Windows XP is no match for Apple’s iMovie, according to Jim Heid, who writes the “Mac Focus” column for the
latest column, Heid writes that “Windows XP has many fine features and even an advantage or two over the Mac,” but “as a movie-making platform, it’s farther from Hollywood than Buffalo, N.Y.” XP does come with a video editing application, Windows Movie Maker, but it had a “nearly barren” editing room that lacks iMovie’s array of special effects, transitions and audio controls, Heid says.
Another drawback is that relatively few Wintel systems sport FireWire connectivity — a big plug when it comes to dealing in digital video — whereas all Apple hardware does. And even if you have a FireWire card, you can’t record your video back to tape without buying a third-party program, Heid says.
And when you throw in Apple’s new iDVD 2 software, well, Apple really shines. “Indeed, with its new iDVD 2 software, Apple has only strengthened the Mac’s lead as the premiere platform for moving pictures,” Heid opines.