Mac Mini Server fast enough for FCP X?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Poki, Mar 23, 2012.

  1. Poki macrumors 65816


    Mar 21, 2012
    As I wasn't able to find such a topic here: Is the current Mac Mini Server (2.0 GHz Quad-Core) fast enough for real-time editing in Final Cut Pro X? Right now, on my 2009 2,66 GHz C2D MBP it's next to impossible to edit 1080p-footage in a complex timeline with up to 8 video tracks, four audio tracks and up to two text tracks stacked - and this was just a four minute video!

    I really need a machine for photo and video editing, and I favor the Mac Mini for it's compact size and it's price. As I already have a 24" LED Cinema Display with Keyboard, Trackpad, Mouse, etc., I don't really need an iMac (and I don't have too much place on my desk left ;)), so this would be the perfect form factor. Of course I would upgrade it to 16 GB RAM and a SSD. Is it fast enough to edit such projects?

    And: Is it also capable of running Motion 5 in adequate speed?

    Sorry, of course I can look at benchmarks (where the CPU is more than double as fast as my C2D) and the system requirements, but as for system requirements, even my MBP should be adequate for FCP X, which it clearly is NOT. So I'm most interested in experiences.

    Thanks for your help!
  2. ipsychedelic macrumors 6502a


    Mar 8, 2012
    It better should...
    As a matter of fact I'm considering the "high end" non-server version, the dual core i7 with the 6630M Radeon (have in mind the server only has the HD3000, which might not be enough, not to say the 6630M is the best, but it's better).

    See this or this.

    I've seen youtube videos and blogs of people running FCPX on MacBook Airs.. pretty well. Maybe NOT the kind of work you're looking for, but hey, if an underclocked 1.x Ghz Core i5 can do the job (MBA 11" low end) then I'd assume the Mini's would tackle it better.

    I think I read somewhere someone had a hard time trying to run DaVinci Resolve (I never used that before, but it seems to come out every now and then when reading about FCPX) on the HD3000.

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