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Motion 2 and Graphics Cards

by macman08 / November 23, 2005 12:35 PM PST

Hello, I am currently using a Mac Mini with 1gb of ram and 80 gig hd. I use it mainly for video editing with final cut pro 5, mix with soundtrack pro, and author with dvd studio pro 4. I recently bought Motion 2 and noticed before i opened it that my graphics card does not support the software. ATI Radeon 9200 32MB is the card i have in the mini. Is there such a thing as an external graphics card that I can connect via firewire? i have just invested a lot of money in software and hardware for my mac and i do not plan to buy another.

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Unfortunately not.
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / November 23, 2005 10:09 PM PST

While the Mac Mini has an "adequate" graphics card, it is nowhere near close to being suitable for what you are attempting.
I'm not sure I would be using the mini for this purpose either although you seem to be working it with some success. Isn't the HD a little slow?
I have just been reading through the system requirements for Motion 2 and even if you had a supported graphics card, your machine is marginal at best.

One of the iMac G5 series would be more suitable, PMG5 even more so, and the investment in software is still viable. Asking the lowest end Mac to accomplish your goal here is pushing the envelope. It speaks well for the machine, and OS, that it is actually giving you results.

To answer your question, there is not such a thing as an external graphics card for the Mac.


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by macman08 / November 24, 2005 3:09 AM PST
In reply to: Unfortunately not.

I now understand but i did buy the mac mini because im not doing much HD stuff with the programs, I use them all for SD projects and video and the speed and rendering time is great. i was just wondering about motion because i have all of the requirements but my graphics card wasn't good enough. Thanks for the input, but i will keep trying to find a way to install motion : ).


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by macman08 / November 24, 2005 3:10 AM PST
In reply to: Unfortunately not.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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(NT) (NT) Thank you, same to you
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / November 24, 2005 3:25 AM PST
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Just a comment.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 23, 2005 10:15 PM PST

I've found the video card to be 'not so important' to video editing and rendering. So much so that we fitted some 4 megabyte ATI go (laptop video chipset) AGP cards to some desktops that do some editing and rendering for the simple reason that it keeps games off the machines and we think the rendering actually runs a smidgeon faster without 10's of megabytes of video ram to manage.

What we find makes the biggest difference is getting enough RAM (past some point it doesn't pay off as much) then more CPUs (or the fastest we can get) then the hard disk system.

In your case, you have the right amount of RAM so look into a faster hard disk given that platform.


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