Help! - Home theater set-up with imac

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by nortmansdad, Aug 31, 2010.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2007
    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.
  2. Moderator emeritus


    Dec 10, 2008
    EyeTV for watching and recording TV on Mac

    HandBrake for encoding videos

    What you need to connect it to your TV is dependent on the inputs of the TV
  3. macrumors 6502

    Nov 27, 2007
    When you look into cables, check out - 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:
  4. macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2010
    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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