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From: Jim Leonard <>
Date: Fri Jan 21 01:45:47 2005

chris wrote:
>>Sorry, the mac mini doesn't serve my needs (I work with video and audio
>>production, the stock mac mini isn't powerful or expandable enough).
> Granted, if you are doing video work, I can see that even the fastest of
> the G4's may just not be fast enough. But if that is the case, I assume
> you are either after a dual processor G5 Tower, or you just aren't
> serious about your video work (considering there is no match to it in the
> Windows world.) :-)

I won't refute your argument, because it's like trying to argue against
artifacts such as the Shroud of Turin: No matter what the facts, it is a
religious artifact and is therefore impossible to disprove.

I will say this: The tools I work with are not only Windows exclusive, but are
also free (avisynth, virtualdub) and the hardware I use has had a total cost of
$1800 (the only additions were 1GB RAM, half terabyte RAID, raw 8-/10-bit 4:2:2
YUV capture/edit). I am not working with DV; I am working with uncompressed SD
video. My project has tiny margins, so if I am to see any profit at all, I
can't go mac because the equivalent would be over double the cost. And I
wouldn't have access to my power tweaking toys anyway.

> (I'm not being a troll, really, I don't care what machine you use or your
> reasons to or not to use it... I'm just poking fun at your claim that it
> isn't powerful enough)

Well, to be blunt, can it encode 10-bit video to MPEG-2 MP_at_ML 1.5x realtime?
Or is there a *free* tool I can use on Mac that lets me perform temporal noise
reduction with adjustable edge masking? Or a scripting language that lets me
perturb video with a series of chained filters and transformations (also free)?
  If so, please let me know. I am open to new ideas.

If I could go back 20 years, I'd buy an Amiga ;-)
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