Getting started - Premiere on a PC, or Final Cut Express on a Mac?

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by fast, Sep 13, 2003.

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    fast Guest

    I'm going through the painful process of selecting a new computer and
    a major criterion is that I would like to learn & become proficient in
    digital video editing. Which platform is recommended, considering
    cost, functionality and the fact that I also need to use my computer
    for other work (for the past 4 years, I have only been using IBM
    thinkpads)? Can serious editing be done on a laptop (e.g. something
    like the Compaq X1000 or a Powerbook)?

    Many thanks,
    fast, Sep 13, 2003
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    Mark Smith Guest

    You will quickly find out who belongs to which fan club.

    I am an Apple fan, and would point you toward that platform. What is your
    budget like. You can buy a new $2,000 G5, and 1k more gets you FCP and DVD
    SP. (better hurry for the FCP rebate.)

    You would have to explain why editing on a laptop is important to you.
    Apple's laptops will certainly handle their products. The ergonomics of a
    laptop leave a lot to be desired, so unless you have a docking station set
    up, I would get a desktop.

    Why are buying an editing setup in the first place? Filling in the blanks
    will help us unctuous usenet contributors incredibly (some of us our erudite
    as well).

    Mark Smith, Sep 13, 2003
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    Mike Rehmus Guest

    The questions you are asking suggests that you haven't figured out which
    video editing software will fit your style and needs best. That's the first
    step in deciding on a video workstation. Second is to select a vendor of
    hardware (if the software requires hardware). Then the selection of
    computer is a matter of what the editing product you have selected, requires
    and the $ you have available.

    The hardware doesn't really matter anymore. The editing system is the key
    to the selection.
    Mike Rehmus, Sep 16, 2003
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