When I originally purchase the Late 2014 Early 2015 Mac Mini, I knew I was going to have to upgrade the 5400 rpm spinning hard drive to an SSD. When I got the Mac Mini, I realized very quickly that not having SSD was a no go for me! I have been using SSD‘s for a few years now and you just can’t go back once you are used to the speed. It took me a while but I finally got off my lazy butt and swapped out the 1TB spinning drive for a 480GB solid state drive (SSD).
I get a lot of questions on my YouTube Channel about which Apple Macintosh computer is the best for those that want to become a YouTuber and use iMovie to edit their videos. I decided to give two recommendations when answering this question. The first will be for a portable and the second will be for a desktop.
Before giving the answer to your question I would like to qualify my answers:
I will try to keep the choices to the lowest price models that I would actually buy.
The Mac will give you the best bang-for-buck with editing video using iMovie (and Final Cut Pro X for that matter).
Lowest price is not my goal.
8GB of RAM is a minimum requirement as I think Apple shipping computers in 2015 with 4GB is a joke.
The sum of the whole often proves to be a better system than the specs you see. (What I mean is CPU, GPU, Hard Drive speeds, etc.)
How to do Slow Motion, Fast Motion, and Reversing Video with iMovie
This iMovie tutorial is jam packed full of cool things you can do with Apple’s iMovie. I cover how to do slow motion video, fast motion video, and reversing your video. With your imagination and some creativity, you can do some pretty cool edits!
I totally forgot that iMovie had basic key frame animations, but once I remembered, I knew I had to do a simple animation tutorial. I also knew that I wanted to use the bullet from Super Mario games in the video, lol.
In this video I show you how to easily animate videos or images using iMovie, that comes free with new Apple Macintosh computers.
The best thing about being in the Apple ecosystem is the way things connect to each other and the way Apple gives you these little features that you just can’t get elsewhere. In this tutorial I show you how to connect your iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch to your Mac and then record your iOS devices screen. The application you use to do the recording is the QuickTime player, which comes free with all new Macintosh computers. Once you get the video captures you will name it and save it, then import into either iMovie or Final Cut Pro X. Then the rest is up to you (^_^)
There are only a couple of things to know:
1. Older 30 Pin connected iOS devices (iPhones/iPads/iPod Touch’s) don’t seem to work. (at least I tried mine and they didn’t work)
2. Capture quality is dependent on your screen. If you don’t have a Retina screen on your Mac it wont capture all those awesome pixels.
Thought I would post my current computer setup as of February 2015. Right now I have a custom built i7 PC running Windows 7 and a MacBook Pro (i5 that is just about 5 years old!!). My future plans are to simplify the setup and add a few things here and there. I am thinking about picking up a Mac Mini in a month or so for my video editing. It seems that my MBP (MacBook Pro) is very long in the tooth so it takes forever to render and it gets crazy hot! Although I can edit on the PC using Sony Movie Studio Platinum, I really prefer to edit on the Mac. It’s just easier and allows me to be more creative, in my humble opinion. Final Cut Pro X and iMovie for the win, when it comes to video editing for me (^_^)
This video tutorial shows you have to record, edit, and export (share) a Podcast using Apple’s GarageBand software. GarageBand comes free with new Mac computers. GarageBand is a very powerful and creative program, but it takes a bit to get used to. Once you get the hang of it, you will be editing your podcast like a pro!!
In this Tutorial I cover just about all you need to learn how to edit video on the Mac using Apple’s iMovie. iMovie comes with all new Mac’s and, in my opinion, it’s the best editing software for beginners to intermediate users. After you master iMovie and you start to run up against the limitations, you can upgrade to Final Cut Pro X, but and I mean but…..You can do just about all you need with iMovie and a couple of crafty hacks.