Airplay delay

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by mickeydean, Sep 17, 2016.

  1. mickeydean macrumors 6502

    Dec 9, 2011
    iPhone 6S plus
    iPad pro
    All fine with apple tv 3

    My macbook pro 15" retina 2013 model however theres a delay or lag with airplay.

    Any ideas?
  2. benjitek macrumors 6502a


    Sep 23, 2012
  3. waw74 macrumors 68040

    May 27, 2008
    airplay or airplay mirroring?
    they are 2 different things.

    airplay sends the pre-encoded file directly to the aTV.
    it can even send the file location to the aTV, and the aTV will download directly, bypassing your phone completely.

    airplay mirroring has to
    1. decode the file
    2. play it back on your video card
    3. do a screen capture of that image
    4. re-encode it
    5. send it off to the aTV.
    All in pretty much real time so the screens stay in sync.
    you loose some quality to keep the sync.
    it doesn't work well for video playback. It's much more suited for presentations.

    if you can see the movie on your phone, iPad, or mac's screen, it's mirroring

    if you want to send movies from your mac, look at airparrot, it lets you stream media files, so it's able to read ahead and encode the file, and will give you a better experience than mirroring.

    or if you have lots of media stored on your mac and you have an aTV4, look at plex, it will index your media, and let you play everything back right on the aTV. (your mac must be running to stream the media)
    if you have an aTV2/3 there is an work around called plexconnect, that works pretty well, at least it did a year ago, i haven't used it since the 4 came out. check the plex forums for more info.
  4. eclipse01 macrumors 68020


    May 16, 2011
    Eau Claire, WI
    So I am getting delay using my Ipad Air 2, I feel like it did not do this (as much) before IOS10.

    Would it be better to Airplay using something like an IP7 due to more horsepower?

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