When it comes to making your blog or social media channel stand out in 2021, you have to consider adding video content. But, adding video content is easier said than done. You have to shoot interesting content and also edit the video so that it is usable to your average viewer.
What does this mean? It means that you need a computer with a powerful operating system that will assist you with your video editing needs.
When you think of the options available to you, two choices come to mind – PC or Mac for video editing.
Yes, the Mac V/s PC debate has been silently going on for a few years now and the debate had originally developed when IBM wanted to compete in the home computing sector with Apple. However, initially, the focus of PCs was just to be a cheaper alternative to Apple’s Mac, but with Microsoft offering video editing tools, graphic creation support, and content productivity apps the gap between PC and Apple is slowly closing.
So, which one should you choose for achieving your video editing dreams in 2021? Take a look at some of the main differences between Mac and PC.
- Hardware-related parameter
The quality of the hardware is going to dictate how fast you can complete each step in the video editing process. But, speed isn’t the only point of comparison.
The type and amount of memory that you have on your PC or Mac is also an important point to consider as it plays a key role in controlling how fast you will manage to finish your editing work. This means that you have to maximize your storage availability, RAM, and CPU power if you want to achieve the best results.
Since Apple designed Macs for creative artists and design professionals, the operating system offers excellent usability features with a user-friendly interface and a sleek design. macOS can also combat viruses better than PCs. So, in this debate, Apple comes out ahead.
However, if budget is a constraint, know that both PCs and Macs use SSD as the standard option today and this means that you will get the fastest file access. But, PCs require an upgrade or you have to build a PC with a Windows OS to make it perfect for your video editing requirements and this is going to almost cost you as much as a Mac or more.
- Software support
The right video editing software is only going to work if your operating system has hardware that is powerful enough. If you have chosen software that is above your hardware specs, you’ll surely have a bad experience. Since iMovie comes in-built with Macs, you can avoid this issue altogether. Moreover, you can also convert .mov to mp4 in Mac without much hassle. You won’t even lose quality when converting the files.
But, the same cannot be said about PCs. You have to be sure of getting the right hardware specs and match them with the software. If it doesn’t work, you’ll have to think about upgrading the hardware. Moreover, while PCs offer a direct connection when information needs to be pulled, the transfer rate is much slower compared to Apple’s Mac even though an adapter has to be used.
- 4K connections
Macs might come with fewer USP ports than PCs, but it is for a good cause. Today, applications and websites are increasingly using 4K content and this means that the file sizes are increasing rapidly. Thunderbolt 2 peripheral cable allows you to undertake large-scale editing and the data transmission rates are as high as 40Gbps. On the other hand, even with the latest designs, PCs can give you not more than 5Gbps speed when it comes to transferring video editing files.
- System variability
Microsoft has leased Windows to a number of manufacturers. Even though this is not necessarily a problem, but it might be in the future. You will never know what you’re going to get. On the other hand, if you’re working in the Apple ecosystem, you know exactly what to expect from your device. Also, Apple releases yearly updates to make sure that all the bugs are fixed and you can always look forward to better features and interfaces.
Also, for Windows, you will need different applications to make your files work the same way on different devices. But, the iMovie files at your home computer are going to function the same way on your MacBook Pro that you’re using at work.
From the above arguments, it might seem to you that Mac is a clear winner and maybe it is. But, Macs aren’t cheap. They’re quite expensive and if you don’t have the budget for it, the best option would be to invest in a PC and upgrade it.
Ultimately, the choice depends on your preference, budget, and demands of your video editing job.