ATV Holiday Screen Saver

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by mechanicallion, Dec 5, 2011.

  1. mechanicallion
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    I'm wondering if anyone has a suggestion for how best to create a holiday screen saver on the ATV while playing music through iCloud. I have the ATV currently running through a Yamaha sound bar and was initially planning on turning the TV off (since it's not used for sound). However, the ATV goes into sleep when I do this. I tried searching for Christmas/Holiday on flickr but one of every ten photos was random. I appreciate the help/ideas in advance.
     
  2. Intell
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    I believe the Apple TV no longer goes to sleep when playing music via the optical out when running the latest firmware, 4.4.3.
     
  3. mechanicallion
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    Does the optical digital out on the ATV override HDMI? I think I have an old optical cable lying around somewhere, so I'll have to experiment. Thanks for the help.
     
  4. Intell
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    I think the Apple TV can output to both HDMI and optical at the same time. I could be wrong, its been a while since I tried.
     
  5. mchalebk
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    I set up an album in iPhoto with a bunch of Christmas/winter photos and images. I also scan in Christmas cards and add them. I found a bunch of Christmas movie posters and included them, too. I then sync that album to my ATV and select it as my screensaver.

    I should point out I'm using an ATV1. I assume it would work the same with an ATV2.
     
  6. thebignewt
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    It can. Mine goes HDMI to the TV and optical to the surround receiver. Both play at same time.
     
  7. Omne666
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    Because i have a very large photo library in iPhoto, I actually have created a separate library titled "Apple TV Screensavers" with multiple albums in there. From Christmas, to Actors Faces, Movie Covers, Beach Scenes and several other. I just pick the album I want depending on the occasion. Obviously, its an ongoing thing that grows with time.

    Having it as a separate library when your main iPhoto library is 42Gig makes it a fast load for the ATVs. The screensaver kicks in 2mins after I start a playlist!:D
     
  8. Macman45
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    You Are Correct

    It won't sleep, it displays track information and scrolls through the album art from your library.
     
  9. gloomcookie1
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    That's pretty slick. That's a very neat thing to do with the Christmas cards.
     

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