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My co worker is willing to sell me his 2010 mac mini core 2 duo machine for $350. I am interested due to taking videos of motorcycle rides with my drift hd, which records in .mov format. I just have a few questions.
First off the specs of the machine are core 2 duo processor @ 2.4Ghz, 8gb of ddr3 ram, dvd drive does not work, but comes with fresh install of osx 10.8 i believe and all cables, as well as imovie so i won't have to purchase it.
Is it worth the $350 asking price? If it is how do you think it would do for editing 720p video from the drift hd in imovie? mainly looking to overlay text, timers, watermark, and possibly a picture in the video every now and then.
i know the core 2 chip itself is a little on the older side and i'm running 3 gaming pcs with i5 and i7 processors. just wondering how it will compare in speed. i will also mention i am a complete mac noob. I work on them every now and then at my work but often times call my co worker to assist.
I have used imovie for about 3 months a few years ago so i am no complete stranger to it but probably plenty rusty with it. Any opinions are appreciated and if my thread is miscategorized someone please tell me.
Edited by XanderTheGoober - 4/1/14 at 12:01pm
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Bump. Any answers or opinions mac people?
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It would be cheaper to load up OSX over VMWARE plus you would get better performance. $200ish would be the max I would pay for it
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It would be cheaper to load up OSX over VMWARE plus you would get better performance. $200ish would be the max I would pay for it

I attempted to get 10.9 working in vmware player but had no success. and i have heard a lot of horror stories trying to run mac in a vm, not to mention i have also heard such things as it is not legal. I have the monitor keyboard and mouse at my disposal already, so all i would need is the main unit. If i were to get it for cheaper how do you think it would perform for imovie with 720p clips?
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I attempted to get 10.9 working in vmware player but had no success. and i have heard a lot of horror stories trying to run mac in a vm, not to mention i have also heard such things as it is not legal. I have the monitor keyboard and mouse at my disposal already, so all i would need is the main unit. If i were to get it for cheaper how do you think it would perform for imovie with 720p clips?
Anything will perform what you need it to do. I just think a Core 2 Dou machine such as a mac mini isnt worth $350.If it seems like a good deal to you then go for it.

I've gotten OSX to work with VMware before and used it casually just to learn. Never for a powerful application so I cant testify for horror stories.

I dont see how it is illegal to use a product you paid for how you see fit in the comfort of your own home.
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Anything will perform what you need it to do. I just think a Core 2 Dou machine such as a mac mini isnt worth $350.If it seems like a good deal to you then go for it.

I've gotten OSX to work with VMware before and used it casually just to learn. Never for a powerful application so I cant testify for horror stories.

I dont see how it is illegal to use a product you paid for how you see fit in the comfort of your own home.

yes but you see mac osx 10.8 can only be purchased as an upgrade in mac store from my understanding. Please feel free to point me in the right direction if i am wrong. A while ago i was debating on installing mac osx 10.8 on my second gaming rig that has a gigabyte board. looking on other sites for this gigabyte seems to be the big ticket board that supports it. However my gf uses that as her primary gaming rig so i didnt want to take it down for that long while i experiment. not to mention idk how mac osx would handle 770 gpu and 3 screens.
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As far as mac mini prices go that machine is a decent deal, the drive not working is kind of a killer though. Flawless machines with that amount of ram and OS seem to go for about $500-$600. Replacement super drives for the 2010 mac mini seem to go for around $80. I'm sure you could find one cheaper especially if used, but you should consider the cost of it when factoring the price of the machine. iMovie looks like its $15 on the app store so it's not a huge incentive in prince.

From what I've read you should be able to jump up from 10.8 to 10.9 for free, though I can't confirm it.

I used to have a mac book with nearly identical stats to that of the mini. It ran everything that I did (web browsing, various apps and games, word processing) flawlessly, the Mac applications and operating system seem less resource intensive then their Windows counter parts. I never did any video editing on it, but I don't think you'd have any problem working with 720p content in iMovie.

There are lots of video editing programs available for the Windows platform, Sony Vegas is a very popular program that people seem to like and there are versions that are much cheaper than $350. Is there any reason why you are considering the mac as opposed to any of your i series gaming rigs? They should all be able to perform just as well or better with video editing with the side benefit of not costing you any money other then the cost of the program (I'm sure their are free video editors out there for windows).
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As far as mac mini prices go that machine is a decent deal, the drive not working is kind of a killer though. Flawless machines with that amount of ram and OS seem to go for about $500-$600. Replacement super drives for the 2010 mac mini seem to go for around $80. I'm sure you could find one cheaper especially if used, but you should consider the cost of it when factoring the price of the machine. iMovie looks like its $15 on the app store so it's not a huge incentive in prince.

From what I've read you should be able to jump up from 10.8 to 10.9 for free, though I can't confirm it.

I used to have a mac book with nearly identical stats to that of the mini. It ran everything that I did (web browsing, various apps and games, word processing) flawlessly, the Mac applications and operating system seem less resource intensive then their Windows counter parts. I never did any video editing on it, but I don't think you'd have any problem working with 720p content in iMovie.

There are lots of video editing programs available for the Windows platform, Sony Vegas is a very popular program that people seem to like and there are versions that are much cheaper than $350. Is there any reason why you are considering the mac as opposed to any of your i series gaming rigs? They should all be able to perform just as well or better with video editing with the side benefit of not costing you any money other then the cost of the program (I'm sure their are free video editors out there for windows).

when i worked with imovie in the past it was very simple and easy to learn. amazing coming from a life long user of pc i know. i have tried using sony vegas and i just have to do an hour of research to learn how to do 1 or 2 tasks that i think should be much simpler. and the dvd drive not working is not a killer for me being as how i will be using flash drives or network transfers for data anyway. I know my i series would do really good but as i mentioned the software is the big issue for me. if i could figure out how to do everything i need in sony vegas without all the cumbersome research i would probably do that. oh and this mac mini would come with 10.9 imovie and the like with all the updates before i purchase.
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I used to use Windows Movie maker, I remember it being pretty intuitive, but not as powerful as other solution and it was free. May have changed in the past few years, but it might be an option worth looking into. If you have a secondary use for it, like wanting to learn Mac OSX or using it as an HTCP (which it looks like you already have a great one) then it wouldn't be a bad buy, but if it's juts going to be used for occasional video editing it would be difficult (at least for me) to justify the price.

I think iMovie on iPad would probably do all of what you want for about the same price and just as easily, with the added benefit of being a really great tablet with it's own video taking capabilities.
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I used to use Windows Movie maker, I remember it being pretty intuitive, but not as powerful as other solution and it was free. May have changed in the past few years, but it might be an option worth looking into. If you have a secondary use for it, like wanting to learn Mac OSX or using it as an HTCP (which it looks like you already have a great one) then it wouldn't be a bad buy, but if it's juts going to be used for occasional video editing it would be difficult (at least for me) to justify the price.

I think iMovie on iPad would probably do all of what you want for about the same price and just as easily, with the added benefit of being a really great tablet with it's own video taking capabilities.

no need for a tablet, especially to do video editing. for editing i would need keyboard and mouse. windows movie maker sucks. the old xp one was alright but has long since been dead for any usefull video editing, especially 720p. the windows live movie maker is the one i say sucks, only useful for putting pictures together. I'll probably play around with vegas some more on my main rig with the 680 sli, possibly try to figure out how to transcode with Cuda. only other reason i would want the mac mini for is to just familiarize myself with the mac osx. we support some mac users at my place of work and it is annoying asking my co worker how to do simple tasks on it.

Edit:
here's a summary of things i would want my video editor to do.
overlay a watermark
insert text, images, and/or a timer over the video being played
possibly insert sound effects, probably inserting music for beginning and end of clips.
insert shapes, such as an arrow drawing the viewers attention to a portion of the screen
Edited by XanderTheGoober - 4/2/14 at 11:52am
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