Video Review with Your Apple TV and ScreenLight

Sometimes it's handy to review videos with clients from the comfort of a couch on a big screen TV. A combination of ScreenLight's video encoding and Apple's Airplay technology makes this possible.

This tutorial outlines how to get started. You will need:

  • A second generation Apple TV
  • An iPhone 4/4s or iPad with iOS 5.0 or later
  • A ScreenLight account with videos that have been encoded
  • A Wi-Fi network connected to a broadband Internet connection

The glue that makes everything work is Airplay. In Apple's words:

With AirPlay, you can wirelessly stream videos, music, and photos from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to Apple TV (2nd generation) and stream music to AirPlay speakers or receivers, including AirPort Express. You can also wirelessly stream videos and music from your computer to Apple TV (2nd generation) and stream music to AirPlay speakers or receivers, including AirPort Express.

Login to ScreenLight on your iPhone or iPad and navigate to a video in one of your screening rooms. Start playing one of the videos and click the airplay icon in the video player as shown below.

Airplay

This will pull up a list of airplay devices that you can send the video to.

Airplay list

When you select Apple TV, the video will begin to playback in fullscreen on your TV. The iPad or iPhone will still display the screening room, so you can use it to control video playback and enter comments about the video.  If you want to return playback to your mobile device, just click the Airplay icon again and select the appropriate device.

Due to the connection speed required, you must make sure that your mobile device is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as the Apple TV and that all of the devices have a strong signal. This will not work if you are trying to stream the video over your cellular network. If you have problems, Apple provides a regularly updated Airplay support document with some helpful troubleshooting tips.