Even Mac users can stream movies and videos from the Mac to Apple TV but the way it works, while easy enough, is also anemic considering the third party options that do more. Simply mirroring the Mac’s screen on Apple TV is not enough. Beamer gives you more.
Beam Me Up, Scotty
Beamer is really a media player for the Mac that does one thing. It beams, or streams, video from Mac to Apple TV, but it’s not just another version of the Mac’s Screen Mirroring. Beamer can stream common video formats including AVI, MKV, MOV, MP4, WMV, FLV, and others.
Beamer’s developer promotes Beamer as a player that will put a video on the television screen that’s as good as it is on your Mac, and that’s partially true, but a DVD playing on my iMac’s Retina 5k display is tough to beat.
Nevertheless, Beamer is smooth and simple. It even handles 5.1 surround sound and sub-titles. What? Sub-titles? If the video has it, yes. Beamer also works with the Apple Remote Control so it can be controlled while you’re viewing TV and you won’t have to run to the Mac (unless it’s in another room, but that’s a different situation).
Beamer’s video controller is QuickTime simple with options for audio, a toggle for sub-titles, and basic transport controls. Click the TV icon to toggle between Apple TV and Chromecast (works there, too).
Bells and whistles are extensive, too. Not only do you access to the sub-titles (if your video has it) and control via the remote, Beamer also remembers what you watched, and remembers what point in the video you stopped watching, and can cue it up right at that spot the next time you stream a Beamer video to Apple TV.
Even better than QuickTime is Beamer’s option to create a playlist so you can stream one video after another. Or, just drag a movie on the Mac direct to Beamer and click Play. You’ll see a growing number of four and five star reviews for Beamer and they’re well deserved. The developer responds quickly to issues and the app gets updated regularly.
Beamer is nicely done, easy to master, and provides just enough extra functionality to make it a worthwhile addition to a Mac video aficionado’s app collection.