Video input on iMac

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Physiognome, Jul 19, 2003.

  1. macrumors member

    Jul 19, 2003

    I currently use my PC's monitor as my PlayStation 2 display, using a KVM switch and VGA adapter. If I buy a 17" iMac, could I use its monitor in a similar fashion?

    I have seen USB TV tuners with appropiate video input for the iMac, but these have a rather low resolution, 320x240 or so. Are there any for FireWire?

    Will the different aspect ratio of the iMac monitor cause any problems?
  2. Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    There is one tv tuner/analog video convertor combination for Mac that I've seen: Formac Studio TVR for $399. There are two convertors: Formac Studio and Hollywood DV Bridge. I believe that both retail around $249-$299.
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 15, 2002
    Formac's and the Dazzle Bridge EyeTV and all kinds of stuff like that would work. HOWEVER, for video games there is usually a small delay that can reek havoc on your video gaming experiance. THe vga adapter works cause the moniter hooks right up to it and the moniter thinks it hooked up to a computer. The iMac has to capture the signal, then re-output it in software which cause that lag. Rather than buying a 200 dollar Analog to Digital Converter, just run down to walmart and get a 19 inch TV for 150 bucks.
  4. thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 19, 2003
    Or I could get a Power Mac at the same speed and that 16:9 Samsung for about the same price. Not as sexy, but won't cost much extra and I can upgrade it later too.

    Thanks for the note on lag.

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