14 Replies Latest reply: Jul 27, 2010 8:33 PM by kibum
Dave Kroske Level 1 Level 1 (135 points)
I just took some video on my just arrived iPone 4. I plugged the USB end of the iPhone 4's cable into my TV. I scrolled through 'Inputs' on the TV. No go using 'Camcorder' setting which I connect to the front of the TV when used. No go using 'PC' input setting either.

I am not positive I have actually used the USB connector to display camcorder video or camera pictures in the past, but I 'think' I have.

SHould it work with just the iPhone 4 supplied cable?

iMac 20" 2.16GHz, 3GB, Mac OS X (10.6.3), G3 PowerBook (10.3.9), wife iPhone 3G
  • Dave Kroske Level 1 Level 1 (135 points)
    OR how do I play video from the iP4 on my iMac even?
  • Demarius Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    You have to buy the Apple Component Video Cable:
  • Dave Kroske Level 1 Level 1 (135 points)
    Thanks for the info. I had seen a video describing this octopus method of getting video and audio from the iPhone, but I was hard pressed to believe this expensive octopus was the 'only' way. It may be. This 2 1/2 year old review sure did not think much of this Apple cable system.
    http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/reviews/entry/apple-component-av-cable-ipod-iph one/
  • ssgumby Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    The only way I know of is using the component or composite system to plug the iPhone into your tv. Of course the only way to actually play the video is to download the video you took to your itunes, then put it in as a movie, then upload it and play it via the ipod in the iPhone.

    I learned this the hard way after fighting for an hour trying to get it to play, then smartened up and asked here and someone told me.
  • EBSkater Level 2 Level 2 (490 points)
    The iPhone does not support streaming video off of the phone to the TV. Why did you think this? Read any documentation online?
  • AvgGuy Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
    Rude much? He just asked a question.
  • Blueforte Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I don't think you can. However if you are connected through a receiver and you have a dock you can watch the videos. The videos won't be 1080p though. You can even watch you tube from your phone on the tv.
  • Medic76 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    No easy way to do it like on the EVO or droid X which both have HDMI mini out for that exact same purpose. Apple wants you to buy their overpriced cables instead and then only display it in 480p max. YAY thanks apple for taking 2 steps backwards. I think apple just adopted the HDMI format for the mac mini but before it was nothing but the old OUTDATED DVI connection, lame. Try this link below. If it works for 3gs it should work for your iP4.

    http://justanotheriphoneblog.com/wordpress/iphone-tips/iphone-3gs-tip-how-to-tra nsfer-video-from-iphone-to-mac-quickly

    I know there is an app called QIK video pro that will record videos and let you stream them over your wireless network.

    If you have a pc and a ps3 you can download the videos you took on your iphone to your pc and stream them to your ps3 using a free program called tversity or just put the avi files on a thumbdrive and plug and play via your ps3 or the usb input on your tv as long as its in a format your pc can handle and display. Confusing yet?
  • Dave Kroske Level 1 Level 1 (135 points)
    "The iPhone does not support streaming video off of the phone to the TV. Why did you think this?"

    I did search Apple and Google for info on working with and using the HD video you can now take on the iPhone 4. I was unable to find anything. If you or anyone else knows of links to this info I would appreciate it. MY first assumption was to treat it like a video camera (plug and play).
  • Dave Kroske Level 1 Level 1 (135 points)
    I do have a 7.1 surround sound AV receiver (Denon) which obviously has all the connections. But my Mitsubishi 1080P HDTV has Component, USB, audio and even HDMI on the front.

    Is there any technical reason that an HDMI cable (TV end) has not been developed?

    I certainly had no idea that what was recorded could not be played (other than on iPhone 4 itself) without uploading to my iMac and changing it's format first. I come here to learn. I am certainly not a techy or expert.
  • Dave Kroske Level 1 Level 1 (135 points)
    Thanks for that link to use 'Image Capture' to upload video to my iMac. I will try that. Seeing the video on the big screen would be fun, but seeing it on my 20" iMac is certainly fine.

    "or just put the avi files on a thumbdrive and plug and play via your ps3 or the usb input on your tv as long as its in a format your pc can handle and display."

    I do have my wife's Dell laptop in the house. I do not have a PS3. So, to further my education... ;o)
    What format is the HD movie on my iPhone 4?
    What format is required for my TV to play HD video (at 480 or 720P or whatever)?
    Will .mov files play on a newer HDTV (via USB thumb drive or other method)

    Big thanks for the link to this workaround. :o)
  • Dave Kroske Level 1 Level 1 (135 points)
    Huge thanks!
    With image capture I just drag a .mov file from iPhone4 to the desktop. A 5:30 movie (420MB) downloaded in just 40 seconds!
  • Dave Kroske Level 1 Level 1 (135 points)
    Transferring the 420 MB (5:30) .mov file to a Compact Flash card [format MS-Dos(FAT16)] took 8.5 mins. I plugged the USB card reader into my HDTV. No go. It says it does not see the .JPEG files. It only shows option for slideshow or thumbnail. When a camcorder is plugged in it allows movies to play. When I find the TV's manual I'll research this.

    Any ideas on what format an HD TV needs to see to play video? The CF card was from my Canon digital camera.
  • kibum Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    As what you said, you need to put your video generated from your camcorder to iPhone 4. In this case, what you need is a camera video to iphone 4 converter. As for the converter, i recommend Aunsoft mts to iphone 4 converter.
    This MTS to iPhone 4 Video Converter is a powerful video converter for iPhone 4 users to convert video files like VOB to iPhone 4 videos. Besides converting VOB to iPhone 4, this iPhone 4 video converter also supports converting AVI, MTS, AVCHD, M2TS, DivX, XviD, MPEG, MKV, WMV, MOV, RM, MP4, etc. videos to iPhone 4 MPEG 4 (*.MP4) or iPhone 4 H.264 (*.MP4) videos.
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