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  • Wed, Jul 21 2010 3:01 PM

    • Anthony
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    MC 5 & Mac Mini

    I am looking to purchase MC 5 and the Mojo SDI (Firewire).

    I want to know if my system will support Avid. I am running a Mac Mini. It meets all the system requirement for a Mac Avid System, though in the PDF of supported systems Mac Mini is not listed on there. Can anyone shed some light on this before I fork out a few grand worth only to find it doesn't run on my system? It is the previous (late 2009 model) not the newest update in the aluminium casing.

    Thanks heaps!

     

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  • Wed, Jul 21 2010 3:14 PM In reply to

    • pierreh
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    Re: MC 5 & Mac Mini

    It should work because it works on the small 13" Macbook, but you'll have a problem with the Mojo: that little puppy requires the Firewire bus for itself and won't share it with hard drives. And USB isn't great for media files hard drives.
    - Work: MacPro 2010 3.46Ghz 12 Cores 48Gig mem, int and ext Raids, Mojo DX, 10.12.6 - Home: MacBookPro 2.5Ghz quad-i7, 16Gig Mem and SSD OSX 10.9.5 [view my complete system specs]
  • Wed, Jul 21 2010 3:23 PM In reply to

    • Anthony
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    Re: MC 5 & Mac Mini

    Thanx for your speedy response to this. I am downloading the MC 5.0.2 trial software (30 days) and figure if that runs than I should have no problem considering it requires the same specifications.

    As for the mojo, I don't exactly understand. Do you mean the internal drive or do you mean external drives connected to Firewire? There's only one Firewire port (an 800) on the Mac Mini, so I already invisaged using USB HD for external media storage (not the fastest but it's only offline). I'll be using the ProRes 422 (Proxy) codec to handle my offline media so it will fit fine on the internal drive or run fine from a USB drive - shouldn't it? I will obviously finish in Pro Ress 4444 or 422 (HQ). Obviously I'll online at my work not the Mac Mini, same as for capturing intially the Mojo will be mainly used to connect a client monitor and future use.

    Mac OS 10.6.4 | MacMini: 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4GB RAM, NIVIDA Gefore 9400 256MB graphics card, 500gb HD | Media Composer 6.0 [view my complete system specs]
  • Wed, Jul 21 2010 3:33 PM In reply to

    Re: MC 5 & Mac Mini

    Just wondering why do you need the Mojo?  are you cutting SD or HD?  What format if HD?

    Media Composer 5.0.3, MX02, Mac Pro 8 core (2) 3.2GHz harpertown. 6gigs, NVIDIA 8800, P2 workflow.

  • Wed, Jul 21 2010 3:46 PM In reply to

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    Re: MC 5 & Mac Mini

    Well all my off-lining will be in SD. I won't be capturing either, using another system I have access to at work to do that.

    The whole reason for the Mojo is actually just so I can connect an external broadcast monitor to my system, I already have running two dual 24' displays so both display ports are taken and wanted a third (client) monitor - the Mojo seems to be the only Firewire option for external monitor viewing, all others (like the Matrox MXO2 mini) are PCI or USB 3.0 (like the BlackMagic Intensity Shuttle -- but this is USB 3.0 Mac only has 2.0).

    I also figured having the Mojo is a good option as I am obviously looking to upgrade my system in the future to a Mac Pro, but a Blackmagic Studio card is actually cheaper and can do more...

    Does anyone know of any other device that can support an external monitor via firewire or USB 2.0? 

    Mac OS 10.6.4 | MacMini: 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4GB RAM, NIVIDA Gefore 9400 256MB graphics card, 500gb HD | Media Composer 6.0 [view my complete system specs]
  • Wed, Jul 21 2010 4:36 PM In reply to

    Re: MC 5 & Mac Mini

    Keep in mind the Mojo will let you monitor standard def only. 

    Media Composer 5.0.3, MX02, Mac Pro 8 core (2) 3.2GHz harpertown. 6gigs, NVIDIA 8800, P2 workflow.

  • Wed, Jul 21 2010 4:43 PM In reply to

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    Re: MC 5 & Mac Mini

    For other users reading this: installed and ran MC 5.0.2 on my Mac Mini successfully so going ahead with purchase. As for the Mojo, yes, only SD - have decided it's not worth the $1,100AUD to purchase at this stage. It seems Avid is phasing this product out anyhow now with others on the market. Two displays are fine for an offline machine.

    Thanks for the help! Hopefully I will be able to be of assistance in the future to someone!

    Mac OS 10.6.4 | MacMini: 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4GB RAM, NIVIDA Gefore 9400 256MB graphics card, 500gb HD | Media Composer 6.0 [view my complete system specs]
  • Wed, Jul 21 2010 4:45 PM In reply to

    Re: MC 5 & Mac Mini

    I would save your money for a Mojo SDI and get the Macpro now and add a Matrox mini. Installing drives in the Macpro will give you much better storage options.

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  • Wed, Jul 21 2010 4:47 PM In reply to

    • Anthony
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    Re: MC 5 & Mac Mini

    Successfully installed and ran MC 5.0.2 trial software without a hitch, so it CAN run on a Mac Mini meeting minimum system requirements -- good news. As for the Mojo, have decided not to go ahead. It's not worth a $1,100 purchase (it seems they are phasing them out too?). Two dual displays is fine for cutting and in an offline environment I'm not that picky if I don't have an external monitor.....plus there's always the option in MC to view one display as Full Screen if you miss that experience...

    Thanks for the advice.

    Mac OS 10.6.4 | MacMini: 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4GB RAM, NIVIDA Gefore 9400 256MB graphics card, 500gb HD | Media Composer 6.0 [view my complete system specs]
  • Wed, Jul 21 2010 5:54 PM In reply to

    Re: MC 5 & Mac Mini

    I would 2nd what Nubus said, put your money onto a mac pro and MX02.  My Mojo gave me too many problems, so I only use it to inguest analog sources.  I leave it off the system otherwise.

    Media Composer 5.0.3, MX02, Mac Pro 8 core (2) 3.2GHz harpertown. 6gigs, NVIDIA 8800, P2 workflow.

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