July 26, 2016 at 2:29PM, Edited July 26, 3:01PM


Macintosh or Windows

Hello guys.
I know, that's a rude one...

Here's the fact : I'm going to build a hackintosh and install mac and windows on it to have the two.

BUT, I want to have your opinions :

1) In the professional world, what is using the most ? I see everyone with a macintosh because of final cut, it was very good before, but now final cut is dying so everyone gets a windows system because it's more free and less expensive.

2) If you're working with premiere pro and davinci resolve, what's the best (windows or mac) for in terms of workflow ? What system will be better for accepting all formats, codec...? For an exemple, a disavantage for windows is that they can read Apple Prores, but can't encode in this codec !

I know that each system are not perfect, that one is not 100% better than the other, but I want your opinion in the case of video editing.

So yes, let me know your opinions ! :)


I would say it all comes down to...

1- Which computer has the most powerful CPU and GPU processors given your price range. Intel has recently announced a 24 core XEON CPU ( 48 theads ) and nVidia has their new GTX 1080 GPU that can surpass much more expensive workstation graphics cards. ( and you can run sets of 2 graphics cards in one computer )

2- Is the software you want to use available for your OS platform ?

3- Is Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt 3 available for your hardware platform ?


July 26, 2016 at 4:54PM, Edited July 26, 4:54PM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

1- Windows and Macintosh will be turning with exactly the same components

2- Yes softwares I'll be using are avaible on the two OS platform

3- I admit that I didn't think about the thunderbolt

Alex Escalibur

July 27, 2016 at 4:26AM

>>>1- Windows and Macintosh will be turning with exactly the same components

In theory, but sometimes nobody makes a computer with the components you want.

I am not up to speed with how viable "Hackintosh" computers are for professional work, so I don't know if it's possible to just pick and choose your components when running the Mac OS.

July 27, 2016 at 7:03PM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

I choose the components by myself. You just have to pick up components that are compatible with mac (http://www.tonymacx86.com/buyersguide/july/2016). These components are always compatible with windows. So you can have both OS on the same computer and that works very well

Alex Escalibur

July 30, 2016 at 1:33AM

1. Final Cut Pro X has improved since it was first released. For the vast majority of people it will work equally as well as Premiere, though there may be a learning curve.

2. The only real advantage of a Windows machine is price. For some that will be very important. I would rather pay more to get something I enjoy using.

July 27, 2016 at 7:52PM


Only 4% of the world uses Apple for obvious reasons. I think if you have used apple computers all along stick with that. If you are coming from a PC experience, you will end up paying alot more in software and computer, with alot less versatility and ability to upgrade your computer for alot more money and headache.

July 28, 2016 at 2:10PM


I've used both professionally, both are fine. Now I'm on Mac because it's more convenient, for me right now, also because of final cut.

July 28, 2016 at 5:26PM

You voted '+1'.

All of you, thank you !

I always have been on windows but now almost everyone around me have a mac.
And, I hearded that Macinstosh version of Davinci Resolve is more stable than the windows version. These are de 2 reasons that pushed me to build a hackintosh.

July 30, 2016 at 1:25AM


Mac all the way, you made a good choice, but be very careful with the hackintosh, the system is very innestable with software upgrades, and it takes time to keep it running optimal, also, and this is a MUST, always keep a fresh backup of your hackintosh, the program you have to use is "Carbon Copy Cloner", if you are careful and do the safety steps all the time you will be covered and will avoid a lot of problems. I have a hackintosh running Mountain Lion and El Capitan, both working perfect, and using them for editing, color grading, etc. Good luck and enjoy, Mac is a bless!

hijo deibn

September 17, 2016 at 11:42AM

It's like when someone has an opinion about Ford or Chevy trucks. Pick whichever you're more comfortable with. You can run into issues with anything. You could even go Linux depending on your workflow. Resolve (editing), Fusion (effects), Paint Net (image manipulation), Audacity (sound editing), and more all run on Linux.

September 14, 2017 at 12:26PM

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