Connecting MBPro to TV

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Vernon Snider
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Connecting MBPro to TV
Mar 25, 2013

Can a MBPro be connected to a CRT TV that has connections for a VCR?

I would like to show some pics that I have on my MBPro on our TV so that they are more easily seen by a number of people.

Thanks for your help.

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Howard Moftich
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In reply to Vernon Snider, Mar 25, 2013

The term 'connections to a VCR' is not really enough information.  Do you know what *exact* connection it is?  Is it an 'F' type (the kind used for cable TV, a single screw-on nub w/ exposed center wire) or is it something else?

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In reply to Vernon Snider, Mar 25, 2013

What types of input does the TV have?

  • Screw terminals?
  • A F-terminal for a screw-on antenna cable?
  • A composite video input (single RCA jack, not counting the ones for audio)?
  • A S-Video input?
  • A component video input (three RCA jacks, not counting the ones for audio)?
  • A VGA input (unlikely, but found on some HDTVs)?
  • A DVI input?
  • A HDMI input?

Standard VCR output will be one or more of (antenna cable, composite video, S-Video), but if your TV can do better, and you're not making a VCR recording, I wouldn't limit your presentation based on that.

HDTVs usually have at least one of the good types of input (component, VGA, DVI, HDMI).  (Those allow greater-than-NTSC resolution without conversion to RF and back.)

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Steve Mitchell
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In reply to Vernon Snider, Mar 25, 2013

With Apple TV and Mountain Lion, you can connect via Airplay.

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Tom_N
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In reply to Steve Mitchell, Mar 25, 2013

Steve Mitchell wrote:

With Apple TV and Mountain Lion, you can connect via Airplay.

Only if you can connect the Apple TV box to the TV set (i.e., this CRT-based TV happens to be a CRT-based HDTV with a HDMI input).  Also, I believe that some Airplay features (mirroring?) may require fairly recent Mac hardware.

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Vernon Snider
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In reply to Tom_N, Mar 25, 2013

Tom_N wrote:

What types of input does the TV have?

  • Screw terminals?
  • A F-terminal for a screw-on antenna cable?
  • A VGA input (unlikely, but found on some HDTVs)?
  • A DVI input?
  • A HDMI input?

Standard VCR output will be one or more of (antenna cable, composite video, S-Video), but if your TV can do better, and you're not making a VCR recording, I wouldn't limit your presentation based on that.

HDTVs usually have at least one of the good types of input (component, VGA, DVI, HDMI). (Those allow greater-than-NTSC resolution without conversion to RF and back.)

Tom,

TV has the following:

  • A composite video input (single RCA jack, not counting thenes for audio)
  • A S-Video input
  • A component video input (three RCA jacks, not counting the ones for audio)

Thanks for your help.

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Tom_N
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In reply to Vernon Snider, Mar 25, 2013

I don't know how much luck you're going to have, but that at least tells you what kind of cables or adapters to look for.

The ports or slots on a MacBook Pro that would be the most useful sources for video would be:

  • MiniDisplayPort or Thunderbolt port - look for a MiniDisplayPort-to-XXXXX adapter or cable.
  • DVI port (I'm not sure if MBPs ever had these) - look for a DVI-to-XXXXX adapter or dable.
  • CardBus 34 slot (found on 17" MBPs and older 15" MBPs) - might allow the installation of a miniature video card with one of those three types of output.

There might also be USB-based devices.  My impression was that those were normally used for low-resolution video capture, but perhaps some also allowed output the other way.

Another possibility - if you have a MacBook Pro with a Firewire port, and a MiniDV camcorder, might be to record a presentation to MiniDV tape and then use the camcorder to get the video to the TV.  Another workaround along the same lines would be creating a DVD-Video disc using the (dearly departed and sorely missed) iDVD or an application like Toast.

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Vernon Snider
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In reply to Tom_N, Mar 26, 2013

Thanks for your replies and help.  I appreciate it.

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