Monitor or TV for viewing video from iMac

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by FroColin, Sep 22, 2009.

  1. FroColin macrumors regular

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    I have recently started doing a lot of color correction and editing. And currently I use an old CRT display along with my iMac it's fairly small. I would love to be able to output my movies onto a TV. When I was using an old DV camcorder I could hook it up to the computer via Firewire and then hook the camcorder up to the TV using a composite cable and then using Final cut Pro or iMovie I could output the image onto the TV. Which was great but now I shoot HD and would like to be able to output HD images to an HDTV. Is there anyway to do that with an iMac? I would love some help cause I'm not quite sure where to look.
     
  2. TheStrudel macrumors 65816

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    You'll either need some kind of deck with an HD output (Component, HDMI, SDI, etc.) or you'll have to use your iMac's display output to an HD-capable monitor, using adapters as necessary. It's otherwise the same principle. Best, of course, to use a monitor that is a TV or intended to emulate a TV as opposed to just a cheap computer display.
     
  3. tri3limited macrumors 6502

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    The product you're after is the Matrox MXO. A little bit pricey but it'll do everything you're after.

    Video out over DVI-D then DVI-D to HDMI/DVI-D into monitor... I suggest getting a decent monitor though, and a way of ensuring it's calibrated but it's probably the best iMac solution available. Audio will have to go separately via the L&R audio channels. Could use an adaptor to mini-jack if needed though.
     
  4. KeithPratt macrumors 6502a

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    It's worth noting the MXO was designed to work with the 23" Apple Cinema Display as the monitor. Some people used 24" Dells (2405FPW, I think, with the same IPS panel as the 23" ACD) but they were not quite as good as they ran at a computer-y 60Hz rather than the 59.94Hz of a TV or ACD. I don't know if it'd be a good idea to use an MXO with any old HDTV...
     

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