Mac Mini Late 2012 - Performance Tests (Video Editing)

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by robertojorge, May 6, 2014.

  1. robertojorge macrumors regular


    May 6, 2014
    Hey guys!!
    While we are waiting for news when the new Mac Mini Comes and what changes will it bring i decided to make a few videos with real world Tests with my Late 2012 Mac Mini. (I7 2,3Ghz 16GB Ram 1TB 5400rpm)

    Hopefully will help those that are waiting for the new model or to get a good deal on the Late 2012 once the new comes out.

    I do Video Editing and Motion Graphics so all tests are based on this:
    (Comparisons made with Late 2013 Macbook Pro 2,3Ghz 750M and my PC I74770K 32GB Ram)

    Video Topics:

    1º Mac Mini for Video Editing & Motion Graphics -

    2º Why Buy a Mac (My Case) -

    3º Why the Mac Mini? -

    4º Premiere Pro Performance -

    5º Final Cut Pro X Performance -

    6º After Effects Performance -

    7º Apple Motion 5 Performance -

    8º Conclusion -

    Hopefully it will help those that are in the same situation i was about a year ago.
  2. slayerizer macrumors 6502a

    Nov 9, 2012
    thanks for the video! I was looking for this! Timing is excellent
  3. robertojorge thread starter macrumors regular


    May 6, 2014
    Great that you found it useful. This was my first Mac (will not be the Last :) ) Having it for a year now i thought i could share the experience that i have had with it.

    As i said on the video i bought it mainly to be able to start using Apple Motion 5 but im loving OSX in general :)

    Really waiting to see if WWDC comes with any news about the New Mini :)
  4. satcomer, May 6, 2014
    Last edited: May 6, 2014

    satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    The don't usually talk about the Mini unless not has a radical redesign. They will probably just speed bump it because of the Mac Mini Server function. The caveat is that it will probably just get a HD Intel 5000 graphics with the new Intel chips. Apple seems to quietly just upgrade the Mini. My fear is Apple will go the glued form in the new Mini.

    Why did you add the second drive with something like this and add a second drive( see the install videos) , like a SSD. This way you could do your own Fusion Drive in Mavericks. This way you could have the speed along with the internal storage.
  5. robertojorge thread starter macrumors regular


    May 6, 2014
    Hi sorry for the late reply :)

    Yes probably they wont announce anything at WWDC but i really have hope on a completely redesigned mini with power (just dreaming but still...)

    Im ready to pull the trigger on a Mini if it has a dedicated GPU - Lets say an iMac full spect out without a screen :) witch is very unlikely (unfortunately)

    The SSD!! I haven't tried an SSD before i bought the mini and it was my 1st Mac so i didn't want to overspent without being sure if i would make full use of it. I´ve been working for a few months now with an SSD on my main PC and cant see going back to HDD Raid :) - Anyway regarding the Mini i could add an SSD but performance wise its not going to help. It will be snapier on aps, boot etc but rendering in Apple Motion 5 will not help. What i really need is a Powerfull GPU - (The GTX 780 that the Imac has would be great) (The 2xD300 that the nMP has are overkill) :)

    So this is my dilemma at the moment :) .

    I will wait to see what comes out this year. If things dont change much i will probably go with the rMBP witch will give me better performance on rendering and in 2-3 years will swapp my PC for a Imac Full Spec out or nMP 6 Cores 2xD300 (All this will require a lot of thought by me)

    Wow sorry for the long text :) - Just sharing my thoughts

    PS: If you are wondering about the Specs of my PC here is a video when i put it together Im really happy with it i just cant run Apple Motion 5 on it :)
  6. lysola macrumors member

    Aug 12, 2014
    Any idea how the Mini2012 would handle FCP7? I'd prefer to stay on this version and not update to X. I'm going to continue researching how well it performs with AE/Premiere and FCPX, but just curious if anyone has any opinions about using it w/ FCP7, thanks.
  7. robertojorge thread starter macrumors regular


    May 6, 2014
    Hi Lysola,

    sorry but no idea as i dont have FCP7. When i bought the mini i also bougt FCP and the version that was available was FCPX, the same with Apple Motion Software, the only version available was 5.

    For AE, FCPX and Premiere ive done the tests as you may want to watch the videos posted on the top.


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