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A Digital Media eBusiness using Windows & Macs, confused?

by shadygoose / October 29, 2005 12:14 PM PDT

I am getting ready to start a digital media business which includes digital photography, digital audio, and digital movie making. I spent the longest time deciding between using either Win or Macs for the business. Having never touched a Mac in my life, at first naturally I was going to go with Win, but then I saw how awesome the Macs looked, and how they apparently tied into the things I was trying to do ( at least hey looked like that ). Plus I was really impressed with Final Cut Pro, and since they had Logic, and the entire Adobe line up and Avid lineup was being created for Macs too. I decided I would go with both. Keeping in mind I have never used a Mac before.
Is a Windows-Mac Network possible especially for what I am trying to do? or would I be better off just using one format over the other? If it is possible, how do I do it?

Also, if I did Photoshop work, Music work, and video work on a Mac, could I easily convert them to a Windows machine with no problems, provided I am using the same programs on both?

And this may sound dumb, but, if I take digital pics or video and recorded them to a CD or DVD on a Mac, with no editing, could I use that same CD or DVD full of JPEGS, Raw images, or Video footage on a Windows, and work with them on it as well?

This is my first post, so I apologize if I am asking to much for my first post.

Greyson S.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 29, 2005 12:21 PM PDT

I would make sure I save such in a neutral format. I've run into some that think this is automatic.


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by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / October 29, 2005 12:41 PM PDT

It is possible to do all the things that you are asking but bear in mind the caveat put forward by Bob.
Certainly the Mac, with it's associated software, is the machine of choice for your work but you may have some trouble moving FCP outputs to a WIndows machine. Better to stick with the one format from start to finish.
DIgital Pics are not problem, check out Aperture (new from Apple) for dealing with RAW images.
Usually, a CD full of JPG's is a CD full of JPG's and are treated buy all platforms as such.


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