Adding a 50" 4K TV to the system
I decided to add a 50" 4K TV to the system so I could see the views from all the cams better.
The 2014 i7 Mac Mini seems unable to push the data to the TV through an HDMI cable.
With the Dell 19" monitor, it worked fine, and it initially worked OK with the LG 50" screen, I think when it did its overnight reboot, it detected the 4K screen at the other end, and changed something to try to accommodate it, but the LG now says no signal detected.
That's problem 1. I verified the HDMI cable is OK, my 2020 M1 MacBook Air is able to send video through it to the LG.
I thought I'd work around that by just keeping the Dell 19" monitor on the Mini for admin use, and view the cameras on the LG by using the Apple TV App on an an Apple TV 4K.
Problem 2 is that the Apple TV app seems to be slightly zooming the views, which crops the minute and seconds digits of the camera times off the right top of the frame, which is not ideal. The frame rates are also not visible. Without frame rates or seconds ticking off, it's hard to know if I'm looking at a freeze-frame or a live view. I went all through the LG settings, tried all the aspect ratios and zoom settings, but it looks like the slightly zoomed views are being sent by the Apple TV app, and I can't unzoom them on the LG.
Problem 3...I purchased the Multiplex option from the app, thinking it would display the views in a similar way the Mac app does. On the Mac I have 7 cams, with the 3 main ones each taking up 1/4 of the entire screen, and the remaining 4 cams in the remaining 1/4 of the screen. I don't see a way to do that in the TV app multiplex view. With 7 cameras, the multiplex displays 6 of them, and moves them every 10 seconds or so, which is not ideal for how I'd prefer to view them. As a temporary fix, I took one of the cameras offline, which stops the scrolling, but I can't monitor that camera now.
I do intend to get a new Mac Mini, but it's been 2 years now since the first M1 Mini was released and I wanted to wait for the M1 Pro or M2 Mini before buying one.
I'm pretty sure with a new Mini, it will work just the way it was working, but meanwhile, I'm trying to do the best I can with what I have.
Any help or suggestions on solving or working around any of the above will be appreciated.