Mac Mini Server, host iMovie?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by KettyKrueger, Dec 12, 2010.

  1. macrumors 6502

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    Hi all,

    Considering a Mac Mini Server. Question; is there anyway I can host all my files on the server and still use MBP to say; edit photos and iMovie projects?

    Thanks.
     
  2. macrumors 6502

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    If that is all you will be doing you could use a Mac running the client version of Snow Leopard to do that. But yes, you can do that with Snow Leopard Server.
     
  3. macrumors 65816

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    Are you just going to be accessing the files from the one MBP? If so, you might as well just plug in a USB drive to the MBP to store the files.

    Or do you want to be mobile? If so, then an Airport Extreme with a USB disk would be cheaper.
     
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    I do this, by moving the folders to the server and then using an alias of the same name in the Movies folder to point to the new location. It fools iMovie just fine. Same trick can be don for other apps that want fixed locations for their files.

    Now I use an iMac connected via gigabit Ethernet. Over Wifi the performance would probably be annoyingly slow.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Can I ask what server you are using, and what format is it?

    Do you also do this with iPhoto?
     
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    talmy

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    Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server, the older white model. Standard configuration. Although, as others have pointed out, you don't need the server model if this is the only reason to buy.

    It isn't necessary to do anything for iPhoto because you can put its library anywhere (just hold down the Option key when opening). Only iMovie and iTunes require effort to completely relocate to a server.
     
  7. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks. I've actually got a QNAP TS210 and also a Time Capsule and I'm debating which one to keep.

    I've gotten iTunes to work fine over both the QNAP and TC, iPhoto works fine on the TC but I can't get iMovie to work with either.

    I'm sure Apple have blocked any server working with iMovie, as you have a Mac Mini, you effectively have a full computer which is why I think it works for you. But any site I've seen states that iMovie won't work on any network drive.

    However, I could give it a go. Did you just alias each project folder?
     
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    Yes, I just aliased the folders. As far as iMovie is concerned, the folders look local. Probably wouldn't work with an SMB share, but is transparent with a Mac (server version isn't needed).
     
  9. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Wow, just tried this with my Time Capsule and it worked! Good to know I've just wasted £300 on my 4TB NAS.

    On a related note, are there any external HDDs out there that havbe the same footprint as a Time Capsule?
     

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