A less than well known integration feature between iOS and AppleTV is AirPlay.
AirPlay lets you wirelessly stream what’s on your iOS device to your HDTV and speakers via Apple TV. Or mirror exactly what’s on your display to the big screen. Vacation photos, blockbusters, the latest games — AirPlay and Apple TV put it all on your TV.
AirPlay is great for watching something from an iOS device on your big TV, and iTunes on OSX can also stream audio and video over AirPlay.
But what if you just want to airplay a video from OSX which isn’t in iTunes? Or is in a format that iTunes won’t play? Like an .avi or .mk or .wmv? 1
Beamer is an OSX app that streams video over AirPlay. You open your video in Beamer, specify your AirPlay destination, and the video is playing on the TV. It’s that simple. The Beamer website says it supports AVI, MKV, MOV, MP4, WMV, FLV. It also supports subtitles (embedded and external) and will auto-select them based on your AppleTV settings.
Beamer is however, not a media library manager and has only a very simplistic playlist feature, a single play list which is really just for you to queue up a few videos to watch one after another.
I’ve been using it for about 6 months and it’s fantastic. It’s $15 ($18 AU) and well worth it.
Yes I know that OSX Mountain Lion introduced AirPlay Mirroring, which essentially lets you use an AppleTV as an extra monitor. Personally I’ve found it doesn’t perform well enough in many cases. ↩
Summary: A great little app that knows what it does and does it well. If you ever want to watch non-iTunes content on your AppleTV this is the way to go.