For thousands of years, ancient video editing philosophers have tried to answer one question: edit on a Mac or on a PC? With many wars fought and countless lives lost, the battle still rages on to this day. However, there is an answer to this long fought question, and that answer has been in front of the eyes of everyone all this time:
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Let me start by saying I'm approaching this from an unbiased perspective. I own both a Mac and a custom built PC and edit on both of them (Please don't witch hunt me for fanboying one side).
Let's start by talking about Mac's stake in the creative world. I've worked with and visited multiple production companies and organizations throughout the Carolinas, and every one of them is Mac based. They either edit with the Adobe Suite or Final Cut. In terms of industry standard, Mac has a tendency to be that standard. There's a good reason why they're the industry standard too: reliability.
I honestly don't know what about my Mac causes this, but despite the fact my Mac is outperformed spec-wise by my PC, it just ruins Adobe Premiere so much more smoothly. Granted, my PC will render videos faster, but when it comes to my overall workflow the Mac just feels more fluid and polished. For companies that edit with Final Cut the Mac is also the ONLY choice since Final Cut is a Mac only editing software.
Ok, ok, OK! Calm down PC friends. It's your turn now. While Mac's do dominate the reliability of PCs, there is one huge factor of PC's that Mac will probably never touch: price.
As of writing this post, the cheapest professional grade Mac intending for video editing (the Mac Pro) starts at $2,999.00. That is for a base model Mac Pro that came out in 2013. That is almost 6 years ago. Don't worry, if you want a current day Mac, the new iMac Pro the base model starts at only $4,999.00........ Yeah... that's a lot of money.
For comparison, I built my custom PC for around $2,200. Despite the fact my PC is a bit of an overkill, it still dominates the $3,000 Mac Pro in benchmarks, and is only slightly out performed by the $5,000 iMac Pro.
There's seriously just no debate here: PC's dominate Mac's when it comes to pricing.
Another key trait that PC's have over Mac's is upgradability. If you have any of the newer Mac models, you will know that it is an absolute nightmare trying to upgrade your components. Typically the most you can do to a Mac in terms of upgrading is adding RAM or swapping an HDD for an SSD. That's it. PCs, especially custom built PC's have endless possibilities in terms of upgradability. With that said, Apple is rumored to finally be releasing a new Mac Pro in 2019 to allow for the ability to upgrade, but only time will tell if this is the case. If you'd like to read more about the rumors of the 2019 Mac Pro, I suggest checking out this article here.
Both Mac and PC have a place in the creative world. We've talked about how Mac's are more reliable while PC's are more affordable. So which should you purchase? This answer honestly depends in your business/creative model. If you are willing to risk the reliability of your machine/software for a cheaper machine with upgradability, than I would recommend going with a PC (custom built if you can). If you want something more reliable, I would recommend a Mac, HOWEVER, if you are wanting a Mac, I would strongly recommend waiting until the 2019 Mac Pro is unveiled to avoid paying for an outdated machine.
Which system do you edit on? Comment below! I'd love to hear your comments/feedback!