well, this discussion kind of drifted away from the initial question, this isnt about the girlfriend anymore, we already stated that a PC is a very valid option for her … hell, i was the first one to say that
the discussion landed on a path where you made out to be that mac WASNT a valid option and as a user of both systems i don’t see the difference between it, i even think it’s stupid that people use the term “a mac user” or “a pc user”, but if you have to clasify people i would say i’m a “pc user” because i only use mac for professional purposes, hell, i’ll use whatever they want me to use …
what i state isnt realy any discussionmaterial, it’s just fact, if you can’t get your head around it, then it’s no loss. I’m not a cg-guy who happens to edit every now and then (i’m not saying you are, hell, i don’t even know what/who you are). I’m an editor first at this point, which means that i’m neck deep in editing on a daily bases and i NEED to know how the nuts and bolts of it are, and i can’t help it that there are a lot of fcp’s and macs in the industry, that’s just the way it is, worldwide. And i just don’t get why you have to put up a front AGAINST mac, didnt you get enough candy as a kid ? i dunno, but arguments like that are just stupid and pointless.
the nice thing about editing films is that you don’t realy need all the technical mumbo jumbo (ok, you need your basics, that’s true), the biggest technical issue is getting your material on your drives on the app of your choise and the os of your choise and you can do it anywhere, hell, you can capture it in a compressed codec, put the rushes of an entire feature film on your laptop and go sit on the beaches at the bahamas or even … the philipines of all places (ok, finecutting will be hard with your crappy laptopspeakers and the sun in your screen, but hey, at least you’ll get a tan or something), simply because editing is NOT the same as CG, editing is about storytelling, not about getting your images technicaly correct and knowing your computer inside out, so the location where you’re based has very little to do with you as an editor, i know a lot of people that know shit about computers that make great edits.
bottom line … forget about what OS you want to use, think about what app you want to work with and build your computer accordingly. The initial post mentions she already has a pc, then fine, nothing wrong with that AT ALL … i repeat for the 3rd time or something PC’s are nice !!!
If you’re talking about how companies work, 80-85% of the companies use either fcp or avid. (don’t pin me down on these numbers). If you’re freelancing, it’s all up to you, but most freelancers are using one of those two programs as well, without saying that the alternatives are “bad” or anything, that’s just the way the world turns atm, the reason beeing that freelancers usualy are hired by those companies so they just master themselves in the apps that they use (and if that turns out to be premiere or anything, then they’ll just learn premiere). If you only want to edit films then you work in direct contact with the producer/director so then you don’t have to feel obligated to follow that path
don’t take these comments as a personal insult, i’m just stating facts