How to watch downloaded movies on my Macbook to TV?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by raptorstv, Oct 25, 2012.

  1. raptorstv macrumors 6502

    Mar 24, 2011
  2. martinm0 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 27, 2010
    Yep. Assuming these are iTunes movies or movies loaded into iTunes. Airplay will let you stream them (and you should have access to them in iCloud through the AppleTV as well).

    Additionally, if you have a i5/i7 series MBP, you'll be able to use Airplay Mirroring to send your MBP screen to your TV.
  3. raptorstv thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 24, 2011
    do I have to connect my macbook via HDMI output?
  4. lunaoso macrumors 65816


    Sep 22, 2012
    Boston, MA
    Not if you have a Apple TV.
  5. zhenya macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2005
    Connecting the MacBook directly to the tv is the easiest, but then it is tethered which is a pain.

    With an AppleTV and home sharing you can play any movies loaded in iTunes directly as long as the MacBook is on and connected to the same network as the AppleTV.

    To play movies not loaded in iTunes you need a work around. AirPlay mirroring is not likely to prove satisfactory for movies, so you'll need a third party app. Beamer is one app that claims to do this.
  6. iHailCarlo macrumors 6502

    Aug 10, 2012
    Apple TV in my opinion is the ultimate portal to your media. Use Handbrake, iFlicks, and MediaHuman Audio Converter to convert anything you need.
  7. spblat macrumors 6502a


    Jun 18, 2010
    I use HandBrake to convert videos that aren't compatible with iTunes. I use iDentify to manage metadata. With my TV shows and movies in my iTunes library, I can watch anything I want on my AppleTV.

    And I use a process I scripted myself to automate the process of encoding large numbers of video files. See how here:

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