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How can I get HDMI input into my 2011 Macbook Pro (Firewire, Thunderbolt, or USB seem to be the options)?

The end goal is to record iPad output somehow, and I can produce HDMI or VGA from the iPad.

Related for Windows: Is it possible to record TV via HDMI?

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blackmagic-design.com/products/intensity/models is expensive and not out yet, it seems –  Yar Jan 2 '12 at 0:36
Not HDMI but interesting: amazon.com/Elgato-Video-Capture-Device-10020840/dp/B0029U2YSA/… –  Yar Jan 2 '12 at 0:42
or this thing amazon.com/Geniatech-iGrabber-Grabber-Button-Recording/dp/… again composite not HDMI –  Yar Jan 2 '12 at 0:59
Non-HDMI is such low resolution it's terrible. –  Yar Jan 7 '12 at 21:02

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HDMI to DisplayPort

Not feasible as far as I know. Pay no attention.

Grab yourself a HDMI to DisplayPort adapter since your shiny MBP has displayport. Or does the MBP use Mini Displayport? Oh well, the principle remains the same.


Epiphan makes a VGA to USB device conveniently named VGA2USB for a shocking $300USD:

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Thanks for that. Are you suggesting that I record TO my display port? The video source is external to the MBPro. Second solution is relevant, it turns out. $300? Wow. –  Yar Jan 7 '12 at 19:36
@Yar I think you are correct that the first suggestion is not feasible. Not sure what I was thinking. And yes, $300 is wow. =/ –  Wesley Jan 7 '12 at 23:08

One way to record iPad video output (for those looking for another solution) is to mirror the iPad screen on the mac via Airplay, with apps like Reflector and Airserver (both about $13), then record the screen via any number of screencast apps.

Note: requires iPad 2 or later.

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