27-inch iMac Thunderbolt as a display for PS3/Xbox

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  1. macrumors newbie

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    regarding iMac 27-inch Mid 2011 (Thunderbolt Display Interface)

    At the moment there is an adapter/converter/scaler to plug a PS3/Xbox/HDMI Device into an iMac to use it as a display in HD (720p, possibly 1080p).

    The Blackmagic Design Intensity range will work.

    http://www.blackmagic-design.com/products/intensity/

    The Intensity Shuttle looks the best value for something that will work. But this is starting at US$239. It also looks like it has a bunch of features for people working with film that are not needed.

    Does anyone know of any simpler, and less expensive, HDMI to Thunderbolt coveters? More Thunderbolt products are being released there should be something soon at least.
     
  2. Ashok0, Jan 31, 2012
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    Hmmmz... this device is just for capturing video from an HDMI source. And if viewing real-time video from a 360/PS3 on a Thunderbolt iMac or Thunderbolt ACD27", you'd only be able to view it in a small postage stamp preview window in Abobe, no? Not sure this will really do what you want it to do.
     
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    Just out of curiosity, has anyone tried this? Does the Intensity work w/o lag and can you preview games fullscreen on a TB display?
     
  4. macrumors 68000

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    I don't think the TB versions are even out yet. The Extreme shows shipping this month and the TB Shuttle some time this year.
     
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    You might want to try a solution like pas -> usb / fw tv tuner -> mac.
    It should work quite well given that you have enough power as it's pretty cpu intensive. Not sure even if you can get 1080p out of it.
    Anyways, I am going to try this out as soon as i get my new iMac, I'll let you know!
     
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    ----Clipping from Kanex's FAQ from their website--------

    Will the Kanex XD work fine with the new iMac's (MC812B/A) via the Thunderbolt port?

    Our Kanex XD requires modification to work with the new thunderbolt iMac 27-inch. We are under development of a newer version. Please look out for an announcement soon. In the mean time the Kanex XD still works for iMac 27 2009-early 2011 and also the LED Cinema Display 27-inch.

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    Basically no it wont work until these release a newer updated adapter, we've all been waiting for awhile
     
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    Any news on it? Or is just "arriving soon"?
     
  9. macrumors member

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    For that price I would rather but a 24" monitor for a lil bit more money.
     
  10. macrumors 68000

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    It's not coming anytime soon. Kanex has stated that Intel hasn't released the chips that would make this possible. The hope is that with the PC market soon adopting TB through Ivy Bridge that the TB market will pick up.
     
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    Its been "arriving soon" since the Thunderbolt Macs were released last year. It's never coming.

    Blame Intel for being stingy bitches with the Thunderbolt technology. No one has any idea why they're doing it; they're simply ensuring that it will always be a novelty that never takes off.

    Ugh, I'm so pissed at Apple for adopting Thunderbolt.
     
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    Would an usb tv tuner work?
    I guess yes with poor resolution, right?
     
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    Just found this as I'm moving soon and want to get rid of my 47" HDTV and use my 27" TB monitor for tv/Xbox purposes.

    We can out people on the moon, etc, but we can't play a ****ing Xbox/ps3 on an apple thunderbolt display. ****ing brilliant.

    **** you apple, I keep buying your crap and you keep going the way of (old) Microsoft.
     
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    I think you need to send some of that vitriol in Intel's direction.. there are companies that want to built the appropriate cable/adapter, but can't because Intel hasn't released a necessary component.

    .. I miss the days when Intel had competition.
     
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    Can someone recommend a good monitor for console gaming, then?
     
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    I use a 32" Panasonic LED TV, and my wife uses a 32" Samsung LED TV. Both work perfectly well; the Samsung I think handles the dark a little better.
     
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    I'm using a 32" Viera Panasonic which is great for me. I wish I could use the iMac though so I could put the Xbox in my study. Maybe someone will release a solution soon.
     
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    This Thunderbolt nonsense is the main reason I'm not upgrading my personal 2009 27" iMac. I love hooking up devices to my iMac!
     
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    I wish I could do the same.
     
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  24. HurryKayne, May 22, 2012
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    really..?
    i read it uses usb and h264 to encode in real time...

    Technical Information
    Technical Specifications

    Interface: USB 2.0
    Input: Xbox 360 (unencrypted HDMI), PlayStation 3 (A/V In)
    Output: HDMI (pass-through)
    Supported resolutions: 480ip, 576p, 720p, 1080i
    Dimensions: 73 × 24 × 109 mm / 2.9 × 1.0 × 4.3 in
    Weight: 142g / 5 oz
    What‘s in the box

    Elgato Game Capture HD
    Quick Start Guide
    USB cable
    HDMI cable
    PlayStation 3 cable

    System Requirements

    Mac: Mac OS X 10.7, 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo CPU
    PC: Windows 7, 2.0 GHz dual core CPU, sound card
    4 GB RAM, built-in USB 2.0 port
    Internet connection required to download Elgato Game Capture HD software.


    what i wonder is if the encode will let you able to play in real time without lags with full screen as well
    so lets look further
     
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    That doesn't seem like it's designed for playing on the iMac though. If you look at their diagram it shows HDMI / AV input from the PS3, HDMI output to the TV and then USB to the mac. I think all the USB does is allow the device to record on the computer it doesn't play it on the mac.

    For that matter, it only comes out May 30th and will cost over $200...
     

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