Will 2011 Mac Mini be ok for Final Cut Pro?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by gaspardd10, Sep 3, 2014.

  1. gaspardd10 macrumors newbie

    Sep 3, 2014
    So I'm getting back into video. I used to do some light work on a 2010 15" macbook pro, but I sold it a couple of years ago and stopped. I just bought a mac mini for a price I couldn't refuse. It's a base mid 2011 mac mini 2.3 i5 model. I was thinking about just adding an SSD (Samsung 840 Evo) and 16Gb of ram. I'm going to be using 2 Canon 70D DSLRs for most of my footage. It's mainly going to be weddings for my friends that are going to get married soon. So it's nothing spectacular. So will the mac mini be able to handle this? Or is it just wishful thinking on my part?
  2. talmy macrumors 601


    Oct 26, 2009
    It should handle it but won't render fast. The shortcoming will really be the processor. The added RAM or SSD won't really help. An i7 mini would be much better for this. But since your use is just a one-off just use the mini as-is and save the money.
  3. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Yeah it won't be very fast. I don't think you'll be too pleased with the rendering times if you have a tight deadline. That said, it works.

    Anyways I use mine in cluster mode with the rest of my Macs, does its job well.
  4. Captpegleg macrumors member

    Jan 19, 2009
    What is cluster mode? I got a grip on cluster .... just not sure about cluster mode
    I'm thinking about adding a mini to my own cluster ....
  5. Micky Do macrumors 68000

    Micky Do

    Aug 31, 2012
    An island in the Andaman Sea.
    If your Mini meets these, it is good to go.

    Minimum System Requirements

    OS X v10.9.2 or later
    4GB of RAM (8GB recommended for 4K)
    OpenCL-capable graphics card or Intel HD Graphics 3000 or later
    256MB of VRAM (1GB recommended for 4K)
    3.5GB of disk space

    No doubt higher specs would make it go better, but speed is not likely to be an issue for an occasional user, unless of impatient disposition.

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