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Editing... PC or Mac?

I have my own opinions, but I am curious to see what everyone else thinks.
In general do you prefer video editing 4k (with premiere) on a Mac or a PC?
Give me your reasons.

  • We use both systems and have premiere on both. But there is a huge cost difference. We run Nuke and Houdini on the PCs as the preference when work needs it and Mac for Premiere when the PC is in use. But when both a free, our editors use the Mac over the PC due to speed. Personally, I dont see a lot of difference as they are both high spec machine costing many £££.

    So it depends how much you have to spend on a system, the drives, the backup etc. That may spear you one way and not another.

    Also, I have to ask why would you need to edit in 4K? You'd normally edit in proxy and then online full res... makes the experience so much easier and cheaper.

    3 years ago
  • As Wozy says, seriously think about a proxy/online workflow, and you can edit on whatever you like that way!

    Mac vs PC many people don't compare like with like, they compare a £1000 Mac with a £400 PC and complain that it's 'not as good'. The only difference is the operating system these days, so unless you're particularly addicted to MacOS or aren't prepared to learn, then look at how much PC you can get for the same money - it may be an obvious advantage if you don't pay a premium.

    More may depend on the NLE you're using - Lightworks is available free for Windows, MacOS, Linux. AVID for PC and Mac. Others are single platform as I recall, so may limit you.

    3 years ago
  • Hi Ellen. I'm not sure why you'd want to edit in 4k, but OK. I don't personally like Premier, but they have started listening to editors in the last couple of years, and have improved greatly (I prefer Lightworks).

    As for Mac or PC... I use Mac, but only because I use Mac for other things. As Paddy points out, it has to be a "Like for Like" comparison. I've done a lot of comparing lately--including having a PC built from scratch or designing my own mac "trash can"--and the price difference tends to disappear. So I disagree a bit about PC being cheaper. Once you get into a proper machine for many thousands of dollars, I frankly don't see much of a difference in price (especially once you start upgrading that PCIe SSD flash storage that is awesome for video editing. But holy crap! That terabyte is pricey!).

    If I had a dedicated machine for editing, I honestly wouldn't care which one. I used lightworks in the early 90s when it was PC based. I also used Avid in those early days when it was Mac based. I liked LW much better, even though I was a "Mac guy." For me, it's about which editing system is being used. If I were getting an "off the shelf" computer for editing, it would be a Mac because I like the OS better. If I wanted to get something expandable to replace video cards and such as they improve, I'd get a PC, or just replace the iMac every 18 months OR get the trash can Mac. In the end, it's all about the money over the long term.

    3 years ago
  • I would suggest PC personally; I've used both extensively, but PC is my preference.

    I've always found you can get a lot more for your money - especially if you get a computer which is custom-built for your needs (something you can't get with a Mac, even if you could afford it).

    However, here are obviously pros and cons for both, and if price isn't a big concern, then you might be thinking along other lines.

    No-one's using FCP any more obviously, Premiere is available on both, and so is AVID I believe (though I find AVID prohibitively unintuitive - albeit maybe more powerful). So you'll most likely be using one of those I'm guessing (?) and not need to choose based on your NLE.

    But you may feel a lot more comfortable with one operating system over another, which will really help your experience of editing, and is not a small thing. Windows also gives a lot easier control over reprioritising processes for faster rendering and things like that.

    At the end of the day, great work has been made on both, so I'd say go with your gut!

    NB. Incidentally, I'd echo Dan above in questioning why you'd edit in 4k? Obviously if you're required to deliver in 4k then fine, but I'd say it's probably a bit unnecessary at the moment for most distribution, so I'd suggest downsampling to 1080p HD to edit, then you can replace with full 4k later on if required (as long as you keep the original 4k files!)

    3 years ago