Mirroring playback of 1080p MKV files smooth?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by raveelement, Nov 2, 2015.

  1. raveelement macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2011
    I'm looking at replacing my wdtv box which has served me well for 4 years since it plays any file i throw at it with no hiccups. With that being said, the new apple tv looks enticing but the only thing keeping me from purchasing it is its ability to mirror hd content from my mac in good quality.

    If i buy an apple tv it would be on the same ethernet network as my imac, i want to play a 1080p mkv movie on my imac and mirror the screen to apple tv. How is the quality? Is there any lag, is there any degration of quality at all?

    Any help would be appreciated as I dont want to buy it and be disappointed and have to return it.

    thx guys
  2. surfnode macrumors member


    Aug 27, 2013
    United Kingdom
    I'll let you know tomorrow as I'll be testing this.
  3. priitv8 macrumors 68040

    Jan 13, 2011
    Why would you want to mirror in the first place? Why not just pump your movie stream into the aTV??
    Mirroring always involves re-encoding into H.264 in realtime and it won't be as good as your offline compressed video stream. On most modern Mac-s and iDevices this is handled by hardware encoder, so final quality depends on the sending device, not the receiving one.
  4. zhenya macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2005
    Don't use mirroring. Use an app like Air Video TV or Plex when it's released to transcode the video on the fly and play it back natively. that will work perfectly. Mirroring will always be reduced quality and subject to lag and stuttering.
  5. niteflyr macrumors 6502a

    Nov 29, 2011
    Southern Cal
    or Beamer

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