Air Play Mirroring from Mac

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  1. sap12690 macrumors 6502

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    How do I do the mirroring from my Mac to the apple TV? I cant seem to find where to do it
     
  2. ugp macrumors 65816

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    By default it added an icon in my Menu Bar and I just select that and then the AppleTV I want. It's a square with a triangle.
     
  3. sap12690 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    what menu bar? The dock? I have nothing
     
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    This will only work with compatible macs. encoding is a really intense process, but the new CPUs can handle it with a technology called quick-sync. Airplay uses that technology, so it will only work with ivy bridge or sandy bridge CPUs.

    If you dont have a supported chip, Airparrot can do airplay mirroring too, but it's much less efficient.
     
  6. sap12690 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I have an iMac, i bought it like 2 years ago
     
  7. Intell macrumors P6

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    Your iMac is likely too old for Apple's implementation of AirPlay mirroring.
     
  8. sap12690 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    what?!?! I can do the airplay from itunes, but not the mirroring.
     
  9. bearda macrumors 6502

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    AirPlay Mirroring requires a second-generation Apple TV or later, and is supported on the following Mac models: iMac (Mid 2011 or newer), Mac mini (Mid 2011 or newer), MacBook Air (Mid 2011 or newer), and MacBook Pro (Early 2011 or newer).

    2 years is too old.
     
  10. ugp macrumors 65816

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    AirPlay just a video is one thing. It's just streaming the data to the AppleTV. Mirroring it has to rendering the entire screen onto the AppleTV. requires more processing power which the older machines just don't support to be done properly anyway. There are 3rd Party Apps out there that will do it but even using Mirroring there is still a lag to what happens on the Mac to the TV. Impossible to plays games on your TV at least.
     
  11. Intell macrumors P6

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    Your iMac lacks the needed h264 hardware encoder that is used to quickly encode the stream for the Apple TV.
     
  12. mentaluproar macrumors 68000

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    Exactly. The technology used in airplay mirroring wasn't around yet. It isn't like apple omitted it purposely. There just wasn't a good way of doing it yet.
     
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  14. Intell macrumors P6

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    Apple menu at the top left>About this Mac.
     
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  16. haruhiko macrumors 68040

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    The iMac you bought "two years ago" is definitely not a "2011 or newer" model :)
     
  17. hitek79 macrumors member

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    Blah

    I guess I should have read up a bit more. That's the only reason I even upgraded. Pretty disappointing.
     
  18. co80126 macrumors newbie

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    how much do you think it would be to upgrade a 2010 macbook pro so that I could use air play?
     
  19. Intell macrumors P6

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    The cheapest Mac is currently the $599 Mac Mini. So that'll be the price of an upgrade for your.
     
  20. co80126 macrumors newbie

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    no like to add the needed graphics card or processor to my current MBP
     
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  22. co80126 macrumors newbie

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    damn lol...thanks
     
  23. tek210 macrumors regular

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    I am also not seeing my apple tv 2. Yet I can see it in iTunes and on the iPad. Bought it 9/7/11 so it fits the model range I believe.
     
  24. bzollinger macrumors 6502a

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    Lame! A new mini can do it, but mid 2010 3.2 Quadcore can't??:mad::mad:
     
  25. Intell macrumors P6

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    The new Mini has a hardware h264 encoder. Your machine lacks that and the amount of CPU power needed to encode the h264 stream on the fly results in performance that in not acceptable to Apple.
     

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