October 11, 2014 at 7:53PM

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Video Editing: Mac Book Pro or Windows Laptop?

Hi! I'm currently using PC as my editing machine and now I would like to get a laptop. Help me choose.

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That's personal choice of operating system, really. What matters most is how comfortable you are with the OS, the hardware on your machine, and how skilled you are at your editor of choice.

October 11, 2014 at 8:38PM, Edited October 11, 8:37PM

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Matt Bastos
Filmmaker/Writer
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Honestly, if you're already comfortable with the windows OS, stick with it and get the laptop that I have and use for video editing on Premiere, the Gigabyte P35W v2. It just spanks the Macbook Pro Retina with its performance:

http://www.xoticpc.com/gigabyte-p35wv2cf2-p-7097.html

It's about the same size, thickness, and weight as the MBPR, but can hold 4 hard drives!! Plus, not only does it have the Intel i7-4700HQ Haswell, but it has a whopping 6GB nVidia Geforce GTX 870M with 1344 CUDA cores.

Add to it a 1080P IPS screen, 16GB RAM, and 4K-ready miniDisplayPort, and you have a real performance powerhouse in a lightweight package.

October 12, 2014 at 6:26AM

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Joe Gunawan
DP/Camera Op/1st&2ndAC/Commercial Photographer
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That laptop is definitely faster than the MBPR, however the Retina does have a much higher res display which I find nice. That laptop is nowhere near as thin as the retina either, so I wouldn't make that claim.

I edit on a Macbook, since I enjoy the Mac OS more than windows. You'll always find cheaper hardware somewhere, but the design of the physical product is never as sleek. The cost is different, but so is the re-sale value. I re-sell a macbook every two years for around %70 of original purchase price.

October 13, 2014 at 3:40PM

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Spec>Appearance
Apple fanboys can never seem to understand that simple concept ;)

January 5, 2015 at 2:05PM, Edited January 5, 2:05PM

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Connor Day
Director of Photography
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That depends on who you are and what you value.

January 24, 2015 at 4:48PM

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Ryan Toyota
Graphic Designer / Typographer / Video Editor
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I think i choose the macbook pro. It's true that there is more options in windows with best/worse performances, but I use both (windows/Mac) and the speed no is everything. The work is more stable in mac. Depend of your work. If with big editing, mac, if it's a little jobs, both system are allright.

October 13, 2014 at 3:02AM

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Ragüel Cremades
Film producer and director
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I personally chose the Macbook Pro. After working with editing softwares on both interfaces, I find the Macs don't crash nearly as much and are in general more reliable devices. I agree, it's definitely a personal choice. But Macs make the editing process very clean cut and that's what I like about them.

October 13, 2014 at 12:06PM

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Shivani Jhaveri
Producer
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The editing process is based on the software used more so than the OS used.

January 5, 2015 at 2:07PM, Edited January 5, 2:07PM

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Connor Day
Director of Photography
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That's true for the most part. However, computers crashing and interrupting the editing process Will slow you down. Not to mention Depending on the OS and its current state that could allow the software to run like garbage.

- Cameron James

December 15, 2015 at 8:54PM

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I've used both and I'll stand behind the Macbook Pro, it's a bit more stable with fewer crashes. I do know a few people who use a Windows machine and are comfortable. I guess I'm a bit biased, I had the opportunity to work for Apple a few years ago and that's when I made the change, "once you go Mac, you don't go back" and I've used them exclusively since then.

October 13, 2014 at 1:52PM

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Enrique Olivieri
Film Maker/Writer/Actor
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It's like saying Nike or Addidas... It depends on the model, price you pay, and most important... What DO YOU PREFER.

October 13, 2014 at 5:16PM

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Tommy Plesky
Director / D.P / Editor
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Canon or Nikon......

August 26, 2015 at 4:10PM

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Keith Kim
Photographer
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whichever computer you won't do extracurricular activities.
it's easy to procrastinate when you can do other things on the computer.
i use one laptop for personal use and one just for working.
but you should always have a separate desktop. sitting down in a fixed environment brings great concentration

October 13, 2014 at 10:24PM

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Kazu Okuda
Filmmaker
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I agree with u. To be honest, i procrastinate a lot as my pc also have games in it. Haha! Might buy 'work specific' laptop later.

October 15, 2014 at 12:10PM

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Mohd Nor Ariza Bin Kamil
Cinematographer and Video Editor
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I agree with u. To be honest, i procrastinate a lot as my pc also have games in it. Haha! Might buy 'work specific' laptop later.

October 15, 2014 at 12:10PM

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Mohd Nor Ariza Bin Kamil
Cinematographer and Video Editor
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get the mac..there's the thing with prores in apple computers that makes the video better i think.

October 14, 2014 at 6:25AM

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You can do ProRes on PCs too

March 26, 2015 at 5:34PM

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David Sanchez
Filmmaker
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Which ever platform you go with you should make sure it has Thunderbolt ports which are 2-4 times faster than USB 3 ports. ( lots of PC laptops have Thunderbolt now )

October 14, 2014 at 10:32AM

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Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer
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Do you guys max out the macbook pro specs? wondering if that's needed to make sure it can cope with editing/rendering/animating at a reasonable speed for short videos.

October 15, 2014 at 10:16AM, Edited October 15, 10:16AM

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I always wonder.. Do macbook can handle heavy after effect task?anyone has experience?

October 15, 2014 at 12:13PM

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Mohd Nor Ariza Bin Kamil
Cinematographer and Video Editor
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depends what you consider heavy. 1080p is doable but i do not consider that heavy.
cutting 6k dragon footage is doable on a thunderbolt drive on 15" retina maxed out but anything more from higher resolution is not doable.
the new red rocket x in a desktop environment doesn't even do 6k at full res.

on epic mx footage, im using a 12 core desktop with a gtx780 and it still feels slow.

October 15, 2014 at 7:18PM

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Kazu Okuda
Filmmaker
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Macbook Retina with thunderbolt drive - I had 500+ files in a 10-second composition. 100+ of those were scaled down videos (about 5% of 1080p). No hangups.

October 15, 2014 at 9:15PM, Edited October 15, 9:15PM

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I would probably recommend the Mac. The OS is just personal preference unless you want something Mac only like FCPX or something Windows only. The reason I'm suggesting the Mac is that if you decide you don't like the Mac OS, you can dual boot Windows on it and turn it into a windows laptop.

October 16, 2014 at 8:51AM

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Beau Wright
Filmmaker
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you can boot apple OS on a windows based computer too

October 16, 2014 at 10:22AM

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Michael Militscher
Director / Commercial Producer
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wow. I didn't know pc could do that. I'll go look for the methods

October 20, 2014 at 1:37PM

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Mohd Nor Ariza Bin Kamil
Cinematographer and Video Editor
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Not legally.

January 24, 2015 at 4:51PM

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Ryan Toyota
Graphic Designer / Typographer / Video Editor
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yosemite is free.. so in my opinion.. it is legaly.. but dont expect apple support if something doesnt work with your hardware.. mine works good..i5 2500k asus MB... 8gb ram hyper x and a 970 Gtx

April 8, 2015 at 12:15PM

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Javier
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Mine doesn't. I'm running hackintosh, and it won't recognize my 1440p as a main display automatically. If I unplug all other displays and restart, my screen looks like an awful 768p upscale, even if it shows 1440p selected in the scale setting.

Another annoyance is I like extending my workplace, but the dock stays on my TV unless I want the 1440p monitor to look awful.

Oddly enough if I set the TV as the main monitor (like the hackintosh does automatically) then my 1440p monitor scales properly.

It's almost frustrating, expect that hackintosh was free, so I can't hate. Just glad I Dual Booted with Windows, otherwise I'd be stuck removing Hackintosh later on.

-T

April 11, 2015 at 12:32AM

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For me it comes down to OS preference and Hardware. I've found out that you can get a higher spec'd PC Laptop for a reasonable price than you would a Mac Book that has lower specs. I like to think Value for my money. I'm not frugal but i like affordability and Apple even though i may be able to afford it will not give me what i want for my money so i would stick with a PC Laptop. As it pertains to editing platform then thats where your choice will be limited to what software you are comfortable using. If you are an Adobe person then either system would be good but if you are a Final Cut Junkie then your best bet would be the Mac Book Pro.
Also bear in mind that you have to keep in mind the cost to repair or replace something if things go wrong so there are many things to consider. A Mac is a Mac A PC is A PC but for me its all about value for money and Affordability and Apple's eco system is not pocket friendly.

January 6, 2015 at 10:33AM

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Wentworth Kelly
Director/DP/Colorist/Drone Op
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I believe it comes down to preference. Macs have basically all the software you'd need for editing, compositing, colour grading, motion graphics, 3D and the works, so apps aren't the problem. People who wanna spend some money, go ahead and get a MBP. If you still want what a mac has to offer with a twist (and less money) get a PC.

January 22, 2015 at 9:40PM

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Hubert Swearine
Video Producer / Editor/ Motion Graphic Artist/ Photographer
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The only downside I see to editing on Windows is its inability to export Prores. Apart from that, I think it's a matter of price and whichever you're comfortable to use. I'm a PC person, I edit with Premiere, I have no complaints at all (except the Prores issue, of course).

January 25, 2015 at 9:52PM

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Quais Waseeq
Cinematographer
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I found in the past that when I had PC laptops their life span was significantly less than when I had the Macbook Pro. But the flip side is that the Macbook Pro was a lot more expensive.

Definitely comes down to personal preference, but since I switched to Mac I've never gone back! I'm editing with PPCC but since it's also available on Windows, again its about which OS you are comfortable with.

Hope this helps, Ben
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February 23, 2015 at 5:31PM

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Ben Kumanovski
Director | Cinematographer
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Why do you need a portable machine? It's an expensive way to get processing horsepower. I picked up a second hand I7 PC box via Ebay for £220. I added an SSD boot drive for some extra zip and away I went. Not only is a desktop inherently more reliable, if any part breaks, I can just replace that part fairly easily. It's also easier to back up your data with a box computer whether MS or Mac. Imagine what it would be like to not just have your computer die on you but to lose all the data too (by data, I mean film footage, of course).

March 4, 2015 at 6:00PM, Edited March 4, 6:00PM

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Julian Richards
Film Warlord
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alright people, give me a hand here. I have this issue, my friend has a mid-2011 iMac (i5, 2.7 ghz, 10gb RAM, 500 gb (7200rpm) HD) and it runs Premiere, Encore, Photoshop and randomly playing HD videos all at the same time, and my PC (i7 4th gen, 3.7 ghz, 1 TB HD (5200rpm), 8gb RAM, Radeon 5800 with 1gb DDR5) can't get close to that. It lags a lot when trying to do anything while rendering in Premiere. What's going on here? Is it really a slightly faster hard-drive and 2 GB of RAM better than my PC setup? what am I doing wrong?

March 26, 2015 at 12:13AM

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gabesie
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Yes it's your hard drive. In this case your pc is only as fast as your weakest link. The bandwidth throughout of your hard drive is choking your ability to scrub through footage or render. Just get an SSD and you will see a huge bump in performance.

Edit: A 5200rpm drive is not meant for rendering, only for storage or low data demanding applications. They're super cheap drives for a ton of storage but they will totally render your specs useless. I would not even recommend a 7200rpm drive for video editing either (unless you truly enjoy punishing yourself).

May 2, 2015 at 7:22PM, Edited May 2, 7:28PM

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So you recommend an SSD for video editing/rendering? I make youtube videos and my MBP 2006 is getting to be too much to handle it even lags when I watch youtube videos sometimes. But it has photoshop on it, but i can live without that. I'm considering getting a PC and making it so that I can run mac os on it (not sure how but i can learn) because I really love using screenflow and already bought it..and it's BASICALLY the only reason i stuck with Apple. I'll be doing video editing and 99% sure i'll be doing audio editing(engineering) via a DAW (Reaper). I've come up with the fact that I should get something i5/i7, quad core, 8/16 gb ram, and i've read that a laptop with a dedicated graphics card is what makes the difference for rendering (not sure exactly what this part of the computer is) i can live with getting Sony Vegas or Adobe PP, etc.. but I really like the way Screenflow works and I know how to use it. so yeah. thanks for any help

June 28, 2015 at 8:15PM, Edited June 28, 8:15PM

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I have tried both and must say for best quality go with mac any time
am a blogger and use many time but mac is good tooo !

February 7, 2016 at 2:07PM, Edited February 7, 2:09PM

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virat s
blogger
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I'd always use a desktop over a laptop personally. Laptop's are so damn expensive for such little specification.

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April 28, 2015 at 11:41AM

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Mac OS is just much better for video stuff imo. I would buy new Mac or make Hackintosh. It's really just as someone mentioned before - once u go Mac, u never go back.

August 12, 2015 at 5:40PM

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Andy Tokarski
Director, Editor, Colorist
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windows are more preferable as you can get many software and for mac its very limited choice so go for it guys. I am a blogger and my blog is http://www.powerbanktalk.com/

September 19, 2015 at 2:06PM

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virat s
blogger
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I'm considering to get a latest MBP Retina to edit 4k footages - 16gb ram & 1Tb SSD, maybe an another external SSD for scratch disk :P

www.tunguyenwedding.com

February 26, 2016 at 9:10AM

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i am not a pro when it comes to video editing. Though i use for nominal video editing with cyberlink. Yet many prefer to go for adobe and sony, but I found cyberlink much decent. And as far as the hardware platform is concerned, I would like to go for windows for its being compaticle with many of these. By the way I am a blogger and my site is www.powerbanky.com.

April 11, 2016 at 3:26PM

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Aditya
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I just recently upgraded to a Mac and I couldn't be happier. I definitely won't go back to Windows any time soon.

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October 23, 2016 at 3:32AM

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Well i would always suggest windows and Adobe after effects video editing is very smooth and interface is very user friendly.
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March 8, 2017 at 7:06AM

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If you ask me i would always recommend windows because there we can do smooth video editing.
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July 24, 2017 at 11:53AM, Edited July 24, 11:55AM

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aman
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I too really suggest you go with windows, with that we can do video editing more smoothly while comparing with others

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September 4, 2017 at 10:35AM

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Jothin
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If you are a beginner, I really suggest you go with window movie maker and if you increase you level then sony vagas is pretty good for you. and if looking for headphones or earphones then gadgetwix is the best website.

January 22, 2018 at 4:46AM

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