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