How do I send video from my mac to the TV?

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  1. surrealchereal macrumors newbie

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    I have an LG TV. When I plug in the mini port to the hdmi adapter and then into my tv, I get picture but no sound coming from the TV. How do I send both the audio and video from a movie I have on my mac book? OS X 10.9.1 13' mid 2009
     
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  3. brightjc@me.com macrumors member

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    AppleTV

    Have you considered an AppleTV? They're only £99 / $99 and as well as wireless connection (through wifi) you get things like Netflix and you can easily rent/buy movies and TV shows directly from the device. You could maybe get a second hand one (buy the AppleTV 3 for 1080p) cheaper.
     
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  5. surrealchereal thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It's the mini hdmi and I have a converter. From what I understand the port only sends video and not audio. I think I need audio cables too but I'm not sure what kind.

    I don't want Apple TV, I don't want to subscribe to a service, I want to watch things I have on my computer on my TV.
     
  6. McGiord macrumors 601

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    Optical audio cable from the audio out port to the TV audio input for the video input that you are using.
    A simple stereo cable also works.
     
  7. CH12671 macrumors 6502

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    Apple TV requires no subscription. It does exactly what you are wanting to do, sans wires. It is exactly what you want, TBH.
     
  8. Anim macrumors 6502a

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    My view on AppleTV...

    For video sharing you can use iTunes library sharing, the Apple TV picks up computers on the network that have sharing enabled in iTunes preferences, it is how I share content from my NAS to my AppleTV using an iMac as the in-between. In fact I think my Synology NAS supports iTunes sharing without needing a computer on (untested).

    Video streaming works very well, even fast forward happens without glitch and it resumes from where you left off.
    I have heard that on newer mac's you can also use Airplay mirror -> Airplay icon (at top right of desktop) but this is with later models from 2010 I think, I can only send audio from my old 2007 iMac (Preferences -> Audio -> AppleTV Speakers) to my AppleTV3 when using AirPlay.

    As for other things the AppleTV does which a cable doesn't is

    Optional Wireless
    Supports HDMI video with Audio and optical if you have a HI-Fi
    Has a few free apps on it like News channels, YouTube, weather, trailers and some others (changes based on your country of residence).

    I can use AirPlay on my iPhone and iPad to instantly send the screen/audio to the AppleTV, so can friends if they pop over. This is neat for things like Spotify so you can share the music around all wirelessly.

    It doesn't re-route your Mac video/audio unless you want it too (no unplugging of cables all the time)

    Anim
     
  9. monokakata macrumors 68000

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    McGiord is right. One easy way to pass along the analog audio is to get a miniplug stereo --> RCA female adapter, and then grab any old RCA-RCA stereo pair and run it to your TV. Or you could look around for a miniplug with a long (as long as you need) cable terminated in RCA males.

    Optical is fine but why make it complicated? If you're going to play the sound from your TV then analog will be enough.

    I don't know why everybody's pushing Apple TV. The answer to your question doesn't involve ATV. You asked a simple question and you deserve a simple answer.
     
  10. CH12671 macrumors 6502

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    Sure, run wires everywhere, and have your mbp's mobile video card drive your 65 inch 1080p television for hours on end.....Sounds swell
     
  11. surrealchereal thread starter macrumors newbie

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    What would that audio cable look like? Could you link me to a picture of one on a site?
    Thanks for your help. I don't care if there's a cable running somewhere, I'll deal with that instead of spending a 100 bucks on the "free" Apple TV-
     
  12. monokakata macrumors 68000

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    Here's one that's going to set you back $0.46, plus shipping.

    http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=104&cp_id=10429&cs_id=1042902&p_id=7224&seq=1&format=2

    Here's a cable (and you can get it in various lengths):

    http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=102&cp_id=10218&cs_id=1021817&p_id=9768&seq=1&format=2

    No doubt Amazon Basics has similar cables. Monoprice is a reputable outfit, and very inexpensive.
     
  13. Anim macrumors 6502a

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    Because the title of this post is "How do I send video from my mac to the TV?"

    AppleTV is one way to "send" videos, that is all. If the OP doesn't want AppleTV then cool, its no big deal and I'm sure using HDMI + Audio cables is a cheaper path. A lot of Mac Mini users do this too.
     
  14. monokakata macrumors 68000

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    I didn't notice that he described his TV, and I also failed to notice for how long he wanted to watch it.

    But maybe you saw something I didn't.

    I did notice this: "I want to watch things I have on my computer on my TV."

    McGiord and I have told him how he can do that with very little expense.
     
  15. WSR macrumors regular

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    Make sure your audio output is set to HDMI.

    Goto:
    System Preferences>Sound>output (at least that is the path in SL)
    Is HDMI an option? It would only show if you currently are using HDMI.

    This link has other info on HDMI audio on a mac. I found it by googling "HDMI audio mac"
    http://osxdaily.com/2013/05/04/use-hdmi-audio-output-mac-os-x/
     
  16. monokakata macrumors 68000

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    In his initial post it was completely clear that he had already set up a wired connection, had the picture, and simply wanted to know how to get the audio working.
     
  17. surrealchereal thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks monokakata! I needed a visual and I've got it. Yes, I love the price too :D
    I see the cables say they're for a mobile device, but they'll fit my Macbook Pro?

    Thanks WSR, I'm sure you've given me the info I need in case I have anymore problems getting it set up.
     
  18. CH12671 macrumors 6502

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    And others have told him how to do it the right way....so what's the difference. He may not want to use an Apple TV...but someone else searching for "how to send video from my mac to my TV" might want more options than just cables. They also might be interested in knowing the truth about the ATv, which is that it is NOT a subscription service. These threads are up for public search.
     
  19. Peace macrumors Core

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    This all irrelevant . That HDMI cable should send video and audio. It's an industry standard.

    Check you audio output settings.
     
  20. surrealchereal thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The ones on my Mac right?

    (sorry, I have an extensive pc history, this is all new to me)
     
  21. Peace macrumors Core

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    If your Mac has an HDMI port it will send audio and video over the same cable via that HDMI port.

    Keep in mind some HDMI cables can be finicky. It might just be the wrong ( read : cheap ) HDMI cable.
     
  22. CH12671 macrumors 6502

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    option + volume up opens sound preferences. Make sure HDMI is selected as the audio output. You will have to have the HDMI cable plugged in for it to be an option in audio out, though.
     
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    Since this is a 2009 MacBook Pro, it does not support AUDIO-OUT via Mini DisplayPort.

    Would it matter if it were a 15" TV with 1920 x 1080 pixel? The actual size of the pixel does not matter, it is the number of pixels, and a 9400M is okay with driving less than 2,1 million pixels.
     
  24. surrealchereal thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Awesome :sarcasm:
    Thanks everyone for all your help.
     

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