Unless you use Beamer.
Can someone please tell me why Apple doesn’t do what Beamer does? It’s so, well, Apple-like. Grab a movie in the Finder and drag it onto Beamer. What happens?
Configurations? Button options? A menu box? Video conversions?
No to all the above. Beamer starts streaming the movie to Apple TV as soon as you perform the drop in the drag and drop. What’s not to like about that? Movies don’t need to be converted, don’t need to be placed into iTunes, and you don’t need to jailbreak Apple TV.
It just works. Drag. Drop. Watch.
Beamer has a few other tricks which make it worth the price of admission. It plays almost any movie file in full resolution, fullscreen, and at the full frame rate. Setup playlists of movies, too. And Beamer plays BluRay and DVDs with subtitles.
There’s not much to setup or to control Beamer, either. Click the arrow to play. Drag the slider to move the movie fast forward or rewind (notice how we still use film and tape terms in a digital app). Click the Menu to see and select additional movies.
Beamer plays almost any movie file– AVI, MKV, MOV, MP4, WMV, FLV, and unlike the Mac’s connection to AirPlay, Beamer doesn’t mirror the Mac’s screen. It plays the movie fullscreen through Apple TV, and even has 5.1 Surround Sound built-in (Dolby Digital and DTS).
How do you control Beamer from your Mac? Just use the Apple Remote that came with Apple TV. This is sweet. It’s like having the movie on your iPhone.