Will a Mac Mini do what I need? If so, what specs?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Reminisce32, Oct 25, 2012.

  1. Reminisce32, Oct 25, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2012

    Reminisce32 macrumors regular


    Mar 13, 2009
    The main thing I am trying to figure out is if a Mac Mini would be sufficient to smoothly edit videos of approx. 3 to 5 GB in size, which is about 60 minutes of 720p video game footage, in the format of either MPEG-2 TS Video (.TS), AVCHD Video (.M2TS), or MP4 Video (.MP4). I use the Hauppauge HD PVR for this and those are the only formats it allows me to save.

    The edits I need to be able to make are to grab a bunch of small clips
    out of the full video, insert transitions, and insert a "Picture in
    Picture" watermark with a transparent .png across the finished

    I am also wondering what is the minimum processor, memory, and hard
    drive you would recommend.

    And will the lack of "Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz" and discrete graphics on the Mac Mini have a big impact on video editing?

    Thanks in advance.

  2. blanka macrumors 68000

    Jul 30, 2012
    All current macs are rougly the same speed. The top iMac, the top Mini, the base MacPro (not the 12 core), the top MBPro. All around 12000-13000 geekbench. So if you like Mac, you can do your work on the Mini. The only beast doubling the speed, is the 3500$+ MacPro 12 core which tops 30000. But that buys you a renderfarm of Mini's capable of 52000 points Geekbench.
  3. comatory macrumors 6502a


    Apr 10, 2012
    What you need can be done on 2010 Mac mini... 2012 no problem. Be sure to buy aftermarket RAM, at least 8GB.
    If you are serious about editing, I'd invest in USB3 external RAID enclosure and use it as a scratchdisk. They're pretty cheap nowadays and you can put regular 3.5" drives in there.
  4. Reminisce32 thread starter macrumors regular


    Mar 13, 2009
    Will the lack of "Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz" and discrete graphics on the Mac Mini have a big impact on video editing?
  5. mystic man macrumors member

    Nov 1, 2009
    Athens, Greece
    it s not the lack of turbo boost you ll find lacking but the lack of cores

    if you render a lot invest the extra 200 and go for the i7

    I render gameplay with an elgato game capture hd and the base model is out of the question for me
    it s the same as rendering on an i3

    i m leaning towards the 2.6 myself
    fiy the 2.6 has a higher clock speed on its hd 4000 than the 2.3

    ... Also I m waiting to see benchmark scores on the fusion drive to determine If I m going to buy one or go on with a crucial m4 256

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