Mac Mini + Final Cut Pro

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by The Cardboard Voord, Apr 17, 2005.

  1. Say someone wanted to learn FCP and was impressed with the low price
    of the Mac Mini - particuarly the bottom end model. Perhaps this
    person wasn't bothered about full on performance by the software or
    the odd dropped frame but just wanted to familiarise themselves with
    the interface.

    Would the 1.2Ghz model do the job? Does it need 512Mb or can you
    actually get away with 256Mb to start with? It looks like putting
    512Mb in is best done yourself (invalidating the warranty of course!)
    - any caveats?

    Opinions welcome though I'm not too interested in any along the lines
    of "you might as well get x + y instead". I just want to know if the
    software will start up and run fairly happily on the cheapest box.

    The Cardboard Voord, Apr 17, 2005
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    tetraplan Guest

    We're running FCP on two eMacs that have similar specs (with 512 MB).
    The only difference is the hard-drive, which on the mini is a typical
    laptop-drive and may be to slow. A FireWire drive would be an
    important addition.

    That said, you might want to get an eMac instead, it may be a cheaper
    cheaper than a Mac Mini + FW-drive and you can upgrade memory without
    having to worry about warranty-issues.

    On the other hand, one of our volunteers just bought an iBook and is
    running FCP without trouble[1], using multiple layers and lots of
    compositing/effects, so a Mini might pull it off.

    [1] Although I think he had the memory upgraded to at least 512 MB.


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    Mr. Tapeguy Guest

    Yes, it will do the job although some minor upgrades would yield big
    performance improvements, most notably the RAM and a machine with a
    faster hard drive. Tetraplan is essentially correct.


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    Mr. Tapeguy, Apr 18, 2005
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    Antony Lacey Guest

    Well I can't actually answer your question, but it does run nicely on
    1.4Ghz mini with 1GHz memory, for what that's worth.
    At college they have 1GHz eMacs, but with 1GB RAM installed, and it runs
    reliably (FCP 4). With 256MB RAM I guess it may struggle a little, I
    don't know what the minimum RAM requirement is for FCP4, FCP5 has a
    minimum of 512MB.
    Antony Lacey, Apr 19, 2005
  5. Or 1GB

    (and no, it won't invalidate the warranty if done carefully) :

    Apparently apple mentioned somewhere that 256 was OK but you'd need
    realistically 512 to run any number of applications.

    If it was me, I'd probably just get the 256 box and upgrade it to the
    full 1GBand have done with it. Don't buy the RAM from apple,with the
    machine, you'd pay £50 GBP for another 256MB which is 1/2 way to the
    1GB replacement.

    Cheers - Neil
    Neil Smith [MVP Digital Media], Apr 19, 2005
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