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Best laptop for creating videos or Can videos created on a MAC be played on a Windows PC?

We have all PC computers.  One user wants to create videos on his MAC but he is not allowed to use his personal computer for work.

So I am looking for the best solution.   Buy him a MAC or get a good PC for creating videos.

Can videos created on a MAC be played on a Windows PC?
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J.R. Sitman

8/22/2022 - Mon
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J.R. Sitman

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any recommendations on Best PC for editing videos?
noxcho

Video editing means heavy work for a video adapter. Thus the better the video adapter the better for you. A list of graphic cards: https://graphicscardhub.com/best-graphics-card-for-video-editing-rendering/
If the machine going to be a laptop then some of Dell XPS series laptop would suit.
J.R. Sitman

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thanks
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1) So I am looking for the best solution. Buy him a MAC or get a good PC for creating videos.

Mac or PC, video editing will be smoothest on a fast, hyperthreaded CPU, along with a decent GPU.

This will work well for 1080p videos at high resolution. For 4K + 8K video, I'd use an iMac or iMac Pro, as they just work so well.

2) Can videos created on a MAC be played on a Windows PC?

This all depends on the codec for your final transcode.

If you target AAC audio with either h.264 or h.265 video, your videos will play correctly on any Mac or PC.

Big Tip: The h.265 codec will likely be folded into many browsers quickly, as all Set Top boxes support h.265 at this point.

And... Currently you'll have a very hard time playing h.265 videos in any browser, so best to stick with AAC + h.264 for 100% compatibility every where.
David Favor

Aside: A big consideration relates to internal video format + external video format.

Very few video editing packages truly leverage full CPU threading.

Mac software seems to do a better job of this, especially the ScreenFlow software which is now a full featured video editor + screen capture tool.

If you find exporting videos is taking a massive amount of time, try exporting the video with no compression.

This will provide fast exports with massively large files.

Then run these large files through ffmpeg which leverage CPU threading best of any video software.

This will provide you with fast workflow for producing finalized video footage.
J.R. Sitman

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thanks for the additional information.
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