I have been reading through all these resources here and here, but I couldn't find an answer.

My question is simply: can the DisplayPort on a MacBook take a video input source?

More Details:

I have:

  1. Macbook Pro Model 6,2 (Mid-2010) that has a DisplayPort output
  2. A camcorder that has HDMI output and NO FireWire outputs.
  3. A HDMI to DisplayPort adapter.

I want to know if its possible to use my camcorder like a webcam, i.e, to capture live video for the purpose of streaming. As a primary test, I should be able to connect the camcorder and do a capture using iMovie.

Would this be possible? I am pretty sure input through USB won't work. And from what I have seen there is no easy way to convert the HDMI video stream into FireWire. So, any suggestions?


No, it does not, I fear: the DisplayPort is an output only.

  • This is true, mini display port does not support video in. – de_an777 Jun 18 '12 at 14:52

So if the DisplayPort does not support input, how then does the built-in iSight camera on the external monitor work so well through the DisplayPort connection?

  • If you are not answering the question you should consider posting your own question or write a comment. – Alex Mar 14 '13 at 7:59

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