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No video input for external devices on iMac 24" display???

2322 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: Sep 25, 2007 8:18 AM by Ricktoronto RSS
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I got a 24" iMac a few days ago and love this thing. (Was in PC **** for last 30 years...) But one thing I am disappointed in is that there appears to be no video input to display video or to video capture. Is the only way to display video from an outside source by using a USB video capture device? For example, if I have a cable box or game console I want to display on the monitor, how can I do that? Seems silly to need to use a capture device to simply display video. Please let me know if there is simple way to do this. Thanks!
24" iMac, Mac OS X (10.4.10), 2 GB RAM
  • Ian Leigh Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
    As it stands just now there is no way to display images on your iMac from an external source without the aid of some other hardware. A bit of a pity given the great screen your machine has but there you go. If you want to use additional hardware and fancy playing some games be aware that some devices actually have a slight lag in their display onto the iMac which can lead to some problems, especially games where timing is crucial.
    Powerbook G4 12 inch Rev A, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • Duane Level 10 Level 10 (117,955 points)
    You will need something like the eyetv 250 plus.
    iMac C2D 24" 2.4 GHz, iBook G4 14" 1.42 GHz [1.5GB-60 GB], Mac OS X (10.4.10), iMac G5 20 1.8 GHz,iBook 466 SE Graphite [DVD-576M-40GB-AirPort],iMac G4 700/768
  • John Bryan4 Calculating status...
    You could use a Firewire based miniDV camcorder to pass the video signal through to your Mac, couldn't you?
    iMac 17" 1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • Ian Leigh Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
    I don't see how using a camcorder would help especially although it would be technically possible to use it as a bridge between other devices I can't see how it would be worth your while.
    Powerbook G4 12 inch Rev A, Mac OS X (10.3.9)
  • jamwin Calculating status...
    I love my iMac after years of PC use - but I wonder what to do in 4-5 years when I want to upgrade. I can't imagine throwing a 24" monitor away - would be great if I could use it as a second monitor for a new iMac in the future...is there any way to use it as a second monitor, or do you think eventually there will be?
    iMac 24" 2.4GHz, Mac OS X (10.4.10), Love it!
  • Ricktoronto Level 6 Level 6 (11,550 points)
    I don't see how using a camcorder would help especially although it would be technically possible to use it as a bridge between other devices I can't see how it would be worth your while.


    Obviously not speaking from experience since almost all if not all DV cameras have passthrough, and feed video into a mac via firewire from the analog audio and video input port on the DV camera. They have been used for ages as decks (and are many times cheaper than DV decks) and as converters vs. buying a Canopus box etc., which are basically the same thing.

    The EYE TV 250 does the same thing with a USB connection and its own software but for the myriad of DV cam owners the passthrough is a fine idea.
    G5 Dual 2.5 3GB RAM, New iMac 24" 2GB, G4 1.25 2GB, MacBookPro C2D 15 3 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.4.10), iPod 80GB , EYE TV 250, Parallels and Win XP SP2 Boot Camp
  • Ricktoronto Level 6 Level 6 (11,550 points)
    In 4-5 years a 24" monitor new will be about $100. So it is no great loss.
    G5 Dual 2.5 3GB RAM, New iMac 24" 2GB, G4 1.25 2GB, MacBookPro C2D 15 3 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.4.10), iPod 80GB , EYE TV 250, Parallels and Win XP SP2 Boot Camp

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