Problems using iTunes movies on 2nd display-Sony Bravia

Discussion in 'macOS' started by SteinMaster, Dec 31, 2009.

  1. SteinMaster macrumors 6502

    SteinMaster

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    I posted this on the iTunes section and did not get solutions for my problem. I hooked-up my MacBook Pro to my Sony Bravia HDTV to watch iTune movies and use my computer at the same time (non-mirrored in monitor preferences). iTunes movies play on my HDTV when they are not maximized in iTunes. When I maximize the movie, it reverts back to my MacBook screen and the HDTV screen goes blank. I reviewed all my display preferences and cannot find any options to fix this.

    Another question, will HD iTunes movies display properly on a 52" HDTV screen at 1080p? It seems that some of the movies I have played so far seem grainy and jerky at minimized screen (since I can't maximize it). Basically, I want to match the quality of a HD movie DVD. Any experiences with this or am I wasting my time? Shouldn't using a MacBook Pro be like using AppleTV with regard to video quality?

    MacBookPro 2.53ghz; 4gb RAM

    Thanks!
     
  2. iVoid macrumors 65816

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    When you maximize the window is it on the HDTV dispaly or the macbook display? Many apps (Quicktime X and iTunes (I believe)) will maximize on the screen the window is currently on.

    Properly written apps (QT 7x, VLC) have a preference setting to choose the full screen device.
     
  3. SteinMaster thread starter macrumors 6502

    SteinMaster

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    I dragged the iTunes window to the HDTV screen, played the movie, and then maximized it (on the HDTV screen). After I maximized it, the HDTV screen went blank and the movie was playing on my MacBook.
     
  4. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    Go into the display settings and mirror the display to the Sony TV.
     
  5. SteinMaster thread starter macrumors 6502

    SteinMaster

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    If I do that, will I be able to use the computer while I watch the movie? I did this and it worked, but I wanted to use my computer while the movie was playing on the HDTV. I wasn't able to do both while movie was maximized. Maybe I can't do both???? I guess I could expand the iTunes app window (without watching fullscreen) and try not to focus on the iTunes menu bars.
     

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