September 28, 2014 at 3:55AM

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Mac or windows for Editing... Who's do you thing it's better?

Mac have good things.

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Mac or windows for Editing... Who's do you thing it's better?

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Can’t say which is better, just that I’ve used Macs all my life, so for me personally, I’m much more productive on a Mac. I’ve never had the slightest desire to edit on a PC, but that doesn’t mean they’re not capable. Use whichever tool works best for you and your workflow.

September 28, 2014 at 2:00PM

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Ryan Toyota
Graphic Designer / Typographer / Video Editor
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I work in both and, with you work a lot of hours mac it's more stable... even if I must to sacrifice a some machine speed.

September 29, 2014 at 4:39AM

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Ragüel Cremades
Film producer and director
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I would agree with this statement for any Windows system before Windows 7 came out.

With Windows 7 my workstations have been rock-solid, where I can go for months without a single lock-up or crash.

September 30, 2014 at 11:29AM

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Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer
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Neither is objectively "better" across the board. That's nonsense. There are plenty of professionals doing all their work on both.

Unless you are locked to an OS (like with FCP X) either works fine, it just comes down to preference, as well as workflow considerations, like what kind of computers/hardware you have to network with and what's easiest.

September 30, 2014 at 11:32AM

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David S.
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Maybe I'm biased, though I've used both and Mac's just seem to be easier to work with. I guess a lot has to do with a Mac'c hardware and the accessibility to getting support when needed.

October 3, 2014 at 1:27PM

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Enrique Olivieri
Film Maker/Writer/Actor
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Earlier this year I spent over 3K building a PC with one of the latest XEON CPUs, tons of super fast RAM and a choice of any GPU I want. Unfortunately, I don't have Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 access. That's very bad.
When it comes to working with video, do yourself a favor, pay the stupid Mac tax and get a goddamn Mac. It's not worth the headache to do otherwise.
I mean, you might be alright if you get a HP Z series or Dell T series workstation for a desktop and or a Lenovo Thinkpad w540 for a laptop, but in the end you're probably still better off going with Mac.
The new Mac Pro appears to be wonderful as do the new Macbook Pros. Their superior quality doesn't appear to be "all hype" when it comes to video applications.

October 19, 2014 at 12:25AM

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I disagree with Nemo. I have a custom build PC and it's an absolute beast. I haven't had any problems with it and it's blazing fast. I use all Adobe stuff to edit with and it works far better than any other Mac I've used (which is a lot of Macs. I've owned one, and went to school for graphic design which used all Macs, and my previous two jobs used Macs. I personally prefer my PC).

October 19, 2014 at 12:23PM

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Paul Gall
Writer / Director / Editor
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I disagree with Nemo. I have a custom build PC and it's an absolute beast. I haven't had any problems with it and it's blazing fast. I use all Adobe stuff to edit with and it works far better than any other Mac I've used (which is a lot of Macs. I've owned one, and went to school for graphic design which used all Macs, and my previous two jobs used Macs. I personally prefer my PC).

October 19, 2014 at 12:23PM

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Paul Gall
Writer / Director / Editor
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Hi guys. Thanks for your comments. I have a mac native and a hackintosh with windows 7 and macos. Three are impressive but the hackintosh make me lost time with maintain one you pass the year or year half of live... Windows 7 is a good SO.

October 20, 2014 at 6:05AM, Edited October 20, 6:05AM

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Ragüel Cremades
Film producer and director
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All my professional life I worked with macs....

All my personal life I've had pcs....

What I noticed back 3-4 years ago was that my pc, which was a meager build, seemed to perform better at rendering than a similar mac did. I was simply slightly faster in both Premiere and AE.

But what the pc lacks is stability. I'm not content with "months without a crash" I want god damn no crashes at all. And that I have gotten with ANY of the macs I've worked on. Not a single crash.

So for me it has been boiled down to what is most stabil rather than efficient, because I'm almost certain that price pr. power is better in the pc world (also because of the choice of cards in apple computers... I mean why oh why?!?!).
But I would rather have a computer which I can rely on completely than facing a monthly blue screen of death or some idiotic oversize maintenance patch/ update.

But hey.... managing your browsing habits also keeps you computer clean and running nicely. My pcs in my teen years and early 20s would get slow and have more and more pop ups over time ;)

October 21, 2014 at 12:21AM

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Torben Greve
Cinematographer
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Also..... you can just run Fusion in Mac OSX and then install what ever version of Windows you want and run it when needed. I have windows 7 running windowed on this MBP, and that's enough for me.

October 21, 2014 at 12:24AM

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Torben Greve
Cinematographer
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this is for me but
for editing i don't think it matters. both have the same application now that fcp is almost irrelevant in the
but transcoding is definitely faster and less glitchy on the pc, even with the same applications.

personally im more familiar and comfortable on OSX however the new mac pro is almost unusable.
not ergonomic at all, really hard to manage connections, said it supports 4x4k monitors but however the computer actually does NOT have enough power to support it alone.
You actually need a powered thunderbolt to displayport adapter. the "ergonomic " design actually makes a Big mess of cables and trouble.
also i have the video card maxxed out at 4GB but it has a lot of issues running pp and ae. ive ran cs6, cc, cc2014, and cc2014.1 and still having issues.
we are seriously considering on increasing the number of PC systems.

nevertheless, it's good to have both systems. also many of the clients we deal with use mac's in the creative agencies.
tho we use reference monitors and dreamcolors for edit/color
it's always a must to check what it looks like on a mac monitor.

October 21, 2014 at 9:52PM

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Kazu Okuda
Filmmaker
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Are the Mac People saying they haven't had a crash ever? ha ha haaa! MAC Pro with 2 Xeon Processors nearly cost me my Job once (a few other times but that one time i was almost cooked!) then a mac went on embarrassed me with a client and a few weeks ago, crashed and corrupted a project i Had... I kept on getting grey screen and then it shuts down and would not tell you wants wrong.. at Least with Widows you get the BSOD and it gives you a heads up on the problem. to each his own but don't you dare say Mac is more stable than a PC because that's a lie from hell. Another upside to having a PC is that there are more available apps and plugins for it so that's a great win.

October 22, 2014 at 12:30AM

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Wentworth Kelly
DP/Colorist/Drone Op
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If you are editing on Adobe, you are getting more flexibility and bang for your buck on a Windows desktop. Period. We can all argue about stability, but both platforms are very mature and both are also imperfect. Windows PC hardware, though, is cheaper and more customizable. I do still recommend Mac laptops though, as I do still think Apple wins there.

There's no such thing as "no crashes ever". Unless you're extermely lucky, or not pushing your hardware/software towards its limits.

If you're on a Final Cut Pro workflow, then stay on the Mac! If you're on Avid, my understanding is that it's a tad more stable on Windows.

October 23, 2014 at 7:52PM

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Daniel Keywan Hollister
Video Game High School
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these days its only a matter of opinion which is better. but IMO PC is better simply cause how east it is to upgrade and of course the $$$$$

November 29, 2014 at 6:02PM

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Michael Militscher
Director / Commercial Producer
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PC has an 85% market share, I think Apple is less than 10%. The problem for apple users is that very few want to write software for it.

Apple has no advantage over PC in function.
It costs more for less performance.

However if you like the feel of Apple that alone is enough to justify its purchase.
If you are more into bragging about your computer and how much you paid for it, this also is reason to buy one (I am not implying that all apple owners brag, but this is a key reason for many).
An Apple can do everything that a PC can do and in fact is using pc hardware, but it will cost you more, so when comparing a $2k computer, it will be slower with less performance.
Apples crash, need repair and get viruses like any computer.
If you like the way the OS works then go for apple, same for PC. The primary difference is that Apple computers are not good value, have limited software options when compared to PC and fewer hardware options due to its OS. Use what ever you want including linux, they all get the job done.

April 3, 2015 at 6:21PM

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Got that right!

April 4, 2015 at 6:59AM

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Jerry Roe
Indie filmmaker
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