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.
    Dave Kowalski
    Dave Kowalski, Mar 18, 2005
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  2. Dave Kowalski

    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

    A 5400rpm drive works FINE.

    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
  4. Dave Kowalski

    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.J.Patten, Mar 18, 2005
  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

    If they ever
    Dave Kowalski, Mar 18, 2005
  6. Dave Kowalski

    nap Guest


    I'm jealous.

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