Has anyone used Final Cut on a Mac Mini?

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Dave Kowalski, Mar 18, 2005.

  1. Just wondering before I make a purchase, if anybody has used or knows
    someone who has used Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini...
    Of course I'll get the full gig of RAM and 80 gig HD.
    Thanks,
    Dave Kowalski
     
    Dave Kowalski, Mar 18, 2005
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    C.J.Patten Guest

    "No," in response to your question, however, make sure the drive you put in
    your machine is NOT a 4200rpm unit...it won't keep up with a DV transfer.
    (I've tried - you'll drop frames after a few minutes when the buffer fills
    up)

    A 5400rpm drive works FINE.

    C.
     
    C.J.Patten, Mar 18, 2005
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  3. Thanks for the advice.
    Will the drive speed be critical even if I plan on using external firewire
    or USB2?

    I didn't think the system drive would matter, as long as the capture drive
    was fast enough..

    Powerbooks, which I have witnessed running FCP fairly well, are 4200 rpm, I
    think, but could be wrong.
     
    Dave Kowalski, Mar 18, 2005
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    C.J.Patten Guest

    You hadn't mentioned an external drive.

    Heck, get whatever size internal drive you like - you'll only be using it
    for program storage.
    I would still recommend using a 5400. It speeds up general system
    performance. Might be cheaper to buy and install it yourself - an 80 gig
    5400 2.5" ATA-6 drive should run less than $150. If Apple wants more for the
    upgrade, just buy the machine as is, sell the drive and put in a new one
    yourself. You'll probably come out ahead.

    Forget USB 2 - go Firewire. USB2 looks like it's fast enough - on paper -
    and a fast USB2 drive may even work.
    As I understand it though, USB has more dependance on CPU than Firewire.

    Stack the deck in your favour!

    Also: isn't the Mac Mini based on the iBook? If size is a major factor, the
    Mac Mini is a nice piece of engineering but be aware of any compromises
    Apple has made to keep it small. (unfamiliar myself - I went WinXP two years
    ago after owning 17 Macs)

    Good luck!

    C.
     
    C.J.Patten, Mar 18, 2005
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  5. Yeah, the mini is basically iBook guts in a box.

    I actually have been and will remain a faithful Premiere Pro user on XP,
    which, in my opinion, has a distinct edge over Final Cut. Anything in-house
    that does not need to be transported across platforms will be done on
    Premiere. If there is ever support for OMS or there comes to be a file
    format between FCP and Adobe similar to OMS, I'll go right back to
    exclusively Premiere.

    The whole reason I am getting a Mac and diving into FCP is for freelance
    employment ....most places have adopted the
    "Mac for art, PC for business" idea and I want to make sure to be prepared
    for all opportunities.

    Dave Kowalski
    Bennett Studios
    www.bennettstudios.com

    If they ever
     
    Dave Kowalski, Mar 18, 2005
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    nap Guest

    BEAUTIFUL FACILTY DAVE!

    I'm jealous.

    Awesome client list and credits.
     
    nap, Mar 18, 2005
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