December 9, 2015 at 6:56AM, Edited December 9, 6:57AM

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Survey: Mac or PC?

Which one do you use?
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http://goo.gl/forms/dUKqQDoRcb
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I have used both since the early 90's, but for the past 10 years it's been PC just because I can build my own workstations from the parts I choose.

You can produce great work with either system as long as you've got a good monitor to judge your work and enough drive space to store your footage.

December 9, 2015 at 10:27AM, Edited December 9, 10:27AM

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Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer
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I just made the jump from PC to Mac. There are some things I prefer to do on PC but I don't see myself switching back anytime soon.

December 9, 2015 at 6:40PM

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Michael Militscher
Director / Commercial Producer
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Let me say, that this subject, along with film vs digital is a very divisive subject. I am not implying this was the intent by the OP.
The truth is that either one will do what you want it to do.
This is a subject that brings out the trolls. Good luck to you, let the game begin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9r-IRB6Vik

December 10, 2015 at 5:45PM

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You are right. The intention of the OP is just to know how many people use Mac, and how many people use PC with their reason. At that moment is curious see that 47,3% use Mac and 47,3% use PC. I thought that in professional video editing most users would use Mac.

December 13, 2015 at 5:35AM

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Federico Marrocco
Film student
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PC personally. Ive done contract work with bought work stations and chosen macs since Id have to do alot of my own helpdesk troubleshooting and wanted a service place that I can go to 24/7 in NYC.

December 10, 2015 at 8:01PM

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Chris Hackett
Director, Director of Photography, Writer
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Mac OS for sure. It's either Hackintosh or just Mac, but I prefer Apple's OS. I've switched to Mac 5 years ago & I don't see a reason to go back to PC. I have 4 years old iMac & it still is a great computer. I might change it after 6-7 years & buy a new one, but for now I think it's still really good.

December 11, 2015 at 7:03AM

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Andy Tokarski
Director, Editor, Colorist
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I'm pc based but I have a stupid question, but if I buy a black magic cam, any of them, and shoot Prores most of the time, isn't it going to be easier to have a mac?

December 11, 2015 at 8:18AM

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the only difference will be that you can't export back to prores on pc(well you can, but not as easily as with mac), but importing prores, and working with it is the same as in mac.

December 14, 2015 at 4:25AM, Edited December 14, 4:25AM

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Linas
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Windows PC. I've used Final Cut and Premiere Pro over the years, but I liked building my PC and knowing that I can upgrade it myself and that parts are much cheaper. Plus I prefer the Windows OS.

December 11, 2015 at 4:01PM

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Alex Everingham
Video Editor
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I feel comfortable with either. However, if I had to purchase a computer, I'd definitely go with a custom built PC. Much more bang for your buck.

December 11, 2015 at 4:48PM

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Alexandra
Videographer / Documentary Filmmaker
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>>>if I buy a black magic cam, any of them, and shoot Prores most of the time, isn't it going to be easier to have a mac?

You can read ProRes on either system, but Apple does not support creating new ProRes files under Windows, so you either have to write your edited ProRes files to another format like AVID DNxHD or GoPro Cineform, or you have to buy a 3rd party ProRes CODEC "clone" that allows you to create new ProRes files under Windows.

I process everything using the GoPro Cineform CODEC which works identically on Mac or Windows, so you can create a new file under Windows then bring it over to the Mac and do more work on it without having to change anything to read it, then save the changes you did on the Mac and bring the SAME file back to Windows where you can open it and continue to work on it. Cineform : one CODEC for both platforms.

December 11, 2015 at 6:31PM, Edited December 11, 6:32PM

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Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer
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Yes, I remember Cineform from when I used to convert my HDV footage to Neo HDV I liked it a lot. Do you think cineform is better than the AVID DNxHD codec?
Thanks for the tip.

December 11, 2015 at 9:12PM, Edited December 11, 9:14PM

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>>>Do you think cineform is better than the AVID DNxHD codec?

MOV files are not well supported under Windows, so I find working with AVI files using the Cineform CODEC to be more reliable under Windows.

December 13, 2015 at 6:18PM

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Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer
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PC for me but I do mainly photos, never felt the need to go to Mac.
If you started with Mac, I think you stick with Mac, and if you started with PC you stick with PC.
I've seen PC crash and I've seen Mac crash. Most of the times when PCs crashes it's the software issues, when Macs crash it's hardware issues(esp the laptops with their screen dying). Both easy fixes for a person who's tech savvy.
On the high performance laptops I think the price is about the same. But on the low end machines I think PC has much more wide ranges on your choice.
Mac has pretty good support? I don't know, I know PC doesn't haha, figure it out yourself.

December 11, 2015 at 6:50PM

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Keith Kim
Photographer
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Having only recently had experience with macs, I feel that macs (once you get used to them) provide a smoother work flow than PC.

December 12, 2015 at 7:21AM

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Merryn Rae Peachey
Runner/Camera Assistant
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Ive used macs and pcs, I used to be a die hard PC fanboy but a former job required me to use Mac. After that I built my own pc with a duel booted hard drive where I have my choice. The OS usually is dependent on the project: What kind of film am I making? Will it require alot of audio focus? will I need to jump into a seperate audio editor? what camera am I using? What editor works best for that footage? What editor works best for the type of video Im making? What OS works best for the editor Im making?

I would say do not lock you self down into one OS and editor because they all have their strengths and weaknesses.

December 12, 2015 at 1:01PM

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Carsten Weizer
Independent swiss army knife of a film maker
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PC over 90% World Market share, Mac 3-4% World Market Share
PC 99% software written for PC

look up the stats for yourself, but they been consistent for a long long time.

General observation that Mac software is far more expensive compared to PC software that does the same thing.

I say use what ever you want.

December 13, 2015 at 12:49PM, Edited December 13, 12:51PM

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for me, my tablets, phones and laptops are apple's, but for my main computer i use pc.

December 14, 2015 at 4:23AM

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Linas
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