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- May 10, 2006 at 7:51 AM #39156AnonymousInactive
I can’t believe I’m even posting this, after more than 10 years as a die-hard PC user, having built the last 4 PCs myself. Lately, I’m using my PC for video-editing, iTunes, and PhotoShop work, besides internet and email, of course. But that’s really it. All my PCs have had stability problems, virus issues from time to time, and running Pinnace Studio on my PC is very frustrating at times.
The questions is, is it time for me to switch to a MAC? How does the iMove compare to a hobby editing program like Pinnacle? Will a MAC be as fast as a new Intel or AMD based PC? Are the mini MACs just for dorm-room type work, or are they actually viable computers? Has anyone here gone from a PC to a MAC recently?
Any input is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
First of all I dont want to come off as a MAC basher but 99.999% of the time, there are two sides to every story. I have a very good friend who has his own professional photography business that uses nothing but MACs. He mentioned way back that when it comes to digital photo and art work you cant beat a MAC. Way back then I had to agree with him but in the last few years Im not sure Im as inclined to think so anymore. PCs with Windows have made significant advancements in both digital photo and digital video media software solutions. The net result is that there are arguments for both platforms and in the end I guess it just comes down to user preferences.
I have used PCs since computers were made available to the general public and I cant really say that I have had too many abnormal problems. You just need to stay on top of things such as driver updates, hardware upgrades, virus protection and general PC maintenance. Granted because the Windows platform seems to be the favorite of the two OSs out there, sickos who create viruses tend to target them the most. If you take measures against this you shouldnt have a problem.
Just a quick note about Pinnacle: I built my brother an exact duplicate of a computer that I have two of. He decided to install Pinnacle on his PC because I think he got it bundled with something else and he has nothing but problems with it. I on the other hand use Adobe Premier Pro and I have absolutely NO problems with it whatsoever. Premiere is also way more powerful than Pinnacle too. Ive read about others on this forum having problems with Pinnacle too. Not everyone but there is a few cases out there. The general consensus was that there were issues with certain versions and the many various PC configurations out there. If youre thinking about changing to a MAC because youre frustrated with your PC and Pinnacle, maybe try switching NLEs? I got my brother to finally do so and he has been happy ever since.
Yes go for the Mac, after you get the new interface learned you will enjoy editing much more(i had it learned in less then a week). the Mac doesnt crash and rarely do you need to restart it no anti-virus software to buy ever. A new mac mini will work just fine for editing however the hard drives are a bit small and if (this is a big if) you dont like os x you can put windows xp sp2 on it and have a fast computer running windows.
I am getting ready to get a new macbook pro 17" for Final Cut Pro Editing. I am sold more than anything based on the fact that the intel macs can run windows. Therefore I can run both vegas as well as FCP on this machine, and any other programs that I run on a regular basis. I love this concept, and the macbook pro is a powerhouse of a laptop!
I was a total pc guy didn’t even like macs. That was before the last semester at college. My instructors, myself, and the other instructional assistants did a quick study to see if we should continue to teach a mix of Premiere Pro and Avid on dell pcs or switch to something else. We found out that most of the professional post houses in the Dallas area (as well as everywhere else for that matter) were either using Macs with Final Cut Pro and/or Avid Media Composer/Xpress or SGI systems with Discreet software on it. There were also a couple of places that had a Avid DS system running on a PC as it is PC only. The moral of the story is that in this industry people generally use Macs. Some places use PCs of course but most use macs. My first job was my first experience with macs. I never used FCP before and I would say that it took me about a day to get it down. It works just like premiere. Now I have a mac at home and I hate to use my PCs too buggy. But don’t think that the mac wont crash it will. Just not as much. The thing that makes macs better is that they control the hardware and the software. Yes some PCs have that magical mix of the right mother board and the right processor that work well together. In my experience this doesnt happen every time. The one desktop PC that I have left at home does not crash much. At work however I use a 4k dollar Xeon machine that crashes every time you look at it funny. Apple does not have the problem of hardware incompatibility because they make everything the software and hardware.
I would have to say i’m a PC guy. yeah they do have some up keep and maintanace but they are much more versital…as far as componants and software go. As far as viruses on macs and the fact that you "don’t need" anti-virus is an attractive thing but just remember this… the only reason why macs don’t need it is because they are not as popular as pc’s so not as many malicious programmers know the ins and outs of a mac like they do a pc. I guesss what i’m saying is the more popular the macs get the more prone to viruses they’ll get