About AirPlay and Airplay Mirroring
AirPlay Mirroring requires a second-generation Apple TV or later, and is supported on the following Mac models: iMac (Mid 2011 or newer), Mac mini (Mid 2011 or newer), MacBook Air (Mid 2011 or newer), and MacBook Pro (Early 2011 or newer). For non-qualifying Macs you can try using Air Parrot.
Several Apple Articles Regarding AirPlay
Yes, it is possible. I know because I enjoy AirPlay from my 2010 iMac running ML to my 3rd Gen Apple TV. Though you cannot do mirroring of ML, you can view photo slide shows, movies, audio, etc., basically anything you can play on iTunes, to your Apple TV.
Third party apps might also work well for you. For example, I use the Mac version of djay with or without the djay Remote app for iPhone. These work very well for me without a hitch.
Hope this helps.
I am not 100% certain that upgrading to ML is giving me issues with Apple TV playback (not mirroring) but I AM having trouble with playback of music and movie stored in iTunes/iMac mid-2010.
I have an iMac mid-2010, 3rd generation Apple TV, cable broadband connection, and linksys wireless router.
Ever since I upgraded my iMac from snow leopard to ML (and yes I followed all directions and updated my apple TV as well to the latest software version), Apple TV takes as long a 5 to 10 minutes to play a song in my iTunes/iMac.
I thought it was the broadband or wi-fi connection so I tried netflix streaming using apple TV and it was fine.
Playback of movies stored in iTune/iac are also affected and it takes a long time to load as well.
In addition, once the content is playing, there's lagging/buffering and the playback stalls.
What's going on? Is it the speed of the wi-fi or broadband as suggested by Apple troubleshooting tip and this forum? The only thing that has changed from the time that playback of itunes contents using apple TV was working vs. not is the upgrade to ML.
Anyone else experiencing this problem? Recommendations?
If you are having no issues with content from the internet, it could be a file sharing issue or a problem with interference from other devices you may have. I have experienced both of these headaches. What helped me was the following:
- Check to make sure there are no other devices within close proximity of the Apple TV which could cause interference. Check any other devices using wi-fi, but also any Bluetooth items. [Hint: if an iPhone or other Apple product is also having a problem connecting to the local network from the same location as your Apple TV, you may find interference to be the issue.]
- Restart both the iMac and the Apple TV.
- On the Apple TV, confirm it is configured to your local wi-fi network
- On the iMac, turn file sharing off and then on again. And yes, go through all the motions to do this: Preferences > Sharing > Internet Sharing (unchecked) > Wi-Fi Options > Click OK > [Make sure "To computers using Wi-Fi" is checked] > Internet Sharing (checked) > Click Start
- Go to iTunes and confirm Home Sharing is turned on.
- Go to Apple TV and confirm Home Sharing is turned on.
- Now check the status of content on Apple TV under the "Computers" icon.
Not sure I understand your question. But to reiterate my first post above, AirPlay works on "my 2010 iMac running ML [Mountain Lion] to my 3rd Gen Apple TV. Though you cannot do mirroring of ML, you can view photo slide shows, movies, audio, etc., basically anything you can play on iTunes, to your Apple TV."
If that is not the issue you are trying to resolve, please elaborate.
Sorry just getting back to you. I have never used VLC, so I really couldn't give you a definitive answer to your question. That said, I don't mean to speak on something I am not well versed on. However, I have read that concerns with VLC to AppleTV may involve:
- making sure the files you are trying to stream are AppleTV compatible, of course
- audio issues, as some users have reported inability to get 5.1 sound
AirParrot ($10) is one of the only options that will mirror iMac 2010 screen to Apple TV. The quality of AirParrot mirroring as compared to AirPlay mirroring is not that good. Must depend on your wi-fi speed, how far the iMac is from Apple TV and how far they both are from the wireless router etc.
Technical details of why AirPlay is not available on pre-mid 2011 models:
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