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    Mac mini fcp question!!!

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    Mac mini fcp question!!!
    I am just going to go to the ground basic questions that i need answered about Final Cut Studio 2 and the New Mac Mini 2.53 ghz, 4gig ram.

    -Will the Mac Mini render basic effects in real time such as Cross Dissolve, Titles, 3 way Color corrector, ext. ?

    -Can I playback 1080i video in the timeline in realtime with basic effects?

    -Will it take over 1 hour to render 3 minutes of HDV Video?

    -Is this mac suitable for making 10 minute 1080i videos in FCP?

    thanks

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    Mac mini fcp question!!!
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    The down side of a Mac Mini is the weak graphics card, and the lack of secondary internal hard drive (Scratch Disk).

    You'll want 8GB RAM if you're working with any flavor of HD on a Final Cut system, plus a very good graphics card. FXPlug plugins run off the GPU, other plugins run off the CPU, so you need enough horsepower from both. Motion and Color are both GPU based apps, again, you'd need a good graphics card. And if you're shooting in HDV, ingest that footage in Pro Res 422, save yourself some headaches, and edit/output faster.

    FCP requires a second drive for the Scratch Disk (or Media Drive), and FW800 won't hold up to high def video data streams. You'd need an eSATA, which the Mac Mini has no way of connecting to.

    No, Mac Mini's and iMac's are NOT for Final Cut Studio work, unless you are only doing standard def video.
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    Mac mini fcp question!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BenB View Post
    The down side of a Mac Mini is the weak graphics card, and the lack of secondary internal hard drive (Scratch Disk).

    You'll want 8GB RAM if you're working with any flavor of HD on a Final Cut system, plus a very good graphics card. FXPlug plugins run off the GPU, other plugins run off the CPU, so you need enough horsepower from both. Motion and Color are both GPU based apps, again, you'd need a good graphics card. And if you're shooting in HDV, ingest that footage in Pro Res 422, save yourself some headaches, and edit/output faster.

    FCP requires a second drive for the Scratch Disk (or Media Drive), and FW800 won't hold up to high def video data streams. You'd need an eSATA, which the Mac Mini has no way of connecting to.

    No, Mac Mini's and iMac's are NOT for Final Cut Studio work, unless you are only doing standard def video.

    lol, this is my third post responding to you because it truly amazes me how people just come up with this nonsense. I just edited my latest video on a 2007 Macbook Pro FIREWIRE 400 DRIVE.

    1080p HD

    YouTube - BIG WEE "STILL IN LOVE WITH WEE"

    All graphics done on a 2.2ghz MBP with a 128mb 8600 graphics card.


    It is amazing how people just do not know what is going on in the
    "Real World"

    Also you can install a second HD inside of a Mac Mini so I have no idea even by your crazy thoughts how in the world you would think a Mac Mini would not work........

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