06 How To Choose a Computer For Shooting Tethered Photography Workflow | Mac & PC | PRO EDU Tutorial

(light calm music) – In this section, we’re going
to be talking about computers and I’ve brought in an expert, because we rely heavily
on subject matter experts for computers, for
networks, for hard drives, to give us the best advice and the most advanced advice up to date. So, today I’m joined with Justin from Jolt here in St. Louis. Justin has set us up with our internal hardware system for our routers, for our network and has built our Synology
and our back up systems. So, in this section I
wanted to bring in an expert that knows way more than we
do on the topic of computers. And our hope today is to give you more
knowledge about computers, so you can make a better
educated decision. Now the one drawback with
anything about computers is it’s gonna be out of
date probably tomorrow. So we wanna give you guys a framework and a little bit more of a knowledge base to make a better educated
decision on PCs or Macs. So which is better? Macs or PCs? – It’s a totally personal preference. It’s what do feel comfortable with and at the end of the day, do you want to have it totally
customized to how you want it or do you want it where
you get in the shoot, you plug in your computer
and you’re ready to go. – Let’s start with the operating systems. What’s the difference between
a PC operating system, which is made by Windows, or a Mac based system,
which is made by Apple? – Yeah, so basically it comes
down to their core foundation. Mac is based off a Unix system, that’s an open source style platform that, basically it’s built on… One kinda key thing about Apple is they basically put the
work in front of you and they hide all the
settings and the options. So basically, the idea is you get in, you get working. If you need to get to settings,
you can dig a little deeper, but it’s not gonna be right
there glaring in your face. Mac, or I’m sorry, Windows is a more DOS
based operating system, that’s what it’s based off of. And it is a lot more customizable, there’s a lot more options
you can do with it. But it also does require
a lot more tinkering and kinda some more
knowledge in that area, than a Mac is. – What are some of the
things that are an example of an additional way to
customize a PC versus a Mac. – Sure, especially in like
the desktop area of it, that’s where you can really get in and you can change out hard drives, you can change out memory, power supplies, mother boards, processors. You can get in there and change
the power of your computer. So in two years, when it starts
to get a little outdated, you can replace that
part with a new piece. Where on a Mac on that, virtually all their machines
are un-partchangeable. So basically, what you buy day one is the same computer you’re
gonna have in four years. – So, we have two, we have a PC and a Mac. We tried to bring two computers that were comparable together. In your opinion, for
giving advice to someone whose gonna be shooting tethered, what are the benefits
of a PC versus a Mac? Are there one or the other? – It just depends on your
skill level, your knowledge and kind of your background. If you are a person that basically, you want to walk in the studio, you want to open up your
computer, plug in the camera, you have a client coming in a half hour and you just want to shoot. I would say definitely
look towards the Mac route. That’s kind of their target audience. If you’re a PC person, you like PCs, you’ve worked
with them your whole life. It’s definitely still a good option, but just keep in mind, you have to watch out
for things like updates, compatibility and just kinda
all those different factors. – So if you’re using
something like Lightroom or Capture One or other capture software, it’s a good idea to maybe
have a dedicated system specifically for shooting tethered and you have a system,
like a laptop or a desktop, that’s your personal computer. And to treat your
shooting tethered station as something that you update
two, three, four months, if a new operating system comes out or new updates come out. When you can read and research online, whether or not those updates are affecting or working well with Capture One. It’s one of those things that you don’t want to
be the newest person to have the newest updates all the time, because if you’re on
set and you have clients and you haven’t tested this for many, many, many shoots, then it’s something that
you’re running a risk of running into problems on set because you upgraded too early and you now have a problem. So, keep that in mind as you are shooting and as you are, you
know, keeping up to date. You can be too up to date. – Yes. – And that can be a problem. – Yeah. – Do PCs and Macs auto update? – They have a, definitely
an option to do that. That’s the default on a lot of these are. So that’s what you’ll see, pop-ups, pop-ups saying updates available and if you don’t look hard and you just click update
now, it’s gonna go. And sometimes, some of these updates can take 10 to 15 minutes which can be very awkward
in the middle of a shoot to just have your computer start updating. – So let’s talk a little bit about, we’ve covered software, let’s talk a little
bit about the hardware, differences between a Mac and a PC. What are the differences? – There really isn’t many. At the end of the day, most of these have
Intel chips inside them. Which, they are the same
parts used in either side. The one thing to kinda note is there are low end PCs and there really isn’t a low, low end Mac. That’s a difference you’ll see there. You can buy a 300 dollar PC, but you can’t buy a Mac that way. Apple basically cuts out the low end and they start at medium
tier and then high end tier. – So what would you consider
to be medium tier processors by today’s standards? – That would probably
be the i5s from Intel. Intel is kinda the industry standard right now in processors, there are AMDs as well, but Intel is kind of the
main one to stick with. And that would probably be
your mid tier, base level i5s. You can have higher level i5s and i7 and that would be your high tier. – So i5s and i7s aren’t
something that’s new. That’s been around for many years. Are those all the same or are
they different generations? – No, there’s definitely
different generations. We are on the sixth generation right now and you’ll hear names
like Skylake, and so on, and that’s the different
names for those processors. Different speed is definitely involved. So, those are the things
you have to keep in mind when you get a computer. If you have a generation four
i5 versus a generation six, there are drastic differences. – So what would you say
the biggest differences are from generation to generation? How much am I missing out on, by, you know, getting a new one as apposed to a cheaper one
that’s a little bit older? – The main question then becomes, how long do you want this computer for? Are you expecting to use
this computer for three years or you really wanna try to
eek out four years our of it, and kinda what’s your desire with that. Because sometimes you can go
with a level down processor, with the understanding
of, hey in two years, this is probably gonna be
an underpowered machine that I need to upgrade. Or I wanna buy in on
a really nice computer that I can have for three or four years. – So processors by Intel, it’s pretty much just Intel
Processors in PCs and Macs? – That’s correct. You can have the exact same
processor in this computer as well as in this machine. – Well, lets talk a little bit
about RAM and graphics cards. Are those the same as well? – There is definitely
some overlap in there. Almost all of them use
the exact same parts. So some will use Nvidia or
Intel integrated graphics and memory you can literally
go buy the exact same stick off the shelf, as long
as they’re compatible, and put it in a Mac or a PC. – So earlier you mentioned that PCs were quite a bit
more customizable for hardware then Macs were. But one thing I’ve
noticed with the laptops, on how thin both of them are getting, is that almost neither of
these are now customizable. Why is that? – That’s correct. Basically, now it’s a competition, who can build the thinnest,
lightest computer. And when that happens it’s just, they don’t have room to make the screws and to make it user replaceable. It’s something where, in the laptop realm, it’s almost becoming
impossible to replace parts. So it’s only in the
desktops in the PC world that you’re seeing replaceable parts. – So they’re actually, with
the solid state hard drives, which are much smaller
than the traditional hard disk drives. They’re actually being soldered, just like the RAM, onto the board. – That’s correct. – And that’s because it makes it faster and it makes it smaller and lighter. – Exactly. – Another, you know, thing
that I want to talk about is the ports on the computers. Now with every new computer
comes with a new port. Apple just came out with USB-C, correct? – That’s correct. – So what is that and why do I need it? – Sure, USB-C is just the style
of connector of USB three. USB three is kinda the
fastest version of USB that’s out right now. The one thing to keep in with with the USB is that it’s a variable speed based on the processor in your computer. Another, basically, popular port that’s out
right now is Thunderbolt. There’s three versions of Thunderbolt now, we’re on Thunderbolt three
right now, you’re seeing. And the difference with it is
there’s actually a chip in it that makes that speed so it’s constant, where USB is more of a
variable based speed. – And Thunderbolt three is
now starting to be found on PCs correct? – That’s correct. Basically on high end level PCs, you’re starting to see
Thunderbolt as an option. Intel is basically the
creator of Thunderbolt. – So today, you know,
it’s all about the price and what you’re comfortable with. We would recommend that you go out, if you don’t have a shoot station yet and you maybe want to get a laptop, go out and get a PC and a Mac from somewhere that has
a good return policy. Install a trial version of whatever, Capture, Capture One or Lightroom, and use them for a few weeks. Put them through the paces. Get one from Apple with, you
know, 16 gigabytes of RAM and get one on a PC that has
maybe 32 gigabytes of RAM. See what really works for you and use that as your benchmark
to see what is working. So with that, I think
that is a good overview of what to kinda consider when
looking at a PC versus a Mac. Again, we don’t think that there’s one better than the other. It comes down to personal preference, it comes down to cost and it comes down to what
you’re comfortable with. So, in the next sections we
want to get into the differences between things like
your cores, what RAM is, hard disk drives versus
solid state drives. We want to kinda analyze
the hardware of the system and really what that is. (light calm music)

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