As part of a retrofitting project for my church, I purchased a variety of equipment. The minister has a recent model iPad with Lightning port. I purchased a Lightning to HDMI adapter to get sound and video. The church's overhead projector, for which there is no budget to replace right now, only handles a VGA input or composite input. I purchased a Belkin HDMI to VGA adapter that has a 3.5 mm output so I could patch into the audio system's soundboard.

When I hooked this up to my iPad, it initially wanted to work. It didn't though. Nothing would play through the lash-up of cables. I've tested the cables individually for the roles they play and they work. Together they cannot get me VGA video and sound to run to a mixing board.

Is there a way to accomplish this through cabling? Am I missing something or is this a dead end?

  • Thunderbolt is not used by iOS devices. Lightning is. Thunderbolt is a mac thing.
    – bret7600
    Jul 17, 2017 at 0:50
  • Also, you do not need the Belkin vga adaptar. Use the Apple One then use the built in output for audio on the iPad. This has worked on all but beta versions of iOS 10.3.3
    – bret7600
    Jul 17, 2017 at 0:54
  • I suppose I should go ahead and correct my brain fart above. I meant Lightning. If I correct that would you please convert your comments to an answer that I'll go ahead and accept? Jul 17, 2017 at 0:59
  • Just wanted to make sure there wasn’t some weird setup going on, thanks for clarifying. I have added the following as the answer. Thanks.
    – bret7600
    Jul 17, 2017 at 13:06

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The Apple Lightning to VGA Adapter works, and when paired with a 3.5mm audio cord plugged directly into the output on the iPad, will allow for sound and video output.

If you have a system that allows for digital audio, it is possible to use a DSP for passthrough from the iPad to the Sound Board, however one usually runs for around $100-$1400.

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