Suffervision! Connecting TV's and Monitors

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Hello Sufferlandrians! The minions at Sufferlandrian Services get quite a few requests about hooking up their computing devices to a TV Display or larger computer monitor.  Yes, you can hook up your computing to display the Sufferfest video on a larger TV or monitor for iOS, Mac, and Windows.  You can use the links below to jump right to the section you want to read about.

 MAC OS X

 iPhone/iPad

 Windows

MAC (OS X) Connections

 following these steps.  We will cover the following options for connecting your Mac to a larger display:

  • HDMI to HDMI Connection
  • Thunderbolt/Mini-Display Port to HDMI Connection
  • Apple TV
  • Troubleshooting Your Display
  • Troubleshooting Your Sound

Okay, let's get started!

HDMI to HDMI Connection

If your Mac has an HDMI port on the side, it is rather simple to connect.  You need a cable, like the one pictured below.  These are standard cables that you may even be able to swap with your current DVD player or other home entertainment systems. 

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The following is a list of Macs that will have an HDMI port.  

  • Mac mini (Mid 2010) and later models
  • MacBook Pro with Retina display (Mid 2012) and later models
  • Mac Pro (Late 2013)

Thunderbolt/Mini-Display Port to HDMI Connection

You can also purchase a Thunderbolt to HDMI Cable.  The Thunderbolt port is also called the Mini-Display Port.  You can purchase the Mini-Display Port to HDMI Connector at the Apple Store.  Image below.  

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It is important to note that you may need to take extra steps to get the Mini-Display port to work correctly with your HD TV.  If your picture is too small, or your sound is not coming through, then you need to follow the extra steps in the troubleshooting section listed below.

Apple TV

Connecting your Mac to an Apple TV is very seamless.  You only need to ensure that your Apple TV is "On" and connected to your HD TV.  You will use the menu at the top of your screen to activate Airplay.

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Select your Apple TV and then decide if you want to Mirror your Laptop Screen onto your TV or not.  Simple as that. 

Troubleshooting Your Display

Sometimes your display may not automatically work with your HDTV or external monitor.  The first thing we must check is the settings menu.  We click on the "Apple" icon on the top right of our screen.  Then we pull up "System Preferences", from there we can investigate where we might be having problems.  The image below is where we first begin to troubleshoot our problem.  Normally, you will have selected default for display.  This will work for 95 percent of Sufferlandrians.  The Mac and TV will know how big your screen should be.  If the "Default for display" is not working, then we need to manually go in and select "Scaled" and pick 1080p.  

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Now, if your screen is still not filling up the TV, or fills up too much of the TV, then we can use the "Underscan" option.  By adjusting Underscan, we can adjust the size of our display on our TV.  Examples below:

Overscan, the display is too large for the TV.

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Underscan, the display is too small for the TV.

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Troubleshooting Your Sound

There is nothing more frustrating than seeing the magnificence of a Sufferfest video before you, yet you hear no sound.  Here are some troubleshooting tips to help crank up the volume of your suffering.

The first thing we do is go up to the Apple icon at the top left of our display.  We click the Apple and select "System Preferences".  From there, we find the Audio icon and click on the speaker.  The sound menu will now be displayed.  We verify in the output Tab that our TV is selected as the device we will be outputting our sound.  This is also the opportunity to select any other speakers you may have connected to your home entertainment system. 

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iOS (iPhone/iPad)

Yes, you can hook up your iOS to display the Sufferfest video on a larger TV by following these steps.  We will cover the following options for connecting your iOS to a larger display:

  • Apple TV
  • Cable Connectors
  • Troubleshooting Your Display
  • Troubleshooting Your Sound

Okay, let's get started!

Apple TV

Connecting your Mac to an Apple TV is very seamless.  You only need to ensure that your Apple TV is "On" and connected to your HD TV.  

To connect your iOS device to your Apple TV, swipe up from the bottom of the screen on your iOS device.  This will take you to the menu where you can select the Apple TV for Airplay.  

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You will press the AirPlay button which will then take you to your next screen. 

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On this screen, we will select our Apple TV.  If your Apple TV is not showing in this menu, make sure you click the Menu button on your Apple remote to wake it up.  The only other option you have left is to mirror your display from your iDevice.  This will allow you to still operate the App from your iDevice while watching it on the television.  

Video View Modes for iDevices

There are two ways that you can view all of the Sufferfest Glory on your iDevice.  We will just call them the Wrong Way(Portrait mode) and the Right Way(Landscape mode).  

The Sufferfest App is configured to work in Portrait mode and Landscape mode on your iDevice.  It is always better to view the workout in Landscape mode.  Apple TV will display the Sufferfest App in whichever mode that your phone is in.  Examples below.  

Here is portrait mode displayed on our HDTV.  An example of not utilizing our entire TV space. 

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The next picture shows us by simply switching our iDevice to landscape mode, we can now utilize our entire HDTV space.

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 Here we can see that we are now using much more of our television space.  If you want to get rid of the data being displayed, swipe left on your iDevice screen.  If you want to increase the video size to display Sufferlandrian Glory across the entire screen, then double-tap your iDevice screen.  

Cable Connectors

Old Version Apple Digital AV Adapter 

This adapter is for older iDevices with 30 Pin connectors.  It will only stream in 720p to your TV.  It has an HDMI output built in the connector.  *With the latest update to the Apple Operating Systems, they have disabled the ability to use the 30 pin slot for ANT+ and the HDMI slot at the same time.  This option is only useful for the HDMI connection*

*Also of Note!  We are not optimized at this time for exporting video as a secondary screen using the AV adapters.  This may work, but not work well at this time. Meaning you may not get video or it may be distorted.*  

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Lightning Digital AV Adapter 

This adapter is for newer iDevices that have the lightning connector.  You can hook this up to your HDTV utilizing an HDMI cable.  It will stream 1080 HD to your TV.  

*With the latest update to the Apple Operating Systems, they have disabled the ability to use the lightning pin slot for ANT+ and the HDMI slot at the same time.  This option is only useful for the HDMI connection*

*Also of Note!  We are not optimized at this time for exporting video as a secondary screen using the AV adapters.  This may work, but not work well at this time. Meaning you may not get video or it may be distorted.*  

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Troubleshooting Your Display

Screen Aspect Ration Locked

If your screen will not move from Portrait mode to Landscape mode, you most likely have your Screen Aspect Ratio locked.  To check the status of this lock, swipe up on your iDevice.  You will then look for the Screen Lock icon and ensure that it is not selected.  

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Windows

We occasionally get requests from Sufferlandrians who want to create a more immersive, cinematic experience in their Torture Chambers. If you have an external video display, like a TV or monitor, and would like to connect it to the computer on which you've installed The Sufferfest app, you're in luck. We found a great article here that walks you through the various connection options, from how to determine what cables you might need to set everything up. SufferVision: everything you love about The Sufferfest, but on a bigger screen.

Questions? The Minions are standing by. TheMinions@thesufferfest.com 

 

 

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