How to pipe video from my Mac Pro to the TV?

gr8gatzby

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How can I pipe a video stream or downloaded movie from my Mac Pro tower with Optical outputs only to my flatscreen with HDMI?

Thanks.

Mac Pro | 2x2.66 Xeon | 3x500gb | 4GB
 

DigitalVT

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Surely you can just go mini-displayport to HDMI, optical back to HDMI.

But just answering my own question, with a question, I know the mini display ports on the laptops offer digital audio alongside the digital video, but do graphic cards on Mac Pro's offer this?? Hmmm!! Alternatively surely there is a box that combines the DVI signal with either optical or analogue to give you HDMI output!!???
 

flatfoot

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Aug 11, 2009
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Surely you can just go mini-displayport to HDMI, optical back to HDMI.

But just answering my own question, with a question, I know the mini display ports on the laptops offer digital audio alongside the digital video, but do graphic cards on Mac Pro's offer this?? Hmmm!! Alternatively surely there is a box that combines the DVI signal with either optical or analogue to give you HDMI output!!???
mDP/DP/HDMI on desktops usually support audio, too.
 

blueroom

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Feb 15, 2009
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I wasn't 100% clear on what I need.

I want to be able to use my mac while I pipe out Dora the Explorer to the TV.
Then convert to ATV2 using Handbrake and put an Apple TV2 on the set. Kids happy and all you need is to run iTunes to dish out the Dora marathon.
 

MacBoobsPro

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Just go DVI to HDMI and run an audio cable along side of it.
Do what BigJohno says. It's simple (could be simpler though - Thanks Apple) and it works. HDMI supports audio but DVI doesnt so thats why you need the audio cable too. Its a standard audio cable with basic headphone jacks on each end.

So you need DVI to HDMI adapter, HDMI cable and the audio cable.
 

george-brooks

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Oct 31, 2011
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I wasn't 100% clear on what I need.

I want to be able to use my mac while I pipe out Dora the Explorer to the TV.
Should have no problem running quicktime fullscreen on the TV and continuing to work on your monitor so long as your dont have the displays mirrored. I can't say for sure that the same is true for DVD player but I imagine it is. You could maximize the window without going fullscreen and continue to use the other display for sure though.