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i need a cheap set up to exclusively run final cut pro, i was thinking about getting a mac mini with an external hardrive and hopefully that will do the job. does anyone know if that will be good enough? or have any other advice on a cheap way to do this. thank you
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Depending on the nature of the editing you're doing, and the nature of your source material, a Mac mini may be more then enough.

A key is tho you need to use a modern Mac mini with a 9400m or better graphics chipset in it - the intel GMA chipsets are not supported and require workarounds to even install the software

I say *may* be because a lot depends on what you're working with etc.

I know I have edited on a Mac mini (the Mac mini that is now my home theater Mac); footage from a Canon HF100 (AVCHD, 17mbps avg data rate) transcoded into ProRES422 and it worked fine (I didn't use more then a couple of simultaneous video streams and depending on what effects I wanted sometimes I did have to deal with rendering) using a FW800 external drive for scratch.

Some functionality in Color will not work, if you use footage from cameras that have extremely high bitrates (a lot higher then the 20-24mbps on consumer camcorders) you may exceed your systems capabilities, motion projects may be limited on complexity and length.

I would also stay away from ProRES 444. You might want to use ProRES 422 Proxy or ProRES 422 LT for better performance on a mini tho. Here's a little blurp about the ProRES versions:

Apple - Final Cut Studio - Final Cut Pro 7 - Expanded ProRes

And if you notice under Proxy they refer to editing on a Macbook or MBP - the current mini is really about the same capabilities level of a the Macbook back when they wrote that (both machines had 9400m graphics, cpu close to the same (within a few hundred MHz), etc. - now the two machines are a little more separate as the gpu in the laptop is much more powerful then in the mini currently).
There are some nay-sayers that state that it won't work, but in all honesty, it does.

My Macs: Late 2013 rMBP w/ 750m; Mac mini G4, 1.25 GHz, 512m ram (server); Late 2011 11" MBA, 1.8GHz i7, 4Gig Ram, 256Gig SSD, HD3000; Powerbook 12" G4 1.33GHz running Debian as a server; Apple TV (1080p version)
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thanks buddy, i appreciate that, in all honesty you lost me on some of the technical stuff, but ima do my research, thanks again for the advice.
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