The Worst Thing About Being Broke is Waiting for the M1 Mac Mini

Not being able to go out and buy what I need has made it difficult to do anything with video, but I manage anyway

Jason Weiland
5 min readDec 26, 2020


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The first time I read about it, I knew it was what I needed.

An M1 Mac that could handle heavy video editing for $699? Sign me up!

For a long time now, I’ve been trying to develop an idea for a profitable YouTube channel. But, I didn’t want a vlog where I would have to put my face out there and act like I had a personality.

I don’t, and I accept that.

All the solitude in 2020 gave me a lot of time to brainstorm and plan, and I did come up with two great ideas. So in December, I started making videos.

One of the main reasons I didn’t start making videos before was that my laptop didn’t have the graphics processing power to render video.

I let that stop me for a long time. I didn’t have the right equipment, and I couldn’t afford to buy anything better. Even the cheapest PCs that could run a good editing program like Adobe Premiere or Final Cut Pro were entirely out of my limited price range.

The only thing I could do was start to save and put my YouTubing dreams on hold for a while.

At least until I could afford a new computer.

The end of December 2020 came around, and I had still not saved any money, and like everything else I start, I was ready to give up. I didn’t know if I would even be able to afford the tools I needed to do my work.

It’s Time To Get Started

One night, I was at my laptop writing, and the thought occurred to me that I had never even tried to edit and render this new kind of video I wanted to do. My logic in waiting until I could get something better was because I listened to the naysayers on the internet, and I had only ever tried one or two editing suites before.

I knew that I used Windows Movie Maker successfully, but it was not available anymore. Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro, and Divinci Resolve were way more program than my little Dell laptop could handle.



Jason Weiland

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