Mac Mini or PC for home video editing

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by psburley, Nov 29, 2009.

  1. psburley macrumors member

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    I have a Dell quad core PC with adobe elements but was considering a mac mini with maybe final cut express....is it worth the spend?
    I fancy a mac but my dell is a decent machine....do you think I would appreciate the mac/final cut for home movies???

    Any other experiences I would gain over a PC?

    thanks
     
  2. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    I think you ought to let the software decide which hardware you need. Which video editing app do you want to use?
     
  3. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    While a Mac mini with FCP might be the "professional" way of doing things, that's an $800 investment right up front.

    As long as Windows works for you, the "mac" part of the equation won't make any difference - if anything, it'll just be slower then your quad-core.

    FCE, while very nice to use, is not necessarily worth $800. I would suggest looking at Adobe Premier Elements. It's Adobe's version of FCE, maybe a little more watered down, but it's only $100, there's a free trial, and see if that works for you.
     
  4. psburley thread starter macrumors member

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    Mac Mini V pc

    Final Cut express is only around $150 (£100 uk)...are there other pluses with a mac?? never had one but always wanted
     
  5. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    It's not the Final Cut type of computer. It's the entry level Mac for people that want to upgrade and already have an existing display, keyboard/mouse, etc. While it can handle Final Cut Express fairly well, it's not going to replace or even perform nearly as well as your Dell.

    On Windows, I would use Adobe Premiere Pro or Sony Vegas for video editing.
     

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