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David Busse
Mac Mini for AE?
on Dec 21, 2011 at 8:10:40 am

I am going to buy a new Mac and I was looking at both the iMac and the Mac Mini. These two are the ones I can realistically afford. The Mac Mini is $600 cheaper and I already have monitors, keyboard, mouse, so that is not an issue. After Effects is the most intense program I use, but I am also not using it everyday. I mostly use/will be using FCP/Premiere. Will the Mac Mini be able to handle editing or should I go with the iMac? Are the differences worth the price? Here are the basic specs:

Mac Mini
2.7GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i7
8GB Ram
7200 rpm Hard disk
AMD Radeon HD 6630M

2.8GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7
8GB Ram (with ability to upgrade)
7200 RPM Hard Disk
AMD Radeon HD 6770M with 512MB


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Michael Szalapski
Re: Mac Mini for AE?
on Dec 21, 2011 at 3:41:03 pm

If you're wanting to use AE, I would get the quad core processor and add more RAM to it.

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David Busse
Re: Mac Mini for AE?
on Dec 21, 2011 at 4:00:54 pm

There is also the quad-core server Mac Mini
2.0GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
Dual 500GB 7200-rpm hard drives1
Intel HD Graphics 3000

I know it is a server, but I have heard of people using it as a stand alone computer.

I should clarify that I will only be doing light After Effects work, but that will be the most intense program I will likely use on whatever computer I buy. For the most part I will be editing with FCP 7 and Premiere.

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