To buy or not to buy, that is the question. I've been using Windows based computers for my editing work and use the Sony Vegas editing system. The time has just about arrived to purchase a new computer. I've been doing my editing on a P4 laptop which I have had for about 6 years now and recently upgraded it to 2 gig of RAM. Up till now it has been ok, but I am starting to notice a performance loss with the use of Sony Vegas 8, especially when trying to use an external monitor.
I need to upgrade, but I am having difficulty deciding: Should I upgrade to a new Windows based machine and continue using Vegas OR should I switch to a MAC and use Final Cut? The cost of the quality of machine I need will be about the same either way ($5,000+), but is there anything to be gained buying a MAC?
I see that many in the digital filmmaking business use the MAC and Final Cut, but is that alone a good reason to make the switch? Is there some kind of special voodoo about a MAC machine (or FCP) that I am not aware of? If I switch to a MAC I will need to learn Final Cut (Vegas does not support MAC). This is big decision and I would really appreciate some feedback and input to make an informed decision.