SGB : You must be a Mac enthusiast but it not a very accurate post and it might give many people the wrong idea. Just saying things like "mac is infinitly better" and "Mac is faster, and less buggy" without any validation tends to annoy non-Mac people rather than make them think about changing. Don't mean to get at you but you don't really answer the questions.
shin925 : I've been using/selling/programming Macs for nearly 20 years and PCs for about 10. The Mac is NOT better than the PC although it is more suited to some kinds of uses. I'll try and answer your questions from both sides (if possible).
Q : Does it take a long time to get used to the interface?
A : If you can use Windows you can use a Mac, getting used to it is something different. It might take a while to work out why some things work differently and you WILL miss the right mouse button (which the Mac does support so I would get a Microsoft USB mouse of some kind straight away). They are pretty similar really, windows, files, folders, but there are areas where the Mac is better (searching files) and areas where the PC is better (copying/pasting/moving files). In this area it comes down to taste - there isn't much in it.
Q : Is it better for filmmaking?
A : Not better, but it can be faster and more elegant. If you can go the full Apple route (and can afford it) with a dual G5 and Final Cut Pro then (at that price level) it will be a nicer editing system than any PC.
If you do not have the funds to stretch to this then there are great programs on the PC which will provide a decent alternative at a lower cost. Most people say it shouldn't matter what system you have, editing is editing. This is 95% true, but having a fast, attractive and intuitive system it can help you be more creative - good tools never hurt anyone.
That covers editing, the Mac is also great for DVD making and special effects but the PC is also great at these.
A : Is it harder to find software for Mac?
Q : Its harder to find a good selection in your local computer store but in general (if you buy online) its just as easy. What is worth remembering is that some software (mainly 3D) is not on the Mac. XSI and 3DS Max are PC only but most other decent 3D/video/special effects applications are on both platforms. Nearl all Apple's own software is Mac only, and if you can afford it, its a great reason to be running a Mac - Shake, Final Cut Pro, DVD Studio are all amazing.
In conclusion, unless you dislike the PC then I wouldn't rush in to swapping. There is great software on both platforms which allows you to make films. Mac are not faster than PCs (they are using the very same CPUs from now on so there should be almost no difference) and they are both stable and reliable if looked after. Its probably easier to look after a Mac due to less people trying to create exploits for them, but its also probably harder to find someone to fix it if it does go wrong at a software level.
If I was a fairly general computer user (games, internet, video editing, website design) I would have a PC. If I had a bit more money and was reallly in to my video work then I would try and have both systems. If I was over 50% video work or working professionally in video then I would have a Mac as my main computer.
I love my Mac and like Mac OS X more than Windows (although only a small amount) - I wouldn't want to live without it. I also love my PC and couldn't live without it!
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