Any of the new mac mini's good machine's for editing 4k video?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by macuser86, Dec 25, 2014.

  1. macuser86 macrumors member

    Mar 26, 2009
    As the title say's... Im no computer expert and am wondering if any of the new mac mini's are capable 4k video editing machine's? Or if I should be looking elsewhere. Would be using various software's for editing. Need a solid, stable machine that will handle the 4k footage editing with stability and not crash! I have much preferred mini's over the years so I can connect a screen of my choice but it seems the new mac mini's aren't all that upgradable anymore :/ Will intel iris GC handle 4k? Also, any restrictions on 4k output from the mac mini's to 4k screens?

    Thanks all for your input... :)
  2. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    It's Base Iris GPU and not the Iris Pro. The only way to connect a 4k monitor (officially) is thru the HDMI port at only 30hz. I do believe some have been able to connect a 4k to the DP ports but only at 50hz (unofficial). Now whether the CPU can do 4k encoding at a reasonable speed is doubtful. I personally wouldn't plan on a basic consumer grade box to handle 4k video (especially without a quad core CPU). These are meant to bring the casual user to MacOS and now meant to replace a workstation (although the 2012s were on the cusp of that ability).
  3. macuser86 thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 26, 2009

    Thanks for the post paulrbeers. Noted your thoughts on the matter. Maybe just give the mac mini a pass then for 4k video editing. I guess its either an iMac or mac pro if I want to stay with Apple or go PC. I haven't used a PC in close to a decade, really dont want to go back but Apple's pricing, well, you know.
  4. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    I don't claim to be an expert, but if you're really interested in doing 4k editing on a Mac, the model you should be looking at right now is the "new" Mac Pro, or possibly a maxed-out retina iMac...

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