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    Quote Originally Posted by filmguy123 View Post
    Yeah, I'm still kicking a late 2013 MBP for my mobile machine! And just upgraded this month from a 2012 desktop. I like to get long life from gear investments and upgrade when really needed as well. There's always something new and shiny... but man has computing gotten faster since 2009 between all of the CPU/GPU/SSD advancements.
    Just sold my two intel iMacs and ordered an M1 mac mini 16GB RAM, delivery in 2-3 weeks from Apple. Still have an old 2012 MBP and 2 dinosaur Macpros, first-gen Xeon and a Powermac G5, both still work but no resale market.


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    Oh shoot I accidentally downvoted you, so sorry. Ok, now I upvoted your previous post to compensate


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    Quote Originally Posted by ahalpert View Post
    Oh shoot I accidentally downvoted you, so sorry. Ok, now I upvoted your previous post to compensate
    I upvoted it to cancel your downvote :-)
    It is a pity you can't click again to remove the up/down.
    Then again it is a pity I am not good looking, rich and 30 :-)


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    My only concern so far was that most of the major FCPX plugin vendors except motionvfx hadn't ported their plugins to M1/silicon. Apple didn't add the checkbox in FCPX to run it Rosetta2. But some clever guys found out how to do that:

    Apply this command in the terminal and FCP will open in Rosetta2 but only ONCE. Next time you would need to execute the command again.

    To launch Final Cut Pro:
    screen -d -m arch -x86_64 "/Applications/Final Cut Pro.app/Contents/MacOS/Final Cut Pro"

    To launch Motion:
    screen -d -m arch -x86_64 "/Applications/Motion.app/Contents/MacOS/Motion”

    (it's on your own risk!)

    FCP in Rosetta2 isn't that slow as I would have expected. Fine for me to check footage on location.
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    I shall keep all informed on both delivery dates and performance.

    My 2011 iMac was a maxed-out beast i7, 3.4Ghz, 16Gb RAM, SSD, 2GB graphics card etc. It could still edit 4k but the OS was Catalina and some of the newer software plugins required Big Sur.
    My second machine an eBay special, again a high spec i7, 1 TB SSD, 4GB graphics etc...well it was noticeably faster but the fans came on at every opportunity, a noisy beast but faster. But nothing to write home about. It ran Big Sur but it was the oldest machine Big Sur would run on.

    My observations will be subjective as I never timed any projects but they still lurk on my Raid and I will see how the M1 performs.


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    traded in my 2011 17" MBP with 16GB of ram and a 2012 i7 27" iMac 24 GB with 680MX GPU and picked up a base M1 MBA. I was concerned about only having 8 GB of ram and only the 7 core GPU but this thing is a beast. No regrets at all and it weighs a fraction of what the 17" MBP weighed and faster is almost every possible way. Really is a great portable machine that runs on battery forever.

    Decoded not to get the base MBP to save $300. I find the battery on the MBA already great and I don't need the extra 100 nits of brightness. I also prefer real function keys to the Touch Bar and the keyboard is more comfortable with the smaller front of the laptop. Plus I love the concept of a fanless design.

    Resolve and Braw are a bit weak but it handles 4k so far fairly well. Well enough to use in the field for a rough cut. FCPX is insanely amazing on this thing. It should be illegal how good this $899 MBA is for editing 4k video in FCPX.

    I don't use Adobe anymore but I do use all the Affinity apps which are native and work perfectly and super fast and snappy. Even Sketch which I use for some UX designs is now native and works 100% beautifully.

    In fact there are only a few apps that are not native for me. A few command line software development tools which are single threaded and even under Rosetta run faster than any other Mac I have. Blender which renders with the CPU with Rosetta just as fast as my 6 core i7 Intel Mac Mini and a few other software development tools which so far run perfectly fine under Rosetta.

    My BMD Intensity drivers do not work yet with the M1. The beta for the video capture device drivers doesn't support many devices yet. I'm sure that will get fixed soon.

    I don't use many plugins for FCPX so I have not tried any yet but so far I have run into very little to no compatibility issues.

    I do kind of miss bootcamp and being able to use my eGPU but oh well. Not enough so to ever want to use Intel ever again. Apple Silicon is amazing and I think has a bright future for Apple. Even if alternatives might out perform the systems its amazing what can be done with very little power usage. While a desktop workstation might be ok with huge power draws I see very little reason going forward to not use a Arm based laptop.


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    I got a notice today out the blue I will receive my mac mini tomorrow. I just remembered I can only use my tv as monitor. I was looking on B&H I was leaning towards LG. Dam these monitors are expensive! Any recommendations for thunderbolt 27-32"?

    $697 LG UltraFine Display Ergo 32UN880-B
    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...play_ergo.html

    $977 LG 32BL95U-W 31.5"
    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...s_full_hd.html


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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter C. View Post
    Dam these monitors are expensive!
    Why not 4K HDMI for $259 then?

    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...28_4k_uhd.html


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    Quote Originally Posted by NorBro View Post
    I need thunderbolt to connect it to Mac M1. The mini does have an hdmi port, but I plan to use that for a tv to view full screen output while editing.


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    Makes sense...but if you're shopping at B&H keep in mind not to only look at the Thunderbolt 3 section if you're open to using Displayport/USB-C options and/or adapters which would save you hundreds (like TB <--> HDMI).


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