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  • PC Vs. Mac

    I have extensive experience on both PC and Mac, but for film editing, and other design work I prefer a Mac. Well, let me amend that, I prefer using a Mac under any situation.

    When talking to people that are PC users, they say they don’t like using Macs, then they go on to tell me that they never have actually used a Mac before.

    Even though my first experience using personal computers was a PC, once I leaned my way around a Mac (very easy), there was no going back.

    Anyway, just thought I would throw this open for discussion to hear what others think about Mac vs. PC?

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    Mac. Definitely.

    I use a PC at my day job, and deal with it :)
    But I find Macs (a) easier for me to use, (b) easier to get real-person assistance when I need it, and (c) better durability.

    They ARE more expensive. That's the one place where I think PC's have the advantage.
    Screenwriter and script consultant: www.maralesemann.com

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    • #3
      First experience was PC - Got a mac to edit video when I was in highschool. Never looked back, and will never go back.

      I remember the PC you would have to add so much stuff to try and prevent viruses but ever since I got a mac I have never even thought about the word "virus" in the last 12 years....

      MAC all the way :)
      Distribber - Keep 100% of your film's revenue

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      • #4
        I work with both mediums. I edit on a PC though. I have After Effects for both PC and mac so I bounce around between the two quite a bit lately with the feature film I'm workin on :)

        I do want to get a 12 core Mac Pro in the future :)
        http://leealexander.weebly.com/

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        • #5
          MAC all the way :)

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          • #6
            I have been using an iMac since 2012 - I was a PC guy and never understood what was so great about Macs. Now I cannot use a PC ever again but the wierd thing is I cannot explain why, its just Macs are so much "cleaner" feeling if that makes sense? Its kind of like indietalk and filmmakerforum indietalk being the PC and filmmakerforum being a Mac. Does that make sense?

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            • #7
              Hey, how did you guys get those twitter and facebook buttons by your name?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Paul77 View Post
                I have been using an iMac since 2012 - I was a PC guy and never understood what was so great about Macs. Now I cannot use a PC ever again but the wierd thing is I cannot explain why, its just Macs are so much "cleaner" feeling if that makes sense? Its kind of like indietalk and filmmakerforum indietalk being the PC and filmmakerforum being a Mac. Does that make sense?
                [at]Paul: Well put, Macs do feel cleaner.
                [at]Mara: Yes, they are more expensive, but if they last longer, then you're getting a better value in the long run.
                [at]Nick: No drivers needed. You can plug a cheese sandwich into a Mac and it will read it. And NO viruses.

                I actually have two Macs: G5 tower, and iMac desktop (can't hang with the laptops or notebooks). I've had the G5 for 8 years, and in all that time the only problem I had was I blew a memory stick. No big deal. I want to Guitar center and bought a new one for $71. Had to upgrade to the iMac though for all the new software that require intel.

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                • #9
                  I too edit films using a Mac. I write and access the Internet on a laptop PC because I can carry it around and if something happens to it or a virus crashes it, I can replace it relatively inexpensively.
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                  • #10
                    I was a diehard pc fan since I got my first 286 as a kid. However after being a system administrator in the Navy for 8 years I grew tired of everything to do with PCs. I ran a computer repair shop when I got out of the Navy and that drove home the point I wanted nothing more to do with them. I got my first Mac when I started school last year and I will no doubt never go back to a PC. The Mac is easier to use, more secure, and as Nick pointed out I have not even thought about Viruses since I got it. Plus all of my programs for filmmaking are on my Mac.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Jsthompson79 View Post
                      I was a diehard pc fan since I got my first 286 as a kid. However after being a system administrator in the Navy for 8 years I grew tired of everything to do with PCs. I ran a computer repair shop when I got out of the Navy and that drove home the point I wanted nothing more to do with them. I got my first Mac when I started school last year and I will no doubt never go back to a PC. The Mac is easier to use, more secure, and as Nick pointed out I have not even thought about Viruses since I got it. Plus all of my programs for filmmaking are on my Mac.
                      I have a friend that was also a diehard PC fan. He would even laugh at me. Then his student wife bought a Mac and he started using it. He is now a total diehard Mac fan.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Paul77 View Post
                        Hey, how did you guys get those twitter and facebook buttons by your name?
                        http://www.filmmakerforum.org/genera...orum-beta.html
                        The answer is in that link :)
                        Screenwriter and script consultant: www.maralesemann.com

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                        • #13
                          I think PC and Mac can't combared, each one has its pros and cons. I prefer PC over Mac.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by kevinAvis View Post
                            I think PC and Mac can't combared, each one has its pros and cons. I prefer PC over Mac.
                            True, but at least Mac didn't invent that God awful, evil Bing program, that requires permission from Bill Gates himself just to remove it, if it is even possible then.

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                            • #15
                              Ok, I guess I'll take the bait...

                              First, off I'll assume that by "PC" in this context we mean "non-Macintosh PC that is running the Windows operating system" which is how most non computer savvy people use the term. I actually don't know how computer savvy you are, but since you use a Mac, I'm going to assume not very... JUST KIDDING! (sort of)

                              The problem with debates like this is almost always that people on both sides don't actually have a clear idea of what they are talking about. It will, therefore, be helpful to first define the term "computer." A computer is not a single thing. It is a combination of things such as a motherboard (which itself a combination of smaller things), a processor, a hard disk, a video card, and really any number of potentially infinite components. A Mac and a PC do not differ in this regard. They are both combinations of the exact same types of components. Don't believe me? Here is a tutorial that will teach you how to build a Mac with non-Macintosh components: http://nofilmschool.com/build-a-hackintosh/

                              Once you realize that, you probably also are coming to the realization that there is no fundamental difference between a Mac and a PC on the hardware level. Macintosh is just a brand of PC. What Mac does differently than most other brands is that it severely limits your options. They limit your ability to make a mistake in choosing what kind of computer you want by just telling you what you're going to get and not giving you any choice in the matter. For this service, they charge at least double what you would pay for another brand and probably three times what you would spend building an equivalent computer yourself. You think Mac tech support is better than any PC tech support? Well, of course it is because the tech support guy has an exact clone of your computer sitting next to him and knows it inside and out. People just simply have too many choices when buying a PC for that to be practical.

                              What a lot of people (most people) think of when they think of Mac vs PC, however, is Mac OS vs Windows. Now Macintosh could have just made their operating system available to run on any build of computer like other OS makers have usually done, but they chose not to. Why? Well, two reasons. First of all, having the Mac OS available only for their own proprietary builds lets them sell overpriced computers to people who want to run that operating system. The second reason is that they would actually have to improve the hardware compatibility significantly in Mac OS in order to do that. You see, Mac OS is designed to work with only a very small subset of hardware, which Apple can get away with because Macs are only available with a very small subset of hardware. While Windows and Linux operating systems were working tirelessly to make their operating systems compatible with as much hardware as possible, Apple took the other route and just decided to make it easy on themselves by limiting what hardware they would allow you to use.

                              As far as usability, I don't see any discernible difference at the surface level. I often get annoyed using Mac OS because things don't work the way I expect, but I imagine Mac users get just as annoyed using Windows. It comes down to personal preference here. It is certainly not true that Mac OS recognizes more devices without drivers or anything like that. I don't remember the last time I ever had to install a driver on Windows, either. Once I get below the basic user experience into more low level operations, I find Mac to be much more difficult than Windows. This might also be an experience thing as well. It may be that I just don't know my way around Mac OS well enough.

                              As for Macintosh being more secure against viruses... well Mac OS is actually less secure against viruses than Windows. However, it is more safe for the time being simply because there aren't as many viruses being written for it. Here's an article to explain more on that topic: http://www.smh.com.au/it-pro/securit...510-1ye85.html

                              My final verdict:

                              Buy a Mac if you are willing to pay significantly more money to not have to think about what components go into your computer, and more reliable tech support when things go wrong.

                              Buy a PC if you are willing to put significantly more effort into learning how your computer works in exchange for much better hardware and software compatibility and a lower price tag.
                              Last edited by Vance Baryn; 03-13-2013, 10:07 PM.

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