HOWTO | Upload and stream video to Ap­ple TV

Mac Format - - IOS IMPROVE -

1 En­able wire­less trans­fer

Open the app and tap the Wi-Fi icon in the win­dow’s bot­tom left. This shows you dif­fer­ent ways to open a con­nec­tion be­tween Mac and app. The sim­plest one is usu­ally to use an HTTP con­nec­tion by en­ter­ing the up­per­most ad­dress into your browser on your Mac. Then sim­ply drop any video files into the rel­e­vant area in your Mac browser and they’ll upload to the iPad. Don’t close the iPad trans­fer screen un­til the upload has com­pleted or it will cancel. Large videos might take a few min­utes.

2 Man­age your videos

Tap on the My Doc­u­ments sec­tion in the cen­tre of the app’s win­dow to see a list of the files on your iPad, in­clud­ing many dif­fer­ent kinds of video and au­dio files. This list can be searched and or­dered by size, name, date and more. If you tap the info but­ton next to a video you can make set­tings for an in­di­vid­ual file, such as ap­ply­ing Au­dio Boost to help with quiet sound, or flip­ping the video im­age hor­i­zon­tally or ver­ti­cally re­gard­less of the ori­en­ta­tion of your de­vice. Close this win­dow to play your file…

3 Play the video

Tap on a video file’s name to play it. There’s a progress slider and vol­ume con­trol at the bot­tom, and short­cuts for con­trol­ling the speed and as­pect ra­tio of play­back as well as ac­ti­vat­ing sub­ti­tles if avail­able. The play­back con­trols are to the cen­tre left of the dis­play and you can ac­cess other films in the playlist on the right. Th­ese con­trols fade out af­ter a few sec­onds, but you can tap any­where on the screen to bring them back at any time. The Close but­ton re­turns you to the main screen.

4 Pick a TV-out method

The but­ton in the con­trol bar that looks like AirPlay is ac­tu­ally a TV out con­trol. Tap on this to see a num­ber of meth­ods for get­ting sig­nal out. As well as AirPlay mir­ror­ing there are four wired op­tions in­volv­ing Ap­ple adapters and ca­bles, and even the op­tion to beam to Google Chrome­cast. The ex­act com­bi­na­tion of wires and con­nec­tions will de­pend on whether you have a 30-pin or Light­ning-con­nected iOS de­vice and what kind of TV you’ve got. Wire­less frees you from leav­ing the de­vice near the TV.

5 En­able AirPlay

The app re­quires AirPlay to be ac­ti­vated on your iPhone or iPad, but it also re­quires mir­ror­ing to be switched on. This means the en­tire out­put of the de­vice is sent to your Ap­ple TV rather than just the video stream. Swipe up to call up Con­trol Cen­tre and in the Air­port menu tap to ac­ti­vate AirPlay and switch the Mir­ror­ing but­ton on as well. The app will adapt its dis­play to send the sig­nal to the Ap­ple TV. You won’t be able to use your iPad for other things while mir­ror­ing.

6 Mir­ror to Ap­ple TV

A blue line across the top of your iPad’s screen shows the sig­nal is be­ing mir­rored to the Ap­ple TV. You’ll no longer see a pic­ture on the iPad, but you will see a dis­play that tells you what’s play­ing, plus the con­trols. On your TV you should now see the film play­ing back just as if it was play­ing from a DVD or stream­ing over the web. AirPlay mir­ror­ing can use a lit­tle more power than regular stream­ing, so it’s worth plug­ging your de­vice into the mains to make sure it doesn’t die half­way through the film.

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