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Premiere on a MAC vs PC.

Dec 2, 2013 8:56 PM

Tags: #mac #premiere #pc #codec

Hello, I am a MAC user but I am considering moving to PC.  What are the significant differences between running Premiere on a MAC vs a PC?  Can one edit and output the same codec on either system?

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    Dec 2, 2013 10:24 PM   in reply to Alacartemedia

    Hi Alacatemedia,


    FYI:  there is a lot of missing info with regards to the questions that will help forum users to better answer your concerns or might be answered by reviewing the FAQ, Premiere product page or the forums (such format you are using now, legacy requirements and what are your requirements going forward?)


    Here is the readers digest version.


    In terms of significant platform differences?  where you'll see the difference is in the range of supported hardware (video cards, array controllers, audio cards, keyboard, mice.  Professional add-in cards SDI cards, frame capture, etc generally have support by the vendors and feature parity between Windows & OS/X.   If you use thunderbolt accessories, windows lags behind OS/X.  4k-6K workflows require more powerful CPU's for decoding, vendors of windows machine have more powerful machines than Apple.


    In terms of codecs:  There are some differences:  pro-res are only outputtable on OS/X, quicktime on windows is 32 bit so there are output limitations on windows which are not present on OS/X as quicktime runtime is 64bit.  Windows has their WMV which isn't available on OS/X.


    Hope it helps.

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    Dec 4, 2013 9:48 AM   in reply to Alacartemedia

    Alacartemedia wrote:


      I wish there was a good external hard drive solution that worked on both systems.


    ExFAT. That works on win and Mac and there is no file limit like FAT32. We use it.

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    Dec 4, 2013 10:05 AM   in reply to Andrew_S

    There are actually some (several?) built-in effects that are available on PC but not Mac.


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