Looking to purchase ATV 3 - questions about AirPlay Mirroring?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Littleodie914, Oct 17, 2012.

  1. Littleodie914 macrumors 68000


    Jun 9, 2004
    Rochester, NY
    We're looking to pick up an Apple TV 3rd generation, but I have a few requirements/questions:

    1. I know we can use the Apple TV software to stream Netflix, iTunes rentals, etc. over WiFi - no extra computer required
    2. I know we can use AirPlay mirroring to show exactly what is on one laptop, desktop and menu bar and etc. included

    What I want to be able to do, however, is pick a single source that's running on my laptop (like a movie playing in Quicktime, or a Hulu video playing in Safari) and stream just that source to the Apple TV.

    In essence, I want to be able to continue to use the streaming machine for work, email, etc. while the video is playing on the Apple TV. Is this possible? Thanks! :D
  2. testeri, Oct 17, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2012

    testeri macrumors newbie

    Sep 9, 2012
    Never mind, I was wrong. :D

    (You can "mirror" video files with Beamer)
  3. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    Would be nice but it's the whole Notebook's screen or nothing, at least currently.
  4. mully1121 macrumors member

    Dec 9, 2009
    There's an app called AirParrot that may do what you're looking for. airparrot.com and I think its $10 for a license.
  5. Bob Loblaw macrumors regular

    Bob Loblaw

    May 31, 2008
    Reston, Virginia
    I'm thinking about purchasing one as well, and upgrading to Mountain Lion. Would I be able to mirror HBO GO, in a Firefox window, to the Apple TV? I also don't have an Airport Express. If so, I'm sold on the Apple TV. HBO GO capability is the one thing that's holding me up on getting this over the Roku.
  6. gursis11 macrumors member

    Oct 4, 2011
    Only in iTunes. OS X doesn't have the uniform video UI like iOS, once they have that I think it'll be content-only-airplay possible.
  7. Ryan.Tanner macrumors regular

    Jan 31, 2008
    McKinney, TX
    Without creating a new thread, I will ask my question which is nearly identical.

    I will be getting a new iMac (hopefully) and a new Apple TV next week. Is it possible to be using the iMac for anything (gaming, design, web, etc.) while my wife uses the Apple TV interface on the TV at the same time? I'm not asking for the OS X mirroring, just the Apple TV streaming.
  8. mic j macrumors 68030

    Mar 15, 2012
    Yes, your iMac will be fully available for use. The only thing that might be an occasional issue is wifi bandwidth. With heavy bandwidth use, one or both of you may experience an occasion slowdown.
  9. Westside guy macrumors 603

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy side of the Pacific NW
    When I've wanted to do this, I've just made the video fullscreen. I understand that may not always be optimal, depending on what exactly you're trying to display.

    I love Airplay though - it's ended up a lot more useful than I thought it would be.
  10. Ryan.Tanner macrumors regular

    Jan 31, 2008
    McKinney, TX
    Thank you for the prompt response. This is just what I wanted to hear.

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