How can you stream what’s on your Mac to the television screen through Apple TV? New Macs using OS X Mountain Lion can mirror the screen through Apple TV, but what about OS X Snow Leopard, OS X Lion, and older Macs? Here’s the answer.
Beam Me Up, Scotty!
To play a movie from your Mac to your television, through Apple TV, all you need is Beamer, a Mac utility that does what Apple doesn’t want Mac users to do.
Beamer beams movies from the Mac to Apple TV to your television screen without having to upgrade to a new Mac, or have your Mac running OS X Mountain Lion.
Besides, AirPlay for Mac in Mountain Lion only does screen mirroring. Beamer also works with Mountain Lion and gives you moving playing capability.
How easy is it to use Beamer on a Mac?
Well, you need Apple TV, of course, and both need to be on the same network. Install Beamer. Select the Apple TV connection. Open a movie with Beamer.
Think of Beamer as an AirPlay movie player for your Mac and Apple TV.
Beamer doesn’t even care much about what kind of movie you want to stream from the Mac. It handles the popular formats– MP4, MOV, AVI, even MKV– as well as WMV and Flash FLV.
Instead of mirroring the Mac’s screen to your television, Beamer plays the video the way it should be– 1080p, if your TV can handle it. Instead of merely mirroring stereo sound in AirPlay Mirroring, Beamer preserves the sound of your movie, including %.1 Surround Sound and Dolby Digital.
And, the pause, stop, fast-forward, and rewind buttons on your Apple TV remote work just fine. You can even try Beamer before you buy. Why doesn’t Apple provide a way to do what Beamer does? Apple wants us to buy new Macs or upgrade to the latest OS X version. Beamer gives you more control with less effort.
Highly recommended if you have non-iTunes movies on your Mac and you want to stream video from the Mac to the TV screen.