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Old Aug 31, 2010, 12:18 PM   #1
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Help! - Home theater set-up with imac

This posting has a number of questions about both hardware and software. I am thinking about getting an imac as my next computer and additionally wanted to use it as the base for a home theater set-up. Here is the set-up I envision:
-imac computer
-cable plug-in to record television onto the computer
-connection from computer to hdtv

First of all, I wanted to know if this is even possible or if there is a much better way to do this.

Here are my additional questions:
-What cable plug-in I should get
-Is there a preferred software program to use for recording television on the computer
-How to convert those files (most likely HDTV) to not be so huge.
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Old Aug 31, 2010, 12:22 PM   #2
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EyeTV for watching and recording TV on Mac

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What you need to connect it to your TV is dependent on the inputs of the TV
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Old Aug 31, 2010, 03:10 PM   #3
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When you look into cables, check out monoprice.com - I've been really happy with their prices and the quality seems just fine.

You will probably want to use the HDMI inputs on your hdtv or AV receiver; however the iMac won't have an HDMI out. If you go this route, consider a cable converter that plugs into both the mini Display port and USB port (or the TOSLINK audio port) on the iMac and converts to a single HDMI (with both video and audio).

Here is a link to the type of converter I'm describing:

http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2
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Old Aug 31, 2010, 03:13 PM   #4
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Yes this is totally possible. While I cannot link to it directly there is a certain website that deals with Apple based Media Centers...
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