Help/advice please

helloshirosan

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Hi,

I'm new to the forum so forgive me if my post is not completely relevant in the correct thread. I just recently purchased my second Apple computer (Mac Mini Late 2012) with the stock configuration of 2.3GHz and 1tb 5400 RPM HDD and 4gb ram. I have recently purchased a Samsung 840 Pro 256gb and it is being installed as a boot drive only while the conventional drive will be for data storage, but files will also be backed up externally. For my monitor, I'm running a Dell U2212HM 21.5 inch. The purpose of this Mini is to be used with Final Cut Pro X to edit my lifestyle vlogs for youtube. I've read through a lot of the forums and members have said that the Corsair (CMSX16GX3M2A1600C10) 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) is timing speed wise than the Crucial 16GB (2 x 8GB) 204-Pin SODIMM DDR3 PC3-12800 offering. If there is anyone who has this set up, please tell me your pros and cons. I have Crucial in my 13 inch MBP, but from what I read, members have rated it as the slowest between Corsair and Kingston. Which one will benefit me the most while editing video in Final Cut Pro X and pushing the Mini to its limits so that the Mini doesn't bottleneck? If it matters what camera in terms of file size etc in which I'm not sure myself, I will using a Canon 340 ELPH and Canon Vixia Mini X updates that have just been announced at CES 2014, but my current cameras are the 330 ELPH and Vixia Mini from last year. Thanks in advance.
 

mBox

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I cant speak for your configuration but with our Mac mini running FCPX and RCXPro using R3D which are RED 4K and up res files without a ROCKET card, I say you should be fine with low res HD footies.
In english, your good to go IMHO.
 

helloshirosan

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Thanks for your reply

I cant speak for your configuration but with our Mac mini running FCPX and RCXPro using R3D which are RED 4K and up res files without a ROCKET card, I say you should be fine with low res HD footies.
In english, your good to go IMHO.
So between the corsair and crucial 16gb ram offerings, if I feel inclined to max out my system for efficiency, which do you recommend? :apple:
 

mBox

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Are we talking milliseconds faster cause honestly I dont even think about that.
Ive given up on speed and upgrading RAM.
As long as they work thats all that matters to me.
I deal more with GPU these days.
Im running a stock Mac mini as explained earlier.

It just works :)
 

helloshirosan

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Are we talking milliseconds faster cause honestly I dont even think about that.
Ive given up on speed and upgrading RAM.
As long as they work thats all that matters to me.
I deal more with GPU these days.
Im running a stock Mac mini as explained earlier.

It just works :)
Oh okay thanks. I'm still pretty new to this so thanks for your input. I was using my mid-2009 MBP and that was a pain for rendering video as it took ages to finish and just slowed down workflow. This is why I've upgraded and just want "real time" results when I'm editing in Final Cut Pro X as well as cutting down the wait time to minutes rather than hours...
 

mBox

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Real time results require horsepower :)
We use a 2010 rMBP, 2012 Mac mini, 2008 MBP and a slew of Mac Pro's from 2006 and 2012 for everything and anything.
If you have to budget go for it.
 

helloshirosan

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Real time results require horsepower :)
We use a 2010 rMBP, 2012 Mac mini, 2008 MBP and a slew of Mac Pro's from 2006 and 2012 for everything and anything.
If you have to budget go for it.
In terms of "horsepower"...what do you mean technically and how would this be achieved with my Mac mini?:apple:
 

mBox

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just a term meaning get the fastest machine you can.

now for FCPX that would mean CPU/RAM/GPU which the Mac mini falters in for real time results IMHO.

I work with 4K and up resolution files.

HD is butter on most low end machines Ive used in the past.
 

helloshirosan

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just a term meaning get the fastest machine you can.

now for FCPX that would mean CPU/RAM/GPU which the Mac mini falters in for real time results IMHO.

I work with 4K and up resolution files.

HD is butter on most low end machines Ive used in the past.
So what I'm gathering is that I've invested in the wrong machine? I'm happy with working with Full HD 1920x1080 and I do not see a need for 2K or even 4K for my purpose of recording fashion and lifestyle vlogs. Still with the budget I have spent so far, $739 for the 2.3Ghz QC i7, $158 Dell U2212hm Monitor, $180 Samsung 840 Pro 256gb SSD, it's disappointing to think that would I have been better off if I purchased the top-end current generation 21.5" offering from Apple?
 

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