Top and Best Uses of a Laptop HDMI Port

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Known in full as High-Definition Multimedia Interface, HDMI serves as a conduit or standard through which consumer electronics can transmit and receive audio and video in HD between external sources as well as receivers. Laptops that feature HDMI ports enable you to project video and audio, of high quality, onto HD-capable devices, like audio receivers, televisions, and the likes. Utilizing the HDMI port of your laptop correctly only takes a couple of seconds and turns the device into a robust multimedia hub. In the nitty-gritty of today’s article, we will be taking a look at the different uses of your Laptop HDMI port.

Things You Can do with a Laptop HDMI Port

There are many things you can do with the laptop HDMI port, all are listed below.

Connecting the Laptop to TV set

If you would like to have a bigger screening of the content of your laptop to the television screen, all you need do is to plug one end of your HDMI cable into the computer with the second end linked to one of the TV’s HDMI ports. You should make sure that your system is on and that your television set is tuned to the appropriate channel, so the laptop can configure, automatically, to provide you with the most suitable settings from here.

If at all your laptop fails to select the right setting automatically, you simply need to head to Control Panel, tap Display and choose Adjust Resolution. Then, proceed to the Display drop-down box to see to it that your television has been selected, after which you will go to the Resolution drop-down box and match those settings that are well-suited to your TV.

Watching High-Def. movies via Blu-ray & HD-DVD

The latest specs of HDMI ensure that support for 3D, Ultra HD, and 4K videos are fully added, which are made use of by most modern Blu-ray compatible players. This feature helps you, if at all you’ve got one, to enjoy watching movies in a stunning HD mode from your laptop, without the need to engage in any other extra business. All that’s necessary is to have your HDMI cable lying around somewhere in your vicinity.

Connecting Your Laptop to a Decoder

You may want to watch programs and shows on your digital TV channels from a laptop in the absence of a TV set. In order to carry out this operation, make sure your system supports HDMI input so you may connect your decoder to the laptop with the aid of an HDMI cable.

Playing PC games Using Console Seamlessly

To enjoy a sophisticated sound and picture quality for gaming, you need to try this option out. Make sure your computer features a dedicated port for input for plugging the HDMI cable into the port, which is located at the back of the console while it’s off. Plug the other end of your HDMI cable to the HDMI input port of your laptop. Switch the console on, and your computer should change the input source of its screen, automatically, to the output which is coming from your game console.

Getting Surround Audio from Your Home Theatre System

You can also connect up the home theater system in your house to the laptop to get the best out of it in terms of sound quality, by simply locating the HDMI ports of each system and linking them appropriately. You can carry out this procedure to play sound from all the other attachments via the HDMI cable.

If you want to have sound playing from the laptop to play via your equipment over HDMI cabling, you should adjust the audio settings by right-clicking the speaker icon, which is beside the clock in your taskbar, and choosing Playback Devices. You would then see the available devices, including HDMI output or Digital Audio. Right-click on this and set it to be your Default Device.

Capturing and Recording Live Videos in HD From Camera to Laptop

In this last use of a laptop HDMI port, you would require a clean HDMI output from the camera. A clean HDMI output refers to the ability to output a live signal through its port from a camera sensor, without showing any undesirable on-screen info that could have displayed in your LCD back.

You’ve to set your camera’s live view on-screen display menu option to OFF. You can get this setting in the advanced HDMI settings of your camera.  This application works great for video playback as well as live view. Ensure that the resolution settings for the video are put at 1920 by1080 pixels and either 30fps, 25fps or 24fps.

Also, you should set the HDMI output resolution to Auto so you can enable the 1080p capability as it mainly supports 1080i only. You can now plug in your laptop, configure the setting on the camera, and start recording the live view, without having to press any button on the camera. Simply make use of the buttons for Record and Stop on your laptop recorder.

Highlighted above are just few among the several uses of the HDMI port of your laptop. We only focused on the key ones. If your computer comes with this port, you can share your experience in using the feature with us and the particular activity you applied it for. 


Posted by Deji

Deji is a freelance writer and Physics graduate from the University of Ibadan. Passionate and meticulous, he is a keen follower of developments around the world on a number of issues ranging from science, tech, history, politics, among others. Deji loves playing football and meeting people. Please, follow on Twitter and Facebook

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