Mac vs PC for Video Editing: Does Graphic Card Count?

Mac vs PC for Video Editing: Does Graphic Card Count? Topic: Media research tools
July 16, 2019 / By Dee
Question: Hey, I'm a freelance video editor. I mainly work with music videos for local music artist and occasional documentaries. I've been doing all of my editing on this emachine desktop with a Nvidia 6150se graphics card amd dual core processor. Definitely a beginner tool, but I've made some good money with it. But it's time for an upgrade. So I started my research and came across some information stating that Mac is starting to go backwards from pro editors and even Final Cut has also let go of some of it's key features from past versions of it. I read that PC is more bang for your buck pretty much and not overpriced. I can afford both pretty much, but I just need the best unbiased opinion. Right now I'm looking at a HP ENVY 15t-j100 Quad Edition Notebook PC: -Windows 8.1 64 -4th generation Intel® Core™ i7-4700MQ Processor -Intel® HD Graphics OR NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 740M Graphics with 2048MB of dedicated video memory (Which is better?) -8GB DDR3 System Memory (1 Dimm) -1TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive My friend has a mac and his videos come out BEAUTIFUL. So crisp, no interlacing/ghosting whatsoever. Just beautiful all around. But my videos image quality come out sub par. Is that because of the graphics card? I'm almost positive he has a Intel HD graphics card. Is the GeForce better?
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Brittney Brittney | 6 days ago
There is good reason that Macs are so popular and are considered the standard among creative media editing. They are the best at it. This is not to say you can't get by with another system just fine. But if you can afford it go for the Mac.
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Brittney Originally Answered: I like technical editing and graphic design. How do I combine them as a career?
Ask by e-mail or "snail mail" or telephone--better yet-- in person at a School or University Career Guidance Counselling Office. That's their job to have current knowledge and information about such as you're asking here. Some Public Libraries have books, dvd's, etc. about this, too. Need help finding what you're looking for? Ask the Reference Librarian to help you find pertinent reference materials. Do you have a state University? (or more than one?--better yet.) Find their websites and read and e-mail and ask about their Department of Radio, TV, and Film. (RTF)
Brittney Originally Answered: I like technical editing and graphic design. How do I combine them as a career?
Absolutely! Any type of catalog, magazine or book layout/composition project can incorporate these two things. In fact, many employers will look for the added benefit of a editor and proofreader when hiring for graphic design. You get the benefit of a designer who can also do the creative part of the job- and make sure it's correct!
Brittney Originally Answered: I like technical editing and graphic design. How do I combine them as a career?
One way to promote yourself in that field is to develope a portfolio. If you are a graphic designer or illustrator, you could advertise yourself a s such. A Production Editor is not what you should call yourself until after you land a job with that title.

Alishia Alishia
Mac all the way. If you want to move away from Final Cut Pro then go to Premiere on Mac. I personally am going to run Final Cut pro 7 until the wheels fall off then switch to Premiere. But I will always use a mac as my computer. Good Luck Experience Advanced Video Assist
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Alishia Originally Answered: Which Video editing software is best for me?
Between the professional post-production software, the best is the one that you have the most familiar and comfortable workflow. Anyone well versed in the simple Windows Movie Maker who composes well would always outperform anyone that works with Vegas or FCP or Premiere as blind as a bat, get what I mean? If you are comfortable and well versed in Vegas, it is a great program with an easy workflow and would be among the first few i would recommend. If you still have not established yourself on a certain program, then i would suggest you go for Adobe Premiere Pro instead. (I was gonna suggest Final Cut Pro as the top choice, but then you mentioned you have a Windows machine so that scratches FCP off the list). I suggest Premiere Pro because you mentioned that you plan on getting After Effects which is perfect for your masking and chroma (green screen), and motion graphics. Having your programs within the same family, in this case the Adobe Creative Suite, would save you a lot of hassles because they are meant to integrate with each other. Because of this synergy, transferring assets from one program to the other is significantly more efficient, quicker with much lesser chances for error issues. It would also be much easier to introduce yourself to other members of the suite since their workflows are very much similar. The only drawback that I have to give you a heads up would be the price-- get ready to do some wallet digging if you are going for the Adobe Creative Suite, its very expensive. But as our producer always told me before when he was still training me: "If it has to do with your bread and butter, don't go cheap on it if you don't want it to go cheap on you." If you are going for the Adobe Creative Suite and plan to use it as an investment, I would strongly suggest Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Production Premium. Programs included there are: -Adobe Premiere® Pro CS5.5 -After Effects® CS5.5 -Photoshop® CS5 Extended -Adobe Audition® CS5.5 -Flash® Catalyst® CS5.5 -Flash Professional CS5.5 -Illustrator® CS5 -Adobe OnLocation™ CS5 -Encore® CS5 -Device Central CS5.5 -Bridge CS5 -Media Encoder CS5.5 This is a set meant for post production so most of what you will be needing is already in there. Just add in Autodesk's Maya and 3DSMax if you wanna include 3D production and you are well equipped for war, so to speak. Regarding about when a better version comes out, you will need to get them as another product just like most other software... Plug-ins can be updated though. If you are not much in a rush, then you might want to wait for the CS6 release. Going by Adobe's usual 12-18 month upgrade cycle, you would have to wait for CS6 until at least Sep-Oct 2011. Don't worry about the new versions though. The CS 5.5 will serve you for a very long time, trust me. These are very massive programs and take several years to master. Even after a few years, it would be very doubtful that you have used every single feature the programs provide, so upgrading isn't that much of an issue. 5.5 to 6 won't be much of a big jump anyway i believe. Sony Creative Software, the family Vegas belongs to, is also great. Adobe does outshine it in almost every area save for one major aspect... Sony throws its big punches in the sound department with ACID Pro, SoundForge, etc., that integrate seamlessly into Vegas. So in a nutshell, it's more what you need and what workflow you are most comfortable in. All have their strengths and weaknesses. Adobe for visual composition, Sony for audio composition, Autodesk for 3D composition. If you wanna get them all, then you've practically got all bases covered. =) And just to add, include tons of hard disk space and especially ram as part of what you will spend since you will need a lot of those two to feed any of those programs and the assets you will be producing from them. I have seen countless times people complaining that they couldn't get their work completed because they ran out of space and/or ram during rendering. And since you are getting After Effects, this makes that need for space, ram and multiple processors a MUST to be able to take full advantage of its multiprocessing capability-- which is insanely voracious.
Alishia Originally Answered: Which Video editing software is best for me?
Just to compare I would suggest you take a look at Movie Edit Pro, http://www.magix.com/gb/movie-edit-pro/plus/ There is a demo available and it has the features you mention.

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