TV Video on Mac using HDMI/DVI Connection

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

  1. Doomded macrumors newbie

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    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

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    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:

    http://www.elgato.com/

    ...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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