Answer by refrwfrwgrfd · Sep 19, 2010 at 04:58 AM
Mac mini uses integrated graphics, any system that doesn't have independent graphics will not do well with video editing. I would suggest getting an iMac, or if you can afford it, a Mac Pro.
Answer by catchatyou · Sep 19, 2010 at 05:43 PM
Mac Minis are very powerful computers compared to what a lot of people think. I recommend a Mac Mini for people who want to use iMovie mainly, but you can run more powerful applications like CS5 and Final Cut without lag. Of course the rendering/export time will be longer, because it's not the fastest computer out there, but it will get the job done.
Since you asked if a Mac Mini is powerful enough for HD film editing, the answer to your question is yes.
Answer by ggsm26 · Sep 19, 2010 at 05:07 AM
i actually use a mac mini, and programs like after effects cs5 an premiere pro, and actually neverhad any peoblems toedit full hd fottage, it runns pretty smoothly, i only own the 2009 moddel though, so thenewone should be even better, i believe
Answer by ronknights · Sep 19, 2010 at 10:44 PM
I use a 24" iMac, and a 2009 Mac Mini for my projects. Both of them handling video editing well enough. But it's the actual export or transcoding of the video that takes forever.
A 15-minute YouTube video could take an hour. A 2-hour show takes 8 hours or so.
It really kills my momentum having to wait so long for the final product.
Answer by sfrancis928 · Sep 20, 2010 at 01:31 AM
I use a mid 2009 15" Macbook Pro with Final Cut Studio. The specs are slightly inferior to the $1000 mac mini. I use it to edit HDV video and it actually works quite well. I'm sure an iMac performs much better but I can't complain. The videos I make are usually under 5 minutes, but the only problem you would have with longer videos is export time and that's not that big of a deal. If you plan on using a visual effects program such as Motion or After Effects extensively then I recommend a machine with a better graphics card and more RAM. Motion gets very slow on me if I complicate my scene too much.
But as far as straight forward video and audio editing is concerned the $1000 Mac Mini should work great (SD or HD).
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