The Mini, and is it right for ME?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by RWCantel, Aug 6, 2008.

  1. RWCantel macrumors newbie

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    I have a windows based laptop and PC (neither are Vista.. hooray). I am wanting to get a Mac to do some video/sound editing using Final Cut Pro, and after scouring forums etc. am unable to find a definitive yes/no as to whether it will work adequately or not. Buying a MacBook Pro is a lot more expensive considering I already have the portability of my laptop, and would want to plug the Mini into my 42inch Samsung LCD HDTV..

    With the Mini's specs upgraded to the 2gig Duo Core processor and the 2 gigs of ram, and with the addition of an external HDD unit for storage, is this system functional for the purposes I want it for (uploading video with audio, editing it, and doing so in possibly large/feature length chunks)???

    Thanks.
     
  2. richardhunt macrumors regular

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    Are you doing this professionally or just for home stuff? I ask because the throughput is where it's at in this case. Does the mini work for what you ask? Yes, but so does a 1.4 Ghz Pentium 4 machine. It boils down on how fast you want it. If you go the mini route the 2Ghz C2D is a very good option, especially when paired with a FIREWIRE external hard drive. Do not get USB for this.

    If you gotta have it faster, then you need to step up to the iMacs with the faster processors.
     
  3. ghall macrumors 68040

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    I'd say, if you can, go with the iMac. But a maxed out Mini should be a good choice if you can't afford to go with the iMac.
     
  4. RWCantel thread starter macrumors newbie

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    it's not professional, but I'm looking to do some semi-professional work.... basically, will the grafix card and GPU/RAM at the max from the Apple Store be able to keep up with me and help me add some if any effects?

    I can probably afford to get an iMac, but what it boils down to mostly is just pimping it out on my huge TV and being able to work off of that....

    I guess what I'm asking is... is it a cost-effective way to do it, really? or will I get far superior bang for my buck by just getting an iMac for 1500?


    What is so great about MacBook Pros anyway?... People make it sound like they're the only and best option for doing video editing..?
     
  5. ghall macrumors 68040

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    The MacBook Pro is a great machine, don't get me wrong, I use one as my main computer. But I don't understand why it's considered the end-all-be-all of video editing. It's great for video editing on the go, but to me it sounds like that's not what you need.

    I think if you go with an iMac you will not regret it.
     
  6. RWCantel thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Alright.... well it's a consideration... but I AM interested, as I said, in using my TV as a monitor for the mini, combined with its media-centre uses..... is the $500 jump to an iMac, and losing that TV functionality, really going to give me the boost in performance to make it worthwhile? I realize it's a bit of a subjective question but.... your opinion, i suppose?
     
  7. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    As long as you don't intend to use Color or Motion that come in the Final Cut Studio package, a Mini will be fine. Just remember, cpu speed is what determines your computing power, so a 2.5 gHz MBP would be about 25% faster.
     
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  9. richardhunt macrumors regular

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    I just read this part on the Final Cut Studio 2.0 requirements:

    An AGP or PCI Express Quartz Extreme graphics card (Final Cut Studio is not compatible with integrated Intel graphics processors)


    So, it will not work on a mini or a macbook. You will need an iMac if you want to run this apps with all features installed. It is no specific as to what features are excluded if you don't have a dedicated video card solution.
     
  10. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Yes, it will, so long as you don't use Color or Motion (which is why the gpu is needed as noted in my post above). FCP will run just fine on a Mini (or MacBook).
     
  11. Bad Paper macrumors 6502

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    I would stay away from a new Mini until it gets updated.

    Surf eBay for cheaper Mac Pros or Minis.
     
  12. RWCantel thread starter macrumors newbie

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    k, thanks for all the advice guys... lots of help
     
  13. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Yes it's right for you, but I'd get a base model MacBook, upgrade RAM to 2GB+. At least you will have a portable and you can still use it as a desktop.

    Also I know Final Cut Pro works on a Mini.
     
  14. RWCantel thread starter macrumors newbie

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    that said, I've watched some of the videos that were provided in a link above and I'm more interested in Final Cut Studio 2....... which a mac mini won't run...?
     
  15. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    FCS2 is a suite of apps, two of which (Color and Motion) require a discrete gpu (i.e., not integrated). You can run Final Cut Pro from FCS2 on a Mini, but you won't be able to run Motion or Color.
     
  16. RWCantel thread starter macrumors newbie

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    yeah.... which is leaving me slightly torn between a mini and an iMac.... basically it's going to come down to pricing... but as FCS2 is 1200 dollars, that is a huge factor as wellllllll hahah....
     
  17. RWCantel thread starter macrumors newbie

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    so I MAY just bite the bullet and get a macbook pro...... you said that FCS2 requires a non-integrated processor to run colour and motion... so does that mean a macbook pro 2.5 ghz core duo can run it?

    thanks
     
  18. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Yes, MBP will run Color and Motion just fine.
     
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  20. NotFound macrumors 6502a

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    Right now, the Mini isn't right for anyone. It's terribly out dated.
     
  21. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    It still makes the HTPC on the Mac platform. While it's dated in some respects, it's still contemporary in others.
     

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