External GPU for rendering in FCPX?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by waloshin, Dec 21, 2015.

  1. waloshin macrumors 68040

    waloshin

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    I am rendering videos on my Mac Mini, but I am seeing very slow speeds. Can I use a external video card to help speed up the rending times?

    2012 Mac Mini 2.3 Ghz Quad Core i7 16 Gb Ram SSD I am using an external hard drive (WD Red 2 TB through a Vantek HX 2R enclosure).

    I am usually just converting VHS to DVD and enhancing the audio then burning to a DVD or Blu-Ray.

    Thanks
     
  2. Meister Suspended

    Meister

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    Theoretically yes.
    But cost wise this makes no sense.
     
  3. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

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    What are you using for software? VHS to DVD is just SD so your quad core i7 shouldn't have an issue with this at all. You should be completing the task in less than a half hour or so (granted I don't know what you mean by "enhancing the audio"). Of course this isn't taking into consideration of actually copying the VHS to your hard drive (that is real time).
     
  4. waloshin thread starter macrumors 68040

    waloshin

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    I am using Final Cut Pro X and using the enhance audio feature.
     
  5. waloshin thread starter macrumors 68040

    waloshin

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    I am thinking maybe the problem is I am putting the VHS footage in a 1080p time line as there does not seem to be a time line for vhs resolution. I tried a custom resolution to.match DVD but it always failed to export as a DVD and a master file.
     
  6. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

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    Yep that's really pointless. what are you using to capture the export of the VHS?
     
  7. waloshin thread starter macrumors 68040

    waloshin

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    Homestech vidvox for Mac but I am thinking of upgrading to the Black Magic Design Intensity.
     
  8. funwithstuff macrumors member

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    There are SD resolution presets (PAL SD or NTSC SD) which would suit VHS capture, but your capture box may or may not match them. FCP X will let you create a Custom resolution if you need it.
     

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