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Just thinking here, as well: which of those skills you planning to go head on?

If you worked for a large company, chances are you would actually be using a PC if it's 3D work. I know a few Special Effects houses here in LA that use PC's. I also know a guy that works for Spielberg's choice FX house and his renderfarm is comprised of Macs.

It's really tough, and silly. You'll go to a job interview and they'll as you "Mac or PC", because, these guys that are doing the hiring sometimes have NO idea and only know MAC. It's like "Oh he's the real deal if he's using Apple products."

It happened to me when I came in for this job. Luckily I had someone that knew more than just branding as my supervisor.

So, what are you planning to do specifically, if I've missed it.
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While a lot of people are suggesting a macbook or mac for your needs I personally also as an animation major don't recommend it unless you want to spend all or most of your budget.

While macs seem to work well for what your going to be doing but PC's are just as capable if not more.
On another note software is also going to cost you more on a mac and not all the programs you are going to need are mac released.

I also feel a lot of people are spewing crap out of their mouth so I will give you my two cents from experience.
1. All the computer animation work I have done was on a PC.
2. The only time I used a mac was to learn photoshop and design principals, but nothing was mac specific.
3. 3DsMax is only PC compatible at the moment, although Autodesk might release a mac version in the future.

In the end its not like you wont be using both, but price, software and performance wise it seems right to go PC.
That said you school will have pcs and macs so you will learn both so when it comes to a job it wont be a problem.
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Ah! You're right about 3Dstudio. My bad. I only use Maya and C4D.

But, to say that people are spewing crap? I do this for a living, and if you do then you know as well: Macs are widely supported in the creative industry and it's a given that people will recommend them if that's what you're getting into.

I'm not saying PC's aren't capable, I started on Winows based systems and still use them. However, you can NOT deny that most creative houses sit on Apple based hardware.
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Also keep some of that 4K, you be needing it and you can only know on what once you are in school.
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Yeah, I actually did and still do learn everything on my own. I should say that I'm now tackling 3D modelling and animation in Cinema4D and gettin' paid to do it. I suck, but I'll get there, someday.

There's not REALLY a difference between the two, either. Which is insanely baffling because a lot of "creative" peoples will choose Mac over PC. My sole advance to NEEDING OS X is Final Cut Studio 2. The secondary's going to be networking with other creative types. A lot of them use Macs, as stated, and tend to want file-types that work with their systems.

So, you know, collab is a bit harder when something doesn't work JUST because it was created on a PC.

Now-a-days, there're only a FEW programs that cause trouble. So, that's no longer a viable argument either.

In ALL honesty, you COULD get away with using a PC. You SHOULD get away with it unless they start stressing Apple, which then you should probably shell out for one. I'd say wait it out to see what's the best.

Tablet -- I hate them. And, I know, I should be using one but I can't stand them. I stick to my wireless mouse.

To be noted: a lot of 3D houses still use PC's and they're just as good. So, it's up to you.
How do you like that Cinema4D? I've thought about learning it too.

How did you learn all the various programs? Books or video tutorials/training?

I'll make a call and see what the school needs me to use.

Tablets are hard to use?
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Originally Posted by Pippen View Post
The school I've talked to hasn't mentioned Mac and they know I have a PC and I'm going to buy a knew one. Plus, I have 98% of the software already. I guess I should be making a call to them.
That last sentence is the smartest part of this thread.
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Ah! You're right about 3Dstudio. My bad. I only use Maya and C4D.

But, to say that people are spewing crap? I do this for a living, and if you do then you know as well: Macs are widely supported in the creative industry and it's a given that people will recommend them if that's what you're getting into.

I'm not saying PC's aren't capable, I started on Winows based systems and still use them. However, you can NOT deny that most creative houses sit on Apple based hardware.
As a student I cant say I know much about the actual industry but we always discuss it in class and my teachers always say it depends on the studio.
That said as my experience as a student currently I have had much more luck and spent a little less with a PC based system.

That said if someone gives me a mac with all the software I would definitely use it but money is everything as a student and he can learn macs at school, and he will.
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How do you like that Cinema4D? I've thought about learning it too.

How did you learn all the various programs? Books or video tutorials/training?

I'll make a call and see what the school needs me to use.

Tablets are hard to use?
Cinema4D is as intuitive as painting a wall. I love it. I used Maya before hand, it's interface is geared toward the serious professional and even I had trouble walking around inside. When I got to Cinema4D I feel like I advanced several levels in weeks.

Uhm... I just kinda learned them? I only go to the manual when I want to learn hotkeys, and that's after I've pretty much learned everything I can without finding online tutorials. It's always been my philosophy to just do it. You end up learning quicker that way, I think.

Tablets aren't hard to use, actually. But, see, I came from Mouse world. LoL. I got really good with a mouse in high school, then these tablet deals come along and my teachers go "use one!". And I go "Shove it!". I just haven't had the desire to get used to them. I would actually RECOMMEND you use one, so you don't get the weird-eye when people ask you what you use.

You should see the looks I get when someone asks me what kinda tablet I got.

"Laser Mouse."
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post #29 of 38
Macs are nice. But expensive.

I would get a good PC. If you'll need MAC based applications, I am sure there are MACs in a lab that you can use. It's not really worth spending $1,000 more than necessary.
    
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As a student I cant say I know much about the actual industry but we always discuss it in class and my teachers always say it depends on the studio.
That said as my experience as a student currently I have had much more luck and spent a little less with a PC based system.

That said if someone gives me a mac with all the software I would definitely use it but money is everything as a student and he can learn macs at school, and he will.
Ah, when you hit the industry, you'll see. I'm not discrediting your teacher, he/she is right. It'll really depend on where you work at, who you work for, or if you work for yourself.

A quarter of my income comes from freelance, I can use what I want, but at work I'm on three different G5's.

I'm being dead serious when I say that people who don't know (and a lot of the times these are the people hiring) will discredit you if you aren't Apple based. It's changing! But, it still exists.

I've heard the tale from plenty of people around me, at work, in the narrative filmmaking industry, graphic design, digital photography.

CLARIFACTION: This ain't to try to scare you into buying Apple, either. I think it's fair that someone who's done it and doing it daily give an insight into the industry you're looking into championing. You CAN do everything on a Windows-based machine that you can do on a Mac. People do it every day. If your school says you don't need a Mac, good! Save the money!

Both will get the job done. Just a "you should know" from someone who lives off of it.
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