Airplay; sound but no video

theslaz

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Running a Imac with Sierra 10.12.13 and Itunes 12.5.5.5. Can't get Airplay to work outside of Itunes. Playing a movie through Itunes; it works great. Playing a movie through Beamer; it works great. Using Airplay; all I get is sound and no video. I have rebooted the Imac; and the modem. No luck. Any solution to this?
 

cynics

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Running a Imac with Sierra 10.12.13 and Itunes 12.5.5.5. Can't get Airplay to work outside of Itunes. Playing a movie through Itunes; it works great. Playing a movie through Beamer; it works great. Using Airplay; all I get is sound and no video. I have rebooted the Imac; and the modem. No luck. Any solution to this?
Any chance its HDCP related?

What is the source of the video you are trying to play? If its a file is it an Apple friendly format? If you made the file via Handbrake for example what settings did you use?
 

theslaz

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Good question. I quit formatting my files for apple as I always try to use Beamer. I'll try one of my older files and see if it works. But having said that; I did get the file to play through Itunes. Also; shouldn't my desktop show on my tv when I use Airplay; now it doesn't; just goes to a black screen?
 

Jnesbitt82

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It's a security feature. I had it happen a few years ago to me. It keeps you from mass sharing and copying movies that weren't properly purchased or have the proper permissions.
 
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cynics

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Good question. I quit formatting my files for apple as I always try to use Beamer. I'll try one of my older files and see if it works. But having said that; I did get the file to play through Itunes. Also; shouldn't my desktop show on my tv when I use Airplay; now it doesn't; just goes to a black screen?
Beamer does the transcoding. iTunes does not so not only do software limitation apply but hardware too on the AppleTV.

Airplay, depends on whether you are AirPlaying a specific piece of media (activated from the player) or AirPlay Mirroring (activated from Display Preferences or in the right of the menu bar in enable in Display Preferences for easy access).

Using the player/itunes should provide better quality then mirroring. Also mirroring isn't a work around for HDCP, they can still block you. Netflix does this however only in Safari, open Chrome and it works fine.
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If that is the case; why do these illegal movies play in Itunes?
Might not be your issue but only if media is DRM protected does it get hard to share/stream/play/etc.

Being "illegal" doesn't have anything to do with it.

BTW I know you were just joking ;) but be careful with what you do and say, forum rules aside you wouldn't want to end up like Bryan White here.

http://torrentdefense.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/2013-6-19-bellwether-memorandum-opinion.pdf

Ended up with a 241,000 dollar judgement....for 5 movies.....

If anyone finds that interesting here is a video about it. Its funny how he tried to format the hard drive...

 

theslaz

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Not to worry. Nothing illegal here. My purchased Itunes movies are what I'm having problems with. I hooked up my second Apple tv; it works perfectly on my second Tv. My situation is this; We moved from one city to another. Before the move; I had the same problem. One Apple Tv worked the other didn't. Now it's doing the same. Was hoping someone could tell what is wrong. Obviously something at my end.
 
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