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DavidAlltheTime
Feb 14, 2008

All David...all the TIME!
I see there's a laptop thread in here, and an Apple thread, but I need some advice on choosing between the two.

I have a new job as a 'documentarian' for an education project for my province. I'm interviewing people using a JVC camcorder that records AVCHD file formats.

I have experience with Movie Maker for making Youtube videos, but when this project started I moved to the computer labs at the University to try out Apple software. The trouble was Apple couldn't read AVCHD files. So I rebooted into Windows 7 and taught myself to use Adobe Premiere Elements, which worked quite nicely for what I needed.

But now I've been offered the chance to get a laptop for producing videos on, and I'm torn. My budget is essentially 'the cost of whatever you need'. I'm looking at a refurbished Macbook Pro for 879, but I'm guessing I could get a Windows laptop for cheaper, and then shell out the 120 for the Adobe software I'm used to. I've watched some tutorial videos of iMovie and I think it can do what I need it to, but I'll have the annoying step of converting files to an acceptable format before I can work with them. I guess I'm just tempted by Apple's reputation for working with media, and I like the idea of a laptop with Flash memory for playing with big files quickly, but any input you might have would be greatly appreciated! Please let me know if I've missed any pertinent information.

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