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Prepare it for Final Cut 05 Feb 2014 22:41 #40616

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Hello everybody!

I'm the owner of the latest Mac mini quad core at 2.6 GHz with 16GB of RAM, SSD for system and the HDD as second drive for Time Machine.

I'm asking about what would be the best configuration for the mini to use Final Cut X.

Two SSD as RAID is a good choice?

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Prepare it for Final Cut 20 Jun 2014 02:59 #48187

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Not sure why you need such a fancy raid system. I have lots of different footage from HD ,1080p. some at 130 Mbps from a hacked GH2 to 4K footage from a GH4. I am using a regular thunderbolt drive 3tb with my i5 mini with the HD4000 card. Works fine.

Biggest limitation on these machines is the graphic card but if you max out the ram you'll bump up the card's memory to 1Gb. My other Mini, an i7 model had a built in AMD card with 256Mb or ram and it could not reliably play back 4k without stuttering. Even so you gotta realize that even editing a 1100 clip project using native playback, a lot of compound clips and no transcoding can be done on a mini, the secret I believe it the maxed out RAM and the internal fast SSD.

No if you're going to get crazy and have a number of multi cam 4k clips then yes you're going to perhaps need a raid and then I doubt the graphics card could handle it even with the raid and clips transcoded.

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Prepare it for Final Cut 20 Jun 2014 13:23 #48196

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Your GPU will be your bottleneck. 16GB RAM min. SSDs are small, so a RAID would be a waste. A single T'bolt drive, SSD or SATA would be fine. An SATA based RAID would be fine. But that GPU will be the wall you eventually hit. But editing with proxy media will go a long way to helping.

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Prepare it for Final Cut 20 Jun 2014 19:05 #48213

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Hello!! :cheer:

Ok, I mean that the main features on a Mac are:

- Amount of RAM
- Fast HDD (SSD…)
- GPU

In which terms the GPU helps in the workflow?

I would like to get advice about Thunderbolt enclousures, I guess to fit it 2 or more SSD drives in RAID mode.

And I guess, too, that the USB 3.0 is an ugly option :D

Thank you very much. :)

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Prepare it for Final Cut 08 Jul 2014 12:06 #49428

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Tofu wrote: .. I'm asking about what would be the best configuration for the mini to use Final Cut X.
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... ooh, ooh... "the never-ending quest for the best" .. :cheer:

have you read my 'test'?
www.fcp.co/forum/2-off-topic/20516-4k-mu...th-a-macmini-why-not

A fast 'deliever' would be the #1 on my shopping list.
depending on wallet-size, this could be an amateurish, <100€ usb3-software-raid as mine, or a >5k$ Pegasus...

Concerning 'speed' ... is that of any issue? You're no news-room, I assume. You're not doing high-coomplex 90min features with tons of effects&compos? And even if so: Does it really matter to 'wait' (=you could do other things meanwhile...) 40min instead of 20min? If it matters, you should get paid for 'speed' and consider investement into a speed-beast MacPro.-

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