4K video from Mac to TV

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by dorsal, Nov 13, 2016.

  1. dorsal macrumors regular

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    So I can make a 4K video on my Mac Pro using FCP X and Compressor, but what is the Best/Easiest/Cheapest way to get it to my 4K TV? Running an HDMI cable between them is not the elegant solution. Not interested in gaming solutions either. Just media streaming of personal media from my Mac to my TV.
     
  2. steve123 macrumors 6502

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    Cannot do this yet in the Apple ecosystem until they release a 4K Apple TV unless you want to use a mac mini and a cable.
     
  3. northernmunky macrumors 6502a

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    At the moment your best option is a 4K media streamer box, preferably one that supports H.265. There are loads of options available and not that expensive. Something like this:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/GooBang-Do...9209357&sr=8-14&keywords=4k+h265+media+player

    But don't get that particular one on my recommendation, I don't own it and haven't tested it, and there are cheaper options than even this. Its just an example I picked randomly from Amazon but its the sort of thing to look for.
     
  4. MacUser2525 macrumors 68000

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    Since no one has mentioned it most of these TVs have USB port on them now so files on USB stick/external drive plugged in and play them from that.
     
  5. dorsal thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the tips. My particular TV only takes 4K input from the HDMI port. Looks like I have to explore the GooBang Doo route. It looks scary....
     
  6. northernmunky macrumors 6502a

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  7. luis888 macrumors newbie

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    iPhone X 4K60p is 50Mbits/sec, 4K30p is 30Mbits/sec, no way that it can stream from iCloud to Apple TV4K even with fiber without lags. Imagine 10.000 user streaming at the same time, it can even get lags on a local wifi or ethernet cable with file acces to mac.
    You tube stream 4K30p BUT compressed with a bad quality may be 8Mbits/sec.
    The only real way to get real 4K60p is to download the video file to local disk or fast usb stick and plug that into the 4K TV.
     
  8. h9826790 macrumors G4

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    I think HDMI cable is the best solution. The reason to go 4K is because you want good image, by using streaming, everything will be compressed, and make 4K meaningless.

    It's not elegant, but it is the easiest, cheapest, and best way to transmit your high quality 4K video from Mac Pro to your TV.
     
  9. Ted13 macrumors 6502a

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    If you think 4K streaming is meaningless, you might try looking at Planet Earth 2 via Netflix (4K feed) via the 4K AppleTV on a new OLED 4K LG TV. Jaw dropping is the more appropriate description - the quality is nothing short of amazing.
     
  10. h9826790 macrumors G4

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    Yes, you are right. I read the OP’s post again, streaming good quality 4K video is totally possible (in fact, I am doing that in my own place). When I reply that message, I had a brain failure and thinking about streaming the desktop to the TV.

    If fact, in my own test, anything above 12Mbps (average, variable bit rate, peak at about 36Mbps) in H265 looks more or less the same. That’s pretty easy to stream via a intranet.
     

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