6 Replies Latest reply: Jan 16, 2013 8:27 PM by clintonfrombirmingham
lindamariew Level 1 (0 points)

I'd like to view quicktime movies from my MacBook Pro to HDTV. What do I need to do?

  • Matt Clifton Level 7 (29,855 points)

    The traditional solution is to attach a cable, and probably an adaptor. Depending on what model of MBP you have (how old it is) you'll need to get one of several adapters. For the last few years, Mac laptops have had mini-Displayport video ports. If your Mac is older, you may have a different port.

     

    Your TV hopefully has an HDMI-in port, so with the above case, you'd need a mini-Displayport to HDMI adaptor and an HDMI cable. Provided your Mac is newer than about 2009, this should carry audio in the same cable - if not, you'll need to add a mini cable to send your sound to the TV.

     

    Matt

  • lindamariew Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Matt, its a 2011, so I guess I need to go to Fry's electronics and pick up my stuff?

  • Matt Clifton Level 7 (29,855 points)

    Not every retailer carries mini-DP to HDMI adaptors, so you might want to call ahead. If you find one, make sure that it carries audio - some won't. You can certainly find them online. Apple normally stocks a Moshi version which supports audio, but they're back-ordered at the moment. If you have trouble finding them locally, try newegg.com.

     

    Edit: meant to add, a newer option is to get an AppleTV v3 connected to your TV, connect it to your wireless network, and mirror your Macbook Pro to the AppleTV using Airplay Mirroring. May even not be much more expensive than the adaptor+cable option. Details here:

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5404?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US

     

    Matt

  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 (30,000 points)

    I've a 15" late 2011 model and have used this Thunderbolt/Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter from Monoprice with great success. Less than $7 and it works just fine. Be sure and purchase a good, long HDMI cable to that you can sit a good way away from the TV, if you like. I purchased a 15 foot cable, also from Monoprice - their prices are just hard to beat.

     

    Clinton

  • lindamariew Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you Clinton, I now have some new options and will get on it!!

  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 (30,000 points)

    Good luck - I used the Monoprice adapter for almost 7 months: until I got a 27" Apple Thunderbolt Display and no longer had a real need for it. I'm keeping it in my 'parts' drawer, though, just in case...

     

    Clinton