I’m moving more into audio for picture lately and I am trying to decide to go for a new PC or Mac running Protools. I know all the arguments for and against but I’m trying to come at it from a different angle. If I went with PC would there be any issue working with clients. For example if I get OMF’s , video files to sync and external hard drives to provide me with audio and video elements could there be anything that would be an issue for me?
I made the switch to PC for my home system over two years ago now. I haven't had any issues, and I occassionally move projects between my system at home and at work (where I use a Mac). Most of the time, I use flash based media or data DVDs to transfer files. You'll only have trouble reading from flash based media if you format it on a Mac (no issue if you leave it the same format as you purchased it).
If you do make the switch to PC, you may want to purchase a copy of MacDrive by Media Four ($50 for the basic version). It will allow your computer to format and read Mac formatted (HFS/HFS+) drives. You can even keep an internal drive on your system formatted that way. The only caveat with that is that I would suggest keeping all files for any given project restricted to a single drive format (all on NTFS drives, or all on HFS+ drives). Reading files from the multiple formats within one session can cause problems...not always, but why give yourself the potential headache?
I have been on mac for many years now since I got tired of constantly having trouble mounting mac discs on my pc and the other way around. It probably works better today, but I would seriously consider looking into what the other guys in your area use. There is no reason to be the only pc guy in an all-mac neighborhood (or the opposite).
I live in Copenhagen, Denmark, and I have made around 15 feature films as supervising sound editor /sound designer over the last 10 years. I have only once encountered a pc based system in audio post, that I had to exchange files with. It was a foley recording facility in Paris, France, which used Pyramix. They were able to export their project into an old ProTools format, and I was able to import it. I have recieved ProTools files from Stockholm, Prague, Germany, Macedonia, New York and London, most of them using mac as their platform.
If mac is the answer, you may have to spend more on the computer, but you might spend a lot less time on converting files. Go for the solution with the least technological hassle, and spend more time on working with sound.
If you and who you work with stick to the supported and standard file formats (which have cross-platform and cross-application support), then no.
One situation where you could run into problems is if your client uses Apple's software (e.g. Final Cut). As obviously Apple's file formats have little to no support on Windows.