guitarmandp

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Is this possible to watch xbmc on an appletv 3 airplaying xbmc from my iPad?

I installed the xbmc app in Cydia on my iPad, when I AirPlay it, I get audio but no video. I don't want to do mirroring as I always have better results with AirPlay.
 

thadoggfather

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Airplay mirror it from iOS, then within XBMC go to System Settings - Video - Select Full Screen #2 (something like that, forget the path specifically but change to Full Screen #2 for sure), your AppleTV will be airplayed Full Screen and your pad will turn into an XBMC remote.

Enjoy.
 

guitarmandp

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Airplay mirror it from iOS, then within XBMC go to System Settings - Video - Select Full Screen #2 (something like that, forget the path specifically but change to Full Screen #2 for sure), your AppleTV will be airplayed Full Screen and your pad will turn into an XBMC remote.

Enjoy.

So I select "mirror" instead of "Airplay"
 

ahhboi

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Wow, I can do this?

Now I can get myself an apple TV3 and have a use for my old ipad2! :eek:
 

guitarmandp

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So what is the point in jailbreaking an AppleTV if you can just airplay XBMC

There's gotta be some sort of quality loss because I notice zero quality loss when I AirPlay but I notice buffering issues and qualiy loss when I do the mirroring
 

Menneisyys2

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So what is the point in jailbreaking an AppleTV if you can just airplay XBMC

There's gotta be some sort of quality loss because I notice zero quality loss when I AirPlay but I notice buffering issues and qualiy loss when I do the mirroring


There IS quality loss because XBMC doesn't use native ATV decoding / playback. In this regard, using XBMC over AirPlay is NOT recommended if you want absolutely the best quality.

See my just-published article, where I've even shown screenshots of this, along with providing tons of tips & tricks: https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/1559304/.
 

guitarmandp

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There IS quality loss because XBMC doesn't use native ATV decoding / playback. In this regard, using XBMC over AirPlay is NOT recommended if you want absolutely the best quality.

See my just-published article, where I've even shown screenshots of this, along with providing tons of tips & tricks: https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/1559304/.

I had to return the HDMI to Lightning adapter. It was displaying my iPad XBMC in 4:3 when it should have been 16:9
 

Menneisyys2

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I had to return the HDMI to Lightning adapter. It was displaying my iPad XBMC in 4:3 when it should have been 16:9

Are you sure

1, you did change the monitor to #2 as is explained in my tutorial?

2, you used the new 12-series? (In earlier ones there isn't even a way of switching to the external monitor)
 

guitarmandp

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Are you sure

1, you did change the monitor to #2 as is explained in my tutorial?

2, you used the new 12-series? (In earlier ones there isn't even a way of switching to the external monitor)

This was a few weeks ago and I wasted 3 bucks on that stupid displayout app thinking that this would solve my problem.
 

Menneisyys2

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This was a few weeks ago and I wasted 3 bucks on that stupid displayout app thinking that this would solve my problem.

Basically, with screen mirroring-enabled devices (anything with A5 or better), unless you want to mirro the screen over the component / composite cable for mirroring OR want to show where the taps are, you don't need DisplayOut.

Incidentally, even A4-based devices (e.g., the iPad1) can be hacked to enable mirroring over HDMI / VGA cables as if they were iPad2+'s. See my remark at https://forums.macrumors.com/posts/17010391/ if interested in how it's done (or, for that matter, how one can disable mirroring on an iPad 3).
 

guitarmandp

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Basically, with screen mirroring-enabled devices (anything with A5 or better), unless you want to mirro the screen over the component / composite cable for mirroring OR want to show where the taps are, you don't need DisplayOut.

Incidentally, even A4-based devices (e.g., the iPad1) can be hacked to enable mirroring over HDMI / VGA cables as if they were iPad2+'s. See my remark at https://forums.macrumors.com/posts/17010391/ if interested in how it's done (or, for that matter, how one can disable mirroring on an iPad 3).

I ended up just giving up and buying an AppleTV 2 and jailbreaking it.

I have a jailbroken Apple TV 2 but what I want to do is when I'm out of town or lets say I'm staying at my parents house 2,000 miles away. They don't have an AppleTV so I was wondering if I can get the same quality I get on a jailbroken AppleTV 2 running XBMC by using the HDMI output on an iPad mini or my iPad 4
 

Menneisyys2

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I ended up just giving up and buying an AppleTV 2 and jailbreaking it.

I have a jailbroken Apple TV 2 but what I want to do is when I'm out of town or lets say I'm staying at my parents house 2,000 miles away. They don't have an AppleTV so I was wondering if I can get the same quality I get on a jailbroken AppleTV 2 running XBMC by using the HDMI output on an iPad mini or my iPad 4

AFAIK, while it can decode 1080p content, the ATV2 can't physically output 1080p over HDMI, only 720p.

This means the Lightning connector is better, resolution-wise.

HOWEVER, if I were you, I'd stay away from using XBMC for hi-res playback. As I've also emphasized in my latest article, XBMC delivers worse performance than truly hardware players if and only if you plan to play back iOS-native files (mov / m4v / mp4). This would produce by far better quality than XBMC over the Lightning adapter as XBMC doesn't drive the adapter in native mode, resulting in sub-par resolution (900p as opposed to 1080p) and, with 30+ fps footage, framerate. (It's, however, still better than that of the ATV2 (720p).)
 

guitarmandp

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AFAIK, while it can decode 1080p content, the ATV2 can't physically output 1080p over HDMI, only 720p.

This means the Lightning connector is better, resolution-wise.

HOWEVER, if I were you, I'd stay away from using XBMC for hi-res playback. As I've also emphasized in my latest article, XBMC delivers worse performance than truly hardware players if and only if you plan to play back iOS-native files (mov / m4v / mp4). This would produce by far better quality than XBMC over the Lightning adapter as XBMC doesn't drive the adapter in native mode, resulting in sub-par resolution (900p as opposed to 1080p) and, with 30+ fps footage, framerate. (It's, however, still better than that of the ATV2 (720p).)

I use stream2me to AirPlay mkv files for watching Hulu through xbmx is the lightning to hdmi connector better than airplay
 
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