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New Mac Pro video card questions


iMore Question

Hi there,
Does the HDMI port on the brand new Mac Pro mean that a video card (AJA Kona or Blackmagic) isn't needed anymore for monitoring?


Ambassador Team Leader, Senior Moderator
Jan 8, 2012
The HDMI port is a means for you watch videos that are played on your MacBook on an external display or TV that has an HDMI IN port. I don't know the internals of the MacBook, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was not part of the built-in video card/video connector. Having said that, an external video card is NOT needed for monitoring, if I understand your question.


New member
Jan 14, 2011
Mainly because you are running audio and video through one cable when using an HDMI and that is why it is not neccessary.