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  • Anyone Editing PP with MAC Mini M1?

  • Ashley James

    July 29, 2021 at 1:22 am

    I’m considering using a new Mac Mini Mi 16gb for my new 4k multicam project. I have a thunderbolt RAID 2 hard drive for the media. I’m shooting on 4 Sony A7s iii/XAVC SI, which I hope not to transcode to ProRes if I use 1280 x 720 proxies to edit with. Some color correction and effects as well as graphics. Anyone using a similar system that could chime in on this setup? Thanks!

  • Bill Celnick

    July 29, 2021 at 1:15 pm

    I actually have one on order – should be here sometime late today – assuming no issues setting up and downloading all the apps, hopefully I’ll do some testing this week-end.

    Most of my footage is 4K, cameras are Lumix S1, GH4, UX 90 and will be using a 2TB external SSD for my media files.

  • Ashley James

    July 29, 2021 at 4:27 pm

    Thanks Bill. I’m trying to decide between bleeding edge tech vs a 2019 iMac i7 for an upcoming project. Anyone else got an opinion?

  • Bill Celnick

    July 31, 2021 at 12:15 pm

    Hi Ashley

    I set my new Mac Mini M1 up yesterday and redid an edit of a project I did last week on my PC, and overall I’m very impressed. Although it’s on some levels apples to oranges, here are my set-ups, and impressions.

    The Mac:

    M1 16GB Ram, 1 TB Hard Drive, external Samsung SSD connected via bus-powerd hub.

    The PC: Puget Systems (2016)

    64 GB Ram, Geoforce 1070, ssd system drive, Seagate 7200 rpm Spindle drive -internal

    The edit:

    -a youth musical performance – 67 minutes shot with 4 cameras and external audio mixed in.

    -3 cameras shot 4K 2160 – h.264

    -1 camera – AVCHD 1080p

    -Within Premiere: no transcoding to another codec after ingest, no proxies created.
    Sequence settings AVC-Intra 1080p

    -Did not use multicam – directly placed all tracks on timeline

    -used cross dissolves for every transition – about 300 in total

    -reframed and rescaled much of the 4K footage

    -adjusted brightness and contrast minimally

    -applied a LUT via an adjustment layer to the whole timeline (applied after all other edits made)


    -timeline playback: at full resolution PC hung more than the mac, mac worked best at ¼ resolution

    Export: for our purposes we exported an h.264 file to Mediazialla’s recommended settings which is 1 pass 20 bit.

    The PC exported the file in 43 minutes, the Mac in 55 minutes. I’m fine with that considering the price tag.

    For me – the real test will come when I have a project that requires warp stabilization and Neat Video noise reduction – particularly Neat Video – it does a phenomenal job, but slows my renders and exports down considerably.

    Overall after 24 hours, I’m very happy with my purchase.

    I hope this helps.

  • Bill Celnick

    July 31, 2021 at 12:18 pm

    PS: My final export is 1080P – 9GB file

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