HDMI signal on iMac: Stream and record via Elgato Game Capture HD60 S.

If you want to connect a game console such as the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation or Xbox to the iMac in order to use it as a monitor or television or to stream / record your gameplay, then you can use a device called Elgato Game Capture HD60 S help. With the converter for HDMI signals from consoles, DVD players, etc. you can feed in audio and video from games, films and series as well as other multimedia content via HDMI and transfer it to the iMac via USB-C 3.0. Also suitable for Let's Play videos, YouTube or Twitch streams.

Update May 2021: A lot has happened in the streaming market since the first version of this guide. With a much broader offering, Elgato now ensures that you get exactly the hardware you need to record and stream video game content. In addition to the Elgato HD60 S, you will now find further options below - also and above all for game content with 4K resolution. Have fun!

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Stream device: Elgato Game Capture HD60 S

The small Full HD device is made for streaming and recording gameplay, especially for so-called Let's Plays on YouTube or Twitch. For this, many settings can be made with regard to audio and video. The software suitable for the Elgato Game Capture HD60 S is available as a download for Apple Mac and Windows PC directly from the manufacturer. But even if you have nothing to do with YouTube, Twitch and Let's Plays, but simply want to use the Apple iMac or PC as a monitor, television or recorder for gaming, the device with the named software is ideally suited.

Stream games and multimedia at 1080p 60fps
With the Elgato Game Capture HD60 S you can transmit and record video signals including audio from Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo Switch, Xbox, PlayStation, DVD player and Co. via HDMI in Full HD and at 60 Hz. For Let's Plays and Streams on YT or Twitch, individual settings can be made and even the webcam / facecam can be integrated.

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Streaming HDMI signal on iMac: here's how

Before it really starts and you can use the Apple iMac as a full HD monitor for the Nintendo Switch, for example, there are a few steps that need to be taken. If you do this, everything should work fine:

  • Software Game Capture HD download (Download from Elgato)
  • Install the software after the download, of course
  • Hardware to the Elgato Game Capture HD60 S connect
  • Start the stream and recording software
  • Let's start!

The program Game Capture HD, which is responsible for the video preview, the layout of the stream or the recording and generally for the display of the HDMI content, the incoming video signal including the audio should reproduce immediately. On the right and below you can see various settings, which you can largely neglect for purely local playback. Simply set the video preview to full screen and go!

Full HD 1080p preview at 30fps or 60fps

In the recording and streaming software for the Elgato Game Capture HD60 S, there is an extensive but clear menu for all details and features. There you can set how high-resolution the video should be.

Settings in the software for the ideal transmission of video signals from Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, Xbox and Co. Great also for creators of Let's Play videos and live gaming streams.

Settings in the software for the ideal transmission of video signals from Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, Xbox and Co. Great also for creators of Let's Play videos and live gaming streams. (Source: 9to5Toys video, see below)

It is important that you - if you post content at 60 fps / 60 Hz to fully enjoy – check the box in the menu Allow 60 fps for video preview (Allow 60 fps for video preview). Because what you'll see on the iMac's screen is the video preview, whether you're actually recording the gameplay or not.

Instructions as video tutorial

On the YouTube channel 9to5Toys, which is operated by the Apple magazine 9to5Mac, there are practical instructions for setting up the Elgato Game Capture HD60 S. The Nintendo Switch with Mario Kart Deluxe 8 is streamed on the Apple iMac:

Advantages of the Elgato Game Capture HD60 S in comparison

In addition to the HD 60 S game streaming device for private users, streamer and Let's Player, the manufacturer Elgato also offers three other gadgets for transmitting HDMI signals to PC and Mac / MacBook. Only the Elgato Game Capture HD60 S has a USB-C 3.0 output with a maximum of 40Mbit / s (recording) and Mac compatibility. Here is a comparison of the manufacturer's four products:

Elgato HD60 S. Elgato HD60 Pro Elgato HD60 Elgato HD
External device Ja No, card for installation in a PC Ja Ja
Compatible with Mac with macOS Sierra / Windows 10 PC Windows 10 PC Mac with macOS Sierra / Windows 10 PC Mac with OS X 10.9+ / Windows 7+ PC
Full HD 1080p@60Hz Ja Ja Ja No
Interface / connection via USB-C 3.0 PCIe USB-A 2.0 USB-A 2.0
Max. Video bit rate 40 MBit / s 60 MBit / s 40 MBit / s 30 MBit / s
Instant Gameview (preview) Ja Ja No No
Details and Buy Here Here Here Here

Let's play videos and streams trending

Anyone who occasionally visits YouTube or Twitch will know the terms Let's Play and Game Streaming. Certain people play video games on a console, PC or Apple Mac and transfer the game content to the Internet. Sometimes live, i.e. via direct stream, sometimes afterwards as Let's Play Video.

The gameplays are pretty much always commented; the player speaks to the audience, which is the main attraction for the audience. The so-called facecam has also become standard, i.e. a webcam that is aimed at the player and whose video signal can be seen as a small window in the gameplay.

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Buy suitable products from Amazon

So it is not surprising that with devices like the Elgato Game Capture HD60 S on the Amazon product page under the Customers who bought this product also bought Heading webcams and microphones are listed. With the Elgato software linked above, streams and Let's Plays including commentator audio and webcam video can be compiled in the game video. For professional streaming people who want to get started on Twitch, there is also that Elgato Stream Deck, with which you can import media and sound effects.

Conclusion on the topic

Displaying the HDMI signal on the iMac, Mac or MacBook from Apple is child's play with the Elgato Game Capture HD60 S. It is just as easy to transfer game content from consoles such as Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation or Xbox not only to a Mac or Windows PC, but also to appear professionally on the Internet. Because the device and program are also and above all intended for streaming and recording gameplay, audio commentary and webcam integration.

What's your opinion? Will you buy the Elgato Game Capture HD60 S and turn your computer into a console monitor, television and recorder? Feel free to leave a comment on the topic! ;)

Elgato HD60 S + - New version for 4K, 60 fps and HDR10

The year is 2021 and since the first version of this article new options have appeared on the market to transmit HDMI signals (also from HDMI 2.1) via USB-C to the Mac or PC. In addition to the Elgato HD60 S already mentioned above, there is now also the Plus version. The Elgato HD60 S + now supports 1080p Full HD with 60 frames per second as well as 4K streams with 60 frames per second and even HDR10. Whether PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S or Nintendo Switch - with the device you can record and stream all kinds of video games with great graphics. You can get to the product with this link.

41,09 EUR
Elgato HD60 S +, external capture card, stream and record in 1080p60 HDR10 or 4K60 with ...
  • Record your gameplay in superb 1080p HDR10 quality. (HDR recordings only possible via Windows)
  • Play modern console games without sacrificing quality thanks to lag-free passthrough in 4K60 ...
  • Reach your goal faster thanks to Instant Gameview with ultra-low latency technology

Elgato Capture Card for Windows PC: Component for direct contact

So-called capture cards, which are now available for 4K content in addition to HD compatibility, are intended for installation directly in the PC. At Elgato, the corresponding models are called HD60 Pro and 4K60 Pro. The name already indicates the maximum resolution of the fed-in video material for which they are intended. Installation is only possible on PCs and not on the Apple Mac. The compatibility is given with Windows 10 (64 bit) as well as with PCIe x1 / x4 / x8 / x16 slots. You can find details, pictures and prices by means of this link to Amazon.

Elgato HD60 Pro recording high quality 1080p and zero latency pass-through, PCIe capture card, ...
  • Record your Xbox, PlayStation or Nintendo gameplay to stunning video quality in 1080p with 60 frames per ...
  • Integrated live streaming to Twitch, YouTube and more
  • Instant Gameview: Streaming with virtually no latency
33,09 EUR
Elgato 4K60 Pro MK.2, internal capture card, stream and record in 4K60 HDR10 with ...
  • Flawless 4K60 HDR10 recording and pass-through
  • Reach your goal faster thanks to ultra-low-latency instant gameview technology
  • Enjoy 240 Hz passthrough in your dual PC setup

Record gameplay without a Mac or PC, but on an SD card

This is also possible with Elgato accessories. For example, with the Elgato 4K60 S+ you get the opportunity to record video game images and sound with 4K resolution, 60 fps and HDR10. You can simply use an SD or SDHC or SDXCmemory card plug in. Furthermore, the device can also be connected to a Windows PC in order to save to the hard disk there. Unfortunately, there is no direct compatibility with the Apple Mac. If necessary, you can take the detour via the SD card if you like the Elgato 4K60 S+. Pictures, technical data as well as the price and the purchase options can be found with this link to the product page.

93,60 EUR
Elgato Game Capture 4K60 S+, recording in 4K60 HDR10 on SD card
  • Record gameplay in stunning 4K60 HDR10
  • Record directly to an SD card without a PC
  • Store unlimited material on your PC hard drive

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  1. Gargondola says:

    Is it also possible with this device to mirror the HDMI signal of a graphics card of a Windows PC on a Mac? So could I use a Mac (March 2019) as a monitor for a Windows PC?

    • sir appleot says:

      Well, you have to ask Elgato that. I don't use the thing and I don't have a Windows PC either. : D That's why the blog is called "Sir Apfelot" and not "Sir Schrottalot". ;-)

      • Gargondola says:

        Uhhh…. : D

        Only the sentence "Displaying the HDMI signal on the Apple iMac is child's play with the Elgato Game Capture HD60 S. It is just as easy to not only display game content from consoles such as Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation or Xbox to be transferred to the Mac or Windows PC, ... "because a Windows PC is often junk, but with the right components it is actually also a game console and I was surprised that this option was not mentioned. Maybe this is not even possible. But then I'll ask Elgato that.

        Thanks for your answer!

        • sir appleot says:

          So theoretically your idea should work. Because HDMI comes from the PC and I think the Elgato thing doesn't care if the signal comes from a PC or a console. And because of the junk: In principle, I don't find anything bad about PCs or the components. Only the Windows operating system is a horror for me. It's the same for others with macOS. So a purely personal story that was not meant to be offensive.

          • Gargondola says:

            All good, didn't take that as an insult :)

            Microsoft's in-house operating system itself often bothers me a lot. But I always prefer a PC to a console for gaming and unfortunately often not a Mac either.

  2. Richard Voss says:

    Hi all,
    does the HD60s also work with the latest iMac software, e.g. Catalina?
    Or do I have to downgrade beforehand?
    Thanks and regards

    • sir appleot says:

      Hello Richard! According to Elgato support the card works under Catalina, but you have to give it the appropriate rights so that it can use the camera and microphone:
      "You can also find these settings by going to System Preferences on your Mac, then selecting Security. Select the Camera and Microphone option and click the lock icon in the lower left corner to make changes to these settings."

  3. Alice says:

    Hello, I own a MacBook Pro from 2018 and I'm new to streaming.
    Now I would like to get myself an Elgato, but I'm wondering whether it is even possible and if which Elgato would be the right one for my MacBook.
    Thank you for the answer
    Best regards

    • Jen Kleinholz says:

      Hello alice! The Elgato Game Capture HD60s mentioned in the article is also shown for the Mac. With the 2018 MacBook Pro, you should also have the right processor. Elagto recommends "Mac - Intel i5-4xxx quad-core or better". LG, Jens

  4. Steve says:

    Hi Jens,

    everything organized. iMac 2020 equipped with the Elgato software for the Elgato HD60 S + and everything wired. Unfortunately, the Elgato software says that no USB C cable has been connected ... what could be the problem? USB C cable exchanged - a change ... So the birthday present for my son falls into the water ...

    • Jen Kleinholz says:

      Hello Steve! Unfortunately, I have no idea why it could be, but I would say this is a classic case for Elgato support. They should actually have a tip.

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