Switching to Mac for Video Editing

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Silky1, Aug 11, 2007.

  1. Silky1 macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2007
    I'm a PC guy but creating DVDs from Mini-DV Home movies is a chore. I use Pinnacle Studio 10 and it crashes constantly and Rendering a 1hr DVD can take upwards of 4 Hrs.
    My question: Is the final rendering time on Mac's equally as long and intensive? I know the platform is more stable but if the Rendering is the same, I may as well just upgrade my PC.

    Would a top-of-line Mac mini work well for Basic video editing and DVD creation?
  2. hardhatmac macrumors regular


    Jun 13, 2006
    On my quad 2.5 Ghz G5 it can take that long encoding to a VBR m2v......yesterday it took 1 hour to encode a 13 minute video (so if you do the math, in four hours of encoding I could do 52 minutes of video...)

    So 4 hours to do 1 hour of video doesn't seem that bad.

    I also have a dual 2.4 Ghz PC and I've taken 18 hours to encode a 2 hour movie before...

    It totally depends on the kind of video your working with....in the past I've encoded a 4 hour video (single video track, no filters, etc.) and it took less than 30 minutes to finish.

    bottom line to me is: Mac are very stable systems (not perfect though....my G5 gets stuck every now and again)

    If you get a mac with faster specs than your pc then it will be faster...
  3. pduck macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2002
    I think a Mac mini might be a little underpowered for video work. Yes, it will work (get as much ram as possible), but it may not be a pleasant experience. I use Final Cut Pro and After Effects on a 3 year old Dual 1.8mhz G5 Power Mac and it works great. I've never had a crash. If I were you, I'd look at getting an older, but more powerful Mac.

    You won't regret switching to a Mac for video editing.

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