Video Editing and Mac Mini Problem

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by ceehjayem, Mar 11, 2009.

  1. ceehjayem macrumors regular

    Aug 12, 2006
    Hey everyone, I'm not too technically savvy when it comes to computers. I do amateur video editing with Final Cut Pro. I purchased a Mac Mini (2.0ghz, 1GB RAM, base model) and it's taking forever to render my 1.8gb clip. I think total render time with some music is about 1.5 hours as opposed to my old computer (a 2.4ghz penryn mbp, 2gb ram)which would do it in maybe 10 minutes I'd assume.

    My question to you all is, is my unit defective? Will upping the ram increase the clock speed or am I way in over my head purchasing this unit?

  2. ceehjayem thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 12, 2006
    For anyone curious, I purchased 4gb of ram and install it into the machine today. I got the same errors in Final Cut Pro that have to do with drop frames with dealing with HD videos. I'm going to return my mini tomorrow in favor of a more powerful machine. It was worth a shot.
  3. Hoopdy macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2007
    Wow this is making me second guess my decision to opt for the Mac Mini, but I find it strange that your macbook pro, which isn't that much better, would render it so much quicker.

    Have you considered just swapping your Mini out for another one?
  4. Whackintosh macrumors 6502


    Mar 8, 2009
    Montreal, Quebec
    This has me scratching my head as well. Haven't people been saying they've had no problems running FCP on their minis? Have you called Apple to see what their take is on this? Hopefully its just faulty hardware.
  5. Hoopdy macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2007
    I too have a hard time believing it can take that much longer than a comparable machine if everything is functioning correctly. Definitely exchange it before dishing out more money on a iMac, etc.
  6. ceehjayem thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 12, 2006
    I'm not sure guys. It takes an awful time to load videos. I'm not sure if that's due to using 1080p compressed videos but I used the same videos on my previous Penryn MacBook Pro with no problems. The Mac Mini seems to have a real hard time rendering HD quality videos. I even upped the ram to 4gb and it still had the same problems (dropped frames error, longer render times, etc.)

    I think the machine is fabulous as long as you aren't dealing with Final Cut Pro. It seems highly adequate for everything else other than video rendering.

    This is the error that a get:

  7. Hoopdy macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2007
    Are you going to exchange the unit?

    Has anyone else had problems with Final Cut Pro and the Mini?
  8. ceehjayem thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 12, 2006
    I'm still indecisive. I am going to the local Apple store and talk to some of the employees if there's a problem with my unit. Worse comes to worse, I might end up returning it and going with an iMac.
  9. lca355 macrumors member

    Mar 23, 2009
    Did you ever decide? Anybody else using their mac mini for video editing and running into the above issues?

  10. f64 macrumors newbie

    Mar 21, 2009
    Did you convert your native footage from your camera to apple pro res in FCP?
  11. QuantumLo0p macrumors 6502a


    Apr 28, 2006
    Have you tried to do an A-B comparison using an Apple store Mac? I haven't done that in a while but before my last purchase I did a number benchmarks for common Apple apps.

    Works great to try out a home Mac configuration against Apple store Macs as well as being super convenient to do side by side test of everything in the Apple store.
  12. lamerica80 macrumors 6502a


    May 22, 2008
    Im so not glad to read this. I was planning on getting a full HD camcorder and edit the video with the mini. I would probably just use Imovie.
  13. namethisfile macrumors 65816


    Jan 17, 2008
    Looks like you need to increase the speed of your hard disk drive. for video editing, you will need at least a 7200rpm drive.
  14. jnc macrumors 68020


    Jan 7, 2007
    Nunya, Business TX
    Ditto. When I saw iMovie 09, I stopped considering FCE.

    OP, how "amateur" is your video editing? have you tried conducting it using iMovie? Final Cut Pro may be overkill.
  15. stix666 macrumors regular

    Nov 13, 2005
    What is the codec you're editing? I read that one of the HD ones (AVCPROHD or something like that) is v processor intensive
  16. txnoob macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2009
    I too was having similar problem as OP. Last night I got my WD MyBook 320GB 7200rpm Fireware 800 drive. Problem appears to be solved. So it's very possibly the internal drive is not capable of keeping up.

    EDIT: Note this was with FCE.
  17. txnoob macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2009

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