Best way to get video from iMac/iBook to televion?

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  1. CoffeeMonkey macrumors regular

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    I don't know if the solution to this is hardware or software, but I'm looking for the best way to get good-looking video from an iMac or iBook to a televion.

    I've tried using Apple's AV cable, which plugs in to the video RCA jack on a tv but that doesn't get very good results.

    If I was using a PC, I'd just get a video card with a good tv-out port, but as I can't upgrade the video card in either an iBook or iMac, I'm can't figure out what to do. Do I need something like the Formac Studio?

    Thanks in advance for any ideas.
     
  2. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    What kind of video are you trying to play? DVDs, stuff you got off the net, home movies...?


    Lethal
     
  3. TEG macrumors 604

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    Apple sells a little dongle that plugs into the mini-VGA port. It transfers the signal to both s-video and RCA... The only other thing you'd need is a cable that takes headphone output and converts it to RCA.

    Also, on a TV, the video isn't suppossed to be good. Most TVs have a resolution of 200x150 (4:3) (NTSC) or 200x200 (4:4) (PAL and SECAM). Whereas your iBook is sending a signal for 800x600+, it will look fuzzy and unreadable. Its best to only use the TV for games and DVD because of this problem.

    TEG
     

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