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Mac newbie help!

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Hi!
So I'm thinking of buying an iMac and just have some questions!
How does everyone get their clips to edit with? I normally use DVD shrink, would this work on an iMac?
Obviously iMacs don't come with a CD drive so can anyone recommend a good external CD drive to buy?
I currently use Sony Vegas to edit my videos, could I use this on an iMac?

Thank you!
 

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welcome, breaker of heroes.

mac user here. no, you can't use sony vegas directly on a mac, unless your mac emulates windows. never tried that myself, but i suspect the cost of setting that up with software purchases would be greater than that of purchasing final cut pro x for $299. plus, your editing ability will probably suffer from the inefficiency of having a video program run atop two different operating systems.

there are plenty of USB blu-ray players available for less than $100. i use a samsung, and it hasn't given me any troubles over two years.

pavtube allows you to rip blu-ray sources to multiple pro-res formats. there are multiple pavtube products; they go on sale a few times a year, so you can grab a copy at a steep discount if you're patient.

hope this helps.
 

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You could sell your Mac and get a better or comparable Windows system with a really nice NLE and still have money left over to buy a good monitor? Joking of course......or am I? :p

Great ideas there ssj. I've not had much success with pavtube. Perhaps it's more for Mac.
 

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ssj said:
unless your mac emulates windows. never tried that myself, but i suspect the cost of setting that up with software purchases would be greater than that of purchasing final cut pro x for $299. 

Actually there is an open source Virtual Machine program called VirtualBox. And Microsoft offers free "trial" versions of Windows for VirtualBox, meant to be used for web development (what I use it for) but they are genuine copies of Windows and they are officially available, no pirating, stealing, shady stuff, or cost at all. https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-edge/tools/vms/

plus, your editing ability will probably suffer from the inefficiency of having a video program run atop two different operating systems.
This is the real problem. The load on the physical machine will be greater running a VM.
 

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herobreakers said:
Hi!
So I'm thinking of buying an iMac and just have some questions!
How does everyone get their clips to edit with? I normally use DVD shrink, would this work on an iMac?
Obviously iMacs don't come with a CD drive so can anyone recommend a good external CD drive to buy?
I currently use Sony Vegas to edit my videos, could I use this on an iMac?

Thank you!

I have been a MAC user for easily over 20 years (yes, I drank the cool aid lol) but I would not recommend buying one now.   
APPLE has completely lost me as a supporter.   They have become the very thing they used to rail against.

iMACs are too glitchy now and the new Final Cut Pro X is vastly inferior to the older Final Cut Suites which the new OS do not support.

I would recommend staying away from iMAC and go with a something less expensive or at least with an OS which can support multiple/different software from competing providers.   Currently, both my wife and daughter have switched to ASUS and I have been incredibly impressed with its capabilities and efficiency.  :)
 

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Thanks to everybody for all responses because I just want to buy iMac. They have helped me to make my decision! Better I will by ASUS...
 

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DigModiFicaTion said:
Lenovo > ASUS

Disagree. I don't trust Lenovo ever since they were busted installing spyware on their systems as well as software that allowed them to take control of the webcam. No thanks.
 

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Q2 said:
DigModiFicaTion said:
Lenovo > ASUS

Disagree. I don't trust Lenovo ever since they were busted installing spyware on their systems as well as software that allowed them to take control of the webcam. No thanks.

Well that stinks....
 
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