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why is a mac better??????????

hey. i have a fairly new compaq computer with a 3.00 ghz pentium 4 processor and a nice sized hard drive (160 GB). Is it really necessary for me to get a mac to do video editing? everyone says that windows machines suck and are slow, but if i get good software like avid xpress pro, do i even need a mac? why are they so much better? any opinions would be appreciated. thanx...............actually, i guess the real question is.....should i even bother buying avid xpress pro with my windows set-up? its pretty expensive :cry: -gary

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I kinda optimized my system and now it runs quite fast (pc... amd 2200) Most designers use a mac cus its a little bit faster they say. Yes it is quality stuff.. but do you want to pay so much more for it? It also has alot of disadvantages... for me: it does not support 3D studio max... "they got maya!" yeah well fine I dont use that, max for me. You got a nice pc. And with avid or vegas from sony you should be alrite, no worries mate :)

I'm going to make this short and sweet. Macs are faster, more reliable than lousy windows, and most of all the "pros" use them(with the exception of Avid). Plus FCP is a killer program. That's all I have to say.

Yes its true that Macs are much better and more reliable for editing and stuff like that, but that doesn't mean you have to get a mac to edit well. Avid Xpress Pro is a very good program and will run just fine on a nice PC setup. Just make sure you have plenty of RAM, and a good graphics card if you want to run a tri monitor setup. You also may want to look into getting an Avid Mojo for an additional boost while using Xpress Pro. For me personally, if I didn't use media composer at work, I would prefer to edit with FCP on a mac. But its all a matter of personal preference really.

Editing is about process. The constent fight is what is better the MAC or PC? If you have a PC that is 2 gig+ processor and has 1gig ram+, with Adobe Premiere PRO, Sonic, Avid, Edition, your going to edit fine. If you have a MAC with FCP, Avid...Your going to edit fine The editing machine is only as good as the editor. Both machines will get the best DIGITAL quality, but It will not make the movie look good. Its the editor that does that. The steenbeck flat bed machine is what editors edited with in the 70-80s. For film. It it Imovie with 2 tracks of picture and sound. NOTHING else. no transisions, no effects. Nothing. It does not matter what system you are on.

from what I understand, MACS are better for graphic type things such as photoshop and editing programs etc. I'm not a fan of quicktime though. Anyone else feel the same way? Or am I alone on this one?

I don�t give a f**k what you MAC fans say!, use Dual-Core Technology put in the PC two NVIDIA 7800 graphics cards and three hard drives, each with up to 500GB2 space - a potential capacity of 1.5TB3. with RAID 1 and RAID 0 :twisted: :evil: hehehe PS: that is just the basic part :lol:

Wow Fack, don't be shy about it. :lol: I learned on DOS and moved to Macintosh and was an Apple snob for years. I used to say that the Mac G5 was THE benchmark of all computers. I used to say things like, "Why would the D.O.D. and the Army switch to Apple if Windows was so great?" Not many hackers can really plug up the Mac side of things. Two years ago, I bought my first PC. I noticed that Windows was an emulation of the Apple OS, but then, Apple's OS was an emulation of UNIX (I believe). While I still use both platforms, I truly think that ONE DAY, there will be a universal operating system. Why else would Gates own a bunch of Apple? (shrugs)

Ok, not much of a tech person here. Are laptop "Macs" compatable with windows?

Macs run on another operating system so, NO, they are not compatible. The only thing you can do is run a Windows emulator. They run a bit slower, but it's the only way (I know of) to run Windows on a Mac. The program I used to run is called, Virtual PC.

If you have a computer with the right specs Avid is cool. It's what I use to edit. If you want to play around with things like colour correction.. you can do this on Avid too. I find (and so do most... no.. all other editors I know) that colour correction is almost heaven on Final Cut Pro. What I did on my last project was edit on Avid and transfer to a Mac where someone else did the colour, FX, CGI and so on :)

I edit on a Mac cause I love Final Cut Pro. But I'll also echo what's been said earlier. The computer is a tool, much like a socket wrench, a band saw, or a camera. If the specs are the same, then it's personal preference and personal ability. If your editing still sucks then all you need is more practice. --Trey

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But I'll also echo what's been said earlier. The computer is a tool, much like a socket wrench, a band saw, or a camera. If the specs are the same, then it's personal preference and personal ability.
And that's what it boils down to. Whether you're proficient in Avid on a PC, or Final Cut on a Mac, it's all a matter of taste. I've been a Systems Admin for years and use both platforms, but for media production I prefer Macs. The integration and ease of use between multimedia programs is just a joy to work with. Use what you like and don't lambaste those who use something different. And dralfalfa, you're most likely alone. QuickTime is superb media platform.

I run my own film production compamy and I'm using windows and mac. It's true the computer with mac is faster but the one with windows is easier to use. I use final cut pro on the mac and adobe premiere pro on windows. They both make great editing tools so it's all about how you put your movies together. My advise is to go with whatever you can get for now.

To me, the only major difference is that on a Mac, you get a choice of Avid or Final Cut when editing. You can't use Final Cut on a PC. But I prefer Avid on PC myself.

:lol: Mac.. all the way. From the product design down to performance. Butm thats a meaningless personal opinion. If you are thinking about switching- I would just say-be prepared for an adjustment period. and go for Final cut studio on a new intel-mac. Or a fully packed older duel drive tower- with an external lacie or maxtor media drive. Fucking fabulous! That debate always seems to be amusing.

It'll always be Mac for me. The thing about Windows (as often as this is brought up) is that it really sometimes just doesn't work. Now, that's great, if you're trying to learn about computer science, but chances are you're not. If you're trying to edit a film or burn a DVD, you don't need errors to stop you, or for the computer to ask you a question everytime you tell it to do something. If you want to not deal with the computer and deal with the editing, that's what Mac's will do for you. Hell, even if you want to deal with the computer, Mac's are just plain better. It just comes down to perspective and opinion, really. But the fact of the matter is that Mac's are generally used in the Pro industry for the reasons I listed above, and really they're gaining in marketshare too. It's definately worth a second glance for you.

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I'm not a fan of quicktime though. Anyone else feel the same way? Or am I alone on this one?
The Quicktime program on PC's has always given me a hard time, but it was build on Mac and therefore runs like a beat' on Mac OS X.
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Macs run on another operating system so, NO, they are not compatible. The only thing you can do is run a Windows emulator. They run a bit slower, but it's the only way (I know of) to run Windows on a Mac. The program I used to run is called, Virtual PC.
That's no longer true. With Intel Macs, you get "Boot Camp," software that allows you to install Windows XP onto your Mac. To switch, just reboot the computer.
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I find (and so do most... no.. all other editors I know) that colour correction is almost heaven on Final Cut Pro.
Amen! :D

TimmyD: You are correct. But look at the date when I posted that (2005). The dual core Macs and Boot Camp were not out yet.

Heh, sorry to resurrect an old topic then. :)

Because its more expensive, nicer, girls think u r cool because u have a mac, because they come in different colors and an ipod to match.

Easy easy way to start a fight.

If anyone comes back to read this, I'll say something from a purely operational point of view, technically speaking.

PC's are usually faster, with better video cards (for editing) sound cards (for music) with a wider array of software. However, to buy a PC, that works as well as a MAC in this respect, will cost you a little less.

But MAC's are a little easier to use, from a user's point of view. A good machine, is a good machine, but MAC's 'seem' friendlier.

Save some money and buy a PC if you are computer literate. If you aren't, go with a Mac.

Macs have pretty good video cards too these days... and the new operating system lets you use the video card to assist the regular CPU... (google openCL. Unfortunately, Final Cut Studio does not yet take advantage of this...

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My custom video player can play enhanced viewing... Can yours. Most likely not.

ie.
Start at 2 seconds in and play for 1/20 of a second then pause
move to 2.01 and play for 1/20 second then pause
move to 2.02 and play for 1/20 second then pause
.
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You'll see a lot more detail this way.
I was videoing some strange faster than sight objects!
This feature makes it easy to replay those short segments in a NEW way.

It doesn't run on a Mac.
the app has been on windows since windows 95

Yup it's the apps that count.