I’m hoping someone can provide some advice. I’m looking to recommend a Mac to use at my church. It would mostly be used for live song lyrics and video playback displayed via a projector, playing music, with some audio and video editing.
We share the hall with the school next door so there’s a lot of kids around, so I’m not keen on having an expensive iMac that could get broken, and a laptop would have to be locked away and brought back out every week, could go missing or get dropped. This has made me consider a Mac Mini.
We have a locked media box under our audio-visual station that currently houses an Apple TV and other things hooked up to the projector. My thoughts are to put a Mac Mini in there, run usb extension cables up to the main area to plug in a mouse, keyboard and a spare for usb sticks etc. And then pick up a cheap 1080p monitor and we’re all set. No batteries needed, and nothing accessible is expensive to replace.
I’m having trouble deciding what Mac Mini specs we need - if it was my money it would be easier but I don’t want to recommend something overpowered and too expensive for our needs, but I also don’t want to be recommending it get replaced in a couple of years time.
For longevity, 16Gb of memory is a must. Then I was considering 256 or 512Gb of internal storage, with an external SSD hanging off it for extra storage, and a standard HDD for time machine backups.
Processor is my biggest question. We do some light video editing on fairly large clips. a recorded sermon will be 30-40 mins. Normally I use FCPX to sync video and externally recorded audio, chop the beginning and end, crop in and export before uploading to Youtube. I want people to be able to join the AV team without having to own a Mac or their own video editing software, so being able to complete these edits on the Mac Mini is a goal. Being able to edit this, and export fairly quickly would be great so people aren’t staying back on a Sunday to wait for the edit to render or export. I want to be able to do this all in 4K also, for future. My 2017 dual core Macbook Pro handles this ok, but I do wait a long time for rendering in FCPX.
Sorry for the novel, I’m just really not sure whether the standard 4 core will be fine, or whether to go for the 6 core upgrade to ensure we get 5+ years out of it. If anyone has any other recommendations I’m all ears.