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Making the Switch from PC to Apple

Anatomy of a Pin Up 2 172Hey Guys & Dolls!!

Today is a really big day for me personally and professionally:
I’m getting a laptop…FINALLY.

I don’t know how I’ve worked from home for all this time with just a stationary computer. I’m certain it has caused some stir-crazy, frustration fueled days of procrastination.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wished I could take my computer down stairs, or take it with me to a cafe, or on a trip so I could work remotely. I can now work from anywhere which will give me a wonderful sense of freedom, and let me work from bed when I’m sick, (but hopefully not too hard, haha)

Over a year ago I got a Galaxy 10 tablet hoping it would help me with email and such, but I honestly find it cumbersome, and slow, plus I couldn’t really use it for what I really needed: Editing photos & video, and writing blog posts. I would much rather be downstairs right now, instead of stuck at my little desk.

There’s another huge change for me as well: I’m going with a Macbook Pro. I’ve used PC’s my whole life. I’ve been resistant to switching for a number of reasons: It seems every  Beauty Blogger, and YouTube Guru has an iPhone and uses a MAC and I hate doing anything just because everyone does it. I’ve been worried that the learning curve will slow down my productivity, and let’s get real- those are some hella expensive computers! The sticker shock alone turned me off them years ago, even knowing they are supposed to work for  years and years.

Over time I’ve become less and less happy with video editing on my PC. I currently use Sony Vegas Movie 11 to edit, on a very powerful PC (I just bought it a year ago) and Sony Vegas crashes all the time. As in, all the freaking time. It renders at a glacial pace, and it has trouble with DSLR footage- it makes the color off, and the “preview” while editing is really choppy making it hard for me to catch mistakes. I’ve considered upgrading to Sony Vegas Pro, but I don’t know if these issues would continue.

One thing that made this decision easier is windows 8.  I figured if I had to relearn how to use a computer, might as well make the switch when Windows is getting weird. I know I’d eventually learn windows 8, but when I looked into getting a powerful windows based laptop they started getting really pricey on me. Looking into other PC video editing software was expensive too: Sony Vegas Pro  is $599,  VS Apple’s Final Cut Pro at $300. I’ve done a bit of research and it seems like FCP is more user friendly as well, so while I know there will be a learning curve, I’m hoping that once I figure it out it’ll be easier to use for me overall, making the day to day of video editing easier.

This is a significant investment, and one I’ve been toying with for years. Now that it’s here, I’m being my normal, cautious self, going over every detail, and I’m treating it like the big deal it is. I’m really excited, a little scared, and wanted to share this with you, since you are the ones who enjoy the content I create, and I always get questions about what I used to edit my videos. My next few videos will still most likely be edited on my PC, but when I make my first Apple video, I’ll be sure to let you know!

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53 thoughts on “Making the Switch from PC to Apple

  1. Yay!! That’s a really exciting thing, Cora! I had a laptop in college which while it still runs is **ANCIENT** and so last year since I’m back in grad school I got me a cheapy little laptop in addition to my desktop so I could be like an go do homework at a cafe or anywhere besides my desk really. I think that will be awesome for you! Also I’m excited to see how you like the new editing software and to view your first “new” video. :D Good luck and have fun!

    1. I think it’s going to be wonderfully freeing! I like how you have a desktop and a laptop, seems like the best of both worlds.

  2. Awesome! Welcome to the club. You will LOVE your Macbook Pro. I made the switch a few years ago, and it’s fantastic. It does take some getting used to, but you’re smart… you’ll catch on. And editing videos in iMovie is so fun/easy. I watched all the videos to get me started and just search Help when I’m stuck. I try a little something new every time I edit videos, and I get all proud. : ) Good luck!

    1. I already edited one! I still don’t know how to customize things like I knew how to do with Sony Vegas, but it was pretty easy to learn the basics after I googled a few things!

  3. You will LOVE your Mac Book Pro. I’ve had mine for coming up on 5 years and I have NEVER had a problem. I don’t edit video but I do use Adobe Creative Suite aka Photoshop, illustrator and Indesign.

  4. Welcome to the dark side … lol But in all seriousness, you’re going to love the switch! I believe Apple does a few classes for those who aren’t familiar with their products to help with the transition. Keep in mind that Apple has designed their products to be intuitive and user friendly; I feel like you’ll do just fine! If all else fail, there are tons of Mac YouTubers with great videos. :-) Congratulations, and I look forward to watching you videos produced with your new setup! Cheers!

    1. The dark side feels good! I signed up for a year of free classes! I’m going to use it as a way to get tutored in FCP.

  5. Cora, I just got a Macbook at Christmas, switching from a Windows 8 PC. I FREAKING LOVE MY MACBOOK, and I think you will too. It’s just so much easier! And worth every penny.

  6. I made the switch to Mac when I was in my late 20’s and it really wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. And I’ve had my Macbook Pro since early 2009 and it’s still going strong! Good luck!

  7. I made the switch a few years ago, after I bought a windows laptop, it broke less than 6 months after buying it for no reason, I tried to send it back 3 times and each time it came back still broken. I love my Macbook and have had only 1 issue, that was quickly resolved by going into an apple store. I think you will really learn to love your Macbook & never go back!

  8. I can really relate to this! I’ve been gifted a most generous gift of an imac, plus a new camera and lighting, and phew…does my brain hurt!!! My very first video is uploading as I type, and it literally took me ALL DAY LONG to edit it with imovie :) I love Apple though, even though there is a definite learning-curve. I’m curious – are you buying Final Cut Pro instead of using imovie, which is free with your computer? Just curious – what are the differences between the two?

  9. I’m not a fan of apple iThings at all, but for some professional purposes, such as music, photo and video editing, MacBooks seems to be the best. Moreover, Windows 8 reaaally sucks, i bought a laptop PC a few months ago (after years of using my desktop pc) with Windows 8 and that’s when I decided to switch to Ubuntu and now I’m a happy Ubuntu user :D

    1. I edited a video with imovie today. I’ll probably get FCP eventually, but for a free program, imovie is really impressive.

  10. I’m not a huge apple fan, but if you’re filming and editing videos, it seems so much easier with an apple. And especially easier to have flexibility in working from home. Good luck!

  11. I went from PC to MAC last year and I too experienced the learning curve. For me I really sucked using the trackpad so I just bought the mouse. I also took some of the free classes Apple offers. I still want to sign up for the One on One class to get better with Pages. I also got the iPad Mini with Retina Display in November and I use that for the majority of my blogging now. It’s so much more fun to blog now! Plus, it saves me mucho time! Yay for Apple; they really are as good as the hype!

    1. I love how all your devices can be integrated. I don’t have any other apple products, but I think I will in the future. I bought the mouse too because I knew it would make editing easier!

  12. I’m in the same boat right now. My laptop was a hand-me-down from the hubby (though he modified it nicely before handing it over), but I’ve always found PC laptops cumbersome. Along with that, I haven’t found editing software that I want to commit to and use on my PC just because I know that I’ll be stuck if I spend the hundreds of dollars for Photoshop and some sort of video editing software. I grew up with Mac computers so I feel like it wouldn’t be too hard switching over. Hell, it has to be easier than when I was trying to navigate through the Windows 8 update…
    Good luck, dearie!

  13. Congrats Cora! I’ve used both PC laptops and Mac desktops, just wish that when hubby both this laptop it had been a MAC. My next one will be, as they are less prone to viral infections, crashes or something like that. Maybe the best thing to do is sign up for a MAC class at your local adult ed or college.

  14. I’ve always been a PC girl – and my hubby would probably die if I told him I wanted a Mac… but I think I might be thinking about it soon. I have the iphone and an ipad – so it’s probably in my future. I am glad that you are getting one so you can give us all your opinion!

  15. Hello Cora , glad to hear you have a laptop… I enjoy your blog…I want to start my own blog for Mom’s who only have a few miniutes in the morning to do there makeup…. I once heard a actress who said if you don’t have enough time to do your makeup in the morning , for god’s sake put on lipstick…. this does a world of good to show your fresh and alive..

  16. Crunched on time so I didn’t read the other comments, so sorry if this is a repeat, but if you have ANY issues or any questions or just want some help with the learning curve thing, the “guys” at the Apple Store are amazing and will help/walk you through pretty much anything! They also have some kick-ass tutorial classes that may help! If you have a store near you, you should totally take advantage! Good luck with the transition, I’m sure you’ll do great!

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