I have a G5 and ACD at home with FCPHD and DVDSP, so I'm a staunch believer that editing video on the Mac is the way I prefer to go, but I have a situation and I'm looking for advice... I started a new job about a year ago. Because the company (small startup) is 100% Windows (Server, Outlook, etc.), and the IT person turned green at the thought of adding a Mac to his network, I agreed to do my work (print publishing) on a PC. The CEO and I agreed, however, that when the time came to start producing video (for internal training, external training, etc.), I would get a Mac. That day is here. I've spec'd out a respectible, but not exhorbitant, Mac system (G5 dual 1.8, 2.5 gigs RAM, 2nd internal drive, FCE) to request. The total is in the neighborhood of $3000. On the other hand, I currently have a P4 3.2 GHz, 40 gig HD, 1 gig RAM, Dell PC that I could augment with Firewire, additional RAM, DVD/RW drive, 2nd internal IDE drive, and something like Ulead Medial Studio Pro 7, for a total of $900 or so. For the purposes of producing short video clips (2-20 minutes each) that don't need to be Hollywood quality, I'm estimating that this setup would be approximately equal in capability to the G5 system (perhaps a bit slower, with only one processor). The trouble is, it's been a year since the Mac promise was made. Promises like that tend to be forgotten or fade in their relevance. Money's not a problem here, per se, but because we're a young startup company, we're always watching the bottom line and trying to not be frivilous. It's inevitable that those in the approval chain would ask if I really need to spend $3000 versus $900 to obtain approximately the same video editing capability. If both systems are capable of doing what I need (a series of 2-20 minute vignettes for various audiences), how can I justify the added $2100 expense, just in the name of useability? I know what I would prefer to use, but the real world of corporate perception, finance, and politics (I don't want to be viewed as a prima donna who insists on having the only Mac in the company when a PC would serve my needs), it's not always as simple as choosing the most desired tool. If I got the Mac, I would still continue to use the PC for everything else. The Mac would be only for video editing. And while I much prefer the Mac, it's not a bad thing that I gain experience editing video in Windows. So, I guess I'm asking that in this circumstance, is the increased capability and user experience worth asking my company to spend $2100 insted of $900. Or put another way, if this is 20% of my time for the next 10 months, will they get their money's worth through increased productivity and employee contentment? Thoughts? Opinions?