8 Replies Latest reply: Sep 25, 2007 8:18 AM by Ricktoronto
Tilden Smith Level 1 Level 1
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
Reply by Duane on Sep 7, 2007 8:49 AM Helpful
You will need something like the eyetv 250 plus.

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  • Ian Leigh Level 1 Level 1
    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.
  • Duane Level 10 Level 10
    You will need something like the eyetv 250 plus.
  • Tilden Smith Level 1 Level 1
    Yeah, that seems like the only solution I've seen so far. Too bad they didn't put some video inputs for simply image display and/or video capture from external sources without needing a USB device...
  • John Bryan4 Level 2 Level 2
    You could use a Firewire based miniDV camcorder to pass the video signal through to your Mac, couldn't you?
  • Ian Leigh Level 1 Level 1
    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.
  • jamwin Level 1 Level 1
    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?
  • Ricktoronto Level 6 Level 6
    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.
  • Ricktoronto Level 6 Level 6
    In 4-5 years a 24" monitor new will be about $100. So it is no great loss.