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Can I ask why you switched to the Mac?
I had a Killer PC but it hung up and crashed all the time. The four RAID 5 drives continually had errors and had to re-initialize or rebuild. In the past, I've replaced 2 of the hard drives, the power supply and the mother-board. Then the drives crashed again. I always had my PP CS3 Projects backed up on an external drive as well as a Ghost Image of the RAID drives. So anyway, I got sick of PP CS3 and the PC (Windows XP Pro) crashing and lots of people told me MACs don't crash. Well, I don't think that's true any more because I've had hang-ups and a crash with my new MAC Pro with PP CS3 too (3.2 GHZ dual Quad 4 Xeon, 8 GB RAM and four 750 GB RAID Hard Drives). Also, most industry editors use MACs so I figured there must be a good reason why. I have Final Cut also and will be trying it on my next project.
Macs dont crash.....
I tried the FCP thing on the Mac (and the CS3 Suite also)....
I have comeback to Windows CS3 on a brand new machine.
Hope your experience is different and more to your liking.
>most industry editors use MACs so I figured there must be a good reason why.
Probably because the seminal NLE, Avid media Composer, was originally available only on a Mac. So many folks just got accustomed to using one.
>Also, most industry editors use MACs so I figured there must be a good reason why.
I would seriously refute that statement. As Jim said, the first round of NLE's were built for Macs and that's because they were superior for the task of dealing with video and audio than Windows machines at the time. These days the argument that one is far superior to the other is superficial at best. As such, most of the NLE's I've ever had anything to do with have been on a Windows platform, whether that's Premiere, Avid, Quantel, Grass Valley. The only Mac edit systems I've ever worked on have been FCP and a lonely copy of Avid in an old tape to tape newsroom that no one wanted to go near.
The platform does not make the edit system. Use the system that feels right for your needs, not because of a preconceived notion of "the standard".
This whole "macs don't crash" is a pile of poo.
If you know what you are doing both platforms are solid!
Also ask in the Mac forum, they might help you since we are PC people.