TV Video on Mac using HDMI/DVI Connection

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Doomded, Sep 28, 2009.

  1. Doomded macrumors newbie

    Mar 26, 2007
    I know that you can have the Mac's screen appear on a TV using an HDMI to DVI/Mini-DVI connection to the mac, but is there a way to make the reverse occur using the same connection (The Television's video to appear on the Mac)?
  2. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    No. Both of those connections are one-way only.

    There are a handful of very expensive capture cards with HDMI inputs, but even if you had one most HDMI signals (from a blu-ray player, for example) have HDCP copy protection so wouldn't be recordable anyway.

    If you just want to record low-to-medium quality video off a TV tuner, though, you can get an inexpensive video capture device and plug it into your VCR/cable box (it would have "composite", "s-video" or maybe "component" input). Alternately, get a tuner for your Mac such as the ones Elgato makes:

    ...which will let you record over-the-air and at least some cable signals. Some also have video input for use with satellite/cable boxes.

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