Posts Tagged ‘Video’

How to Connect Your (Older) Mac to an HD TV with Audio — Mini-DVI to HDMI

// July 25th, 2013 // 3 Comments » // Blog

I know this isn't my usual blog post offering. I just wanted to log this solution here as it took me so long to find the answer myself.

The problem: how to connect an older Mac to an HD TV (in my case, a 2007 MacBook to an LG) so you get both the video and the audio out via the display?

What you will need:

  • Mini DVI to HDMI Male/Female Cable Adapter
  • HDMI to HDMI cable, Male/Male
  • 3.5mm Jack to 3.5mm Jack cable, Male/Male

Step 1: Connect the Video

  1. Plug the male end of the Mini-DVI to HDMI adapter into the Mac's mini-DVI port (remember, this only works for older Macs that have such a port; newer Macs have something different, so check the tech specs before tryng this at home).
  2. Connect the female end of the adapter to one end of the HDMI to HDMI cable.
  3. Now connect the other end of the HDMI cable into one of the HDMI ports of your HD TV.
  4. Switch on your MacBook and change the channel input on your TV to HDMI. The displays should automatically sync.
  5. You may need to alter the Mac Display options and/or the TV picture settings. For example, I use the 'Just Scan' screen ratio on my LG.

Step 2: Connect the Audio

The reason we need a 'Step 2' is that the Mini-DVI ports on older Macs don't transmit an audio signal; it's just video. Therefore you need to use a second cable to carry the audio out to the TV.

  1. Plug one end of the 3.5mm Jack cable into the headphones socket of your Mac.
  2. Plug the other end into the RGB/DVI audio in port of your TV.
  3. Try playing a video with sound on your Mac, making sure its volume is up and the TV isn't muted.

Side note: I did originally try connecting the audio using a 3.5mm Jack to RCA cable instead, but it didn't work because my LG TV doesn't use the RCA audio input when the video input is HDMI. It seems that other TVs do – why the difference, I don't know. I suspect it is a profit-making scheme run by the evil cable manufacturing industry.

If you have any questions… don't ask me, I barely understand this myself. All the best!

Charity Week 2009 – Day 1

// October 22nd, 2009 // 3 Comments » // Photos, Video

This year, Charity Week will run from the 19th to the 25th October, inshā’Allāh. Here's a wee video I made for my ISoc, to mark Day 1:

Please donate online NOW, writing “IMPERIAL COLLEGE” in the comments section of the donation form (we're in competition with the other participating universities). All money goes to Islamic Relief's orphan fund. So be generous! :)

Please also leave a comment below (anonymously if you wish) to let me know how much you donated, so I have an idea of the impact of the video, and also, to encourage others to follow suit, inshā’Allāh.

Update – Photos from the Henna Stall we ran today (Day 4):

Henna Me, Baby Hand 2 (My Hand!) Hand 1 Concentration I wish I could do that!

Guess Who Owns An iPhone?

// April 28th, 2009 // 1 Comment » // Video

This short video has no real consequence (which is why I didn't publish it on my main YouTube channel). I was just playing about in Final Cut Express, and wanted to show you guys the difference that a little post-production tinkering can make to the look of a video (for best results, I recommend that you watch the HD version, in full-size).

Plus, it's a small reminder of how iPhones rock – as if we needed one!

We’re Going To Gaza – More From Viva Palestina

// February 20th, 2009 // 4 Comments » // Video

On February 14th 2009, after only four, short weeks of preparation, the Viva Palestina convoy finally left for Gaza, from its starting point at London's Hyde Park. Watch interviews with the founder, George Galloway MP, the journalist, Yvonne Ridley, as well as a variety of footage from the departure event.

At the time of publishing this video, the convoy had already reached Morocco. Receive daily updates and send in your donations via

Viva Palestina: Send Your Love To Gaza

// February 12th, 2009 // No Comments » // Video

The British MP, George Galloway, has launched a bold, new initiative to help the beleaguered people of Gaza, called Viva Palestina. On February 14th 2009, he will lead a large convoy from London, all the way through Europe and North Africa by road, to personally deliver much needed aid into Gaza.

Find out how you can help at

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Amir Sulaiman: Interview & Poetry Recital

// January 28th, 2009 // 1 Comment » // Video

The wonderfully talented, Muslim poet, Amir Sulaiman, performed in London recently, as part of a UK tour organized by Soul City Arts and the Arts Council. This video contains a interview with the artist himself, followed by a recitation of his brilliant piece, titled: “Corner Store Folklore”.

Closed Captions are only available for the interview portion of this video.