iTunes Visualizer on second display only

BreakGuy

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Is it possible to connect my MBP to my TV so I can show the iTunes visualizer on the TV, yet leave my MBP's screen free to do other things? I have a party coming up and would like to be able to control the music without having to interrupt the visualizer.
 

iVikD

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Sep 11, 2011
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Is it possible to connect my MBP to my TV so I can show the iTunes visualizer on the TV, yet leave my MBP's screen free to do other things? I have a party coming up and would like to be able to control the music without having to interrupt the visualizer.
Make sure you've set up your TV as an extension of your desktop, then drag iTunes over to it. That should leave your MBP's screen free. If you want to have your songs and iTunes interface separated from the visualizer, that might take a bit of playing around (if it can be done at all.)

EDIT: Actually, what you can do is double click a playlist to open it in a new window, then the visualizer will be shown only on the main iTunes window. You can then drag the main one (visualizer) to your tv and keep your playlist on the MBP. Hope this helps :]
 

BreakGuy

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I've dragged iTunes over to the TV, leaving the menubar on my MBP. I can't view the visualizer in full screen mode cos it seriously affects my MBP display, and doesn't show on the TV. So I have the visualizer playing in-window mode and I've just manually adjusted the size of the window so pretty much all one sees is the visualizer.

Now, all I need a way to control the music from 'behind-the-scenes'.


EDIT: In response, to your edit. Thanks. That's exactly what I need. Made my day, you have.
 

iVikD

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Sep 11, 2011
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I've dragged iTunes over to the TV, leaving the menubar on my MBP. I can't view the visualizer in full screen mode cos it seriously affects my MBP display, and doesn't show on the TV. So I have the visualizer playing in-window mode and I've just manually adjusted the size of the window so pretty much all one sees is the visualizer.

Now, all I need a way to control the music from 'behind-the-scenes'.


EDIT: In response, to your edit. Thanks. That's exactly what I need. Made my day, you have.
Glad I could help. If you want, you could also check out VLC player, as it keeps the player and controls separate from the video window.
Cheers~
 

BreakGuy

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I tried VLC on PC before I switched to mac and didn't particularly like it. I might download it again one day and try it out on mac. Who knows...
 

iVikD

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Sep 11, 2011
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I tried VLC on PC before I switched to mac and didn't particularly like it. I might download it again one day and try it out on mac. Who knows...
The only reason I use it is because Quicktime doesn't quite do it for me, VLC is so much more flexible. That's my personal opinion though.
 

gmazel

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Try this tip for visualizing on 2 displays simultaneously

If you have two monitors on a Mac, try this tip while visualizing in iTunes. Control-mouse scroll and then center between displays. Makes for fantastic twin display visualizations!
 
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phatty

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Nov 3, 2018
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I realize this is years later, but in case somebody else comes looking, here is the solution. Open iTunes and play whatever song you like, with the iTunes window on your laptop/set. Initiate visualizer (Cmd + T) and then hit Cmd + ctrl + F to get the visualizer out of full screen mode. Move it over to your secondary monitor, then open it up full screen, and BAM!

EDIT: Edited original text as it should have read "...hit Cmd + ctrl + F to get the visualizer our of full screen mode."
 
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