I have been reading through all these resources here and here . But, I don't have my answer.

My question is simply, can the display port on a Mac take video input source?

More Details: I have

  1. Macbook Pro Model 6,2 (Mid 2010) that has a Display Port
  2. A camcorder that has HDMI output and NO firewire outputs.
  3. A HDMI to Display port adapter.

I want to know if it's possible to use my camcorder like a webcam i.e 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?

1 Answer 1


No, the display port on your macbook pro is output only.

You may be able to use your camcorder as a webcam if it is capable of streaming video over USB or Firewire, though.

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