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    Hi, I'm starting media production course at DMU in September and I was wondering if a normal windows laptop or a macbook would be more practical to use? They have mac labs there but I know at some point I might need to do work at home seeing as I'm commuting.... but still just wondering which one would be more useful for the course.
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    I got a macbook recently for the last few weeks of college and it's really come in handy, mainly for graphic work though or doing assignment stuff, but i've been occasionally doing some Final Cut stuff. Unfortunately the new white macbooks don't have a firewire port so you can't connect a camera straight to it, you'd have to capture on one of the uni iMacs and then transfer it over with a USB/portable hard drive. But i think it's good enough and fast enough for everything you need.

    If you wanna splash out a bit more, get a Macbook Pro. They're a little bit faster and they have a firewire cable.

    If you've got the money, go for it mate.
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    at the end of my tour at Westminster, I asked the guy who was a 3rd year Television student whether it's kind of a neccessity and he was like "...... n.. yeah, yeah it is. i don't know how i'd do this course without it."

    lots of people have said how they wouldn't be able to do well without it (bit lame that at the end of the day, our courses come down to really bloody expensive equipment but hey ho)..

    i'd say a definite yes as you're commuting as well.. most universities, especially ones that aren't media centered, don't have enough macs for the amount of people that use/need them and then you're dealing with limited time on them as well unlike other people who can use them until closing time or whatever..
    and you won't be able to do any decent editing at home without one..

    i think i'm just making arguments for myself as i need to save up for one if i'm being honest.
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    Do you think it has to be a mac? I've got a pretty powerful laptop anyway and it would seem kind of a waste to buy another one...
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    I found out I'l be using mainly adobe photoshop, illustrator and after effects as well as Final cut pro and sound editing programs. Generally i'll need it for multimedia work as well as emailing surfing the web and light gaming. I'm still undecided but if anyone has any laptop options to go with instead then I'd love to hear them
 
 
 
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