How to Get AirPlay on Mac to Sream Video Music?
Written by Amanda
With the release of Mac OS X Mountain Lion, Mac AirPlay Mirroring is finally coming to the Mac, allowing some Macs like iMac and MacBook Air to stream audio/video directly to their Apple TV. And this article will show you how to get AirPlay on Mac and make Mac AirPlay videos, movies, TV series, games, music, etc to Apple TV in an easy and free way.
Best AirPlay Server to AirPlay Mac to Apple TV Wirelessly
Supporting Apple's AirPlay technology, 5KPlayer is a free yet professional AirPlay server capabling of AirPlay from Mac OS X/macOS High Sierra/macoS Mojave and Windows 10/8/7 to Apple TV. It also enables you to stream MOV M4V MP4 1080p HD videos movies MP3 M4A music etc on your iPhone/iPad/iPod to Mac/Windows without cable.
Notice: Mac AirPlay Mirroring works depending on GPU H.264 encoding, or the ability to compress video on your device's actual graphic chips without calling upon the CPU, so you can make Mac connect to Apple TV only if you have an iMac, MacBook Air or Mac Mini from mid-2011, or a MacBook Pro from early 2011.
1. How to Get AirPlay on Mac with Mac Native AirPlay?
With OS X's built-in AirPlay, you can mirror your Mac display to your Apple TV at your Mac's native resolution or your HDTV's native resolution at will. Or you can also extend your desktop to add your HDTV as a second monitor.
Step 1. Activate Mac AirPlay Mirroring
Click on the AirPlay icon on the right side of your Mac's menu bar as the picture shows. Or you can also turn on AirPlay Mirroring via the DisPlay preferences in System Preferences.
Step 2. Choose an Apple TV to Connect.
Click on Apple TV from the dropdown menu. If you have multiple Apple TVs, you can choose the one you want to use right now.
PS: If you choose the first option, your Apple TV won't actually match the resolution, instead it will simply emulate it as your Mac is capable of much higher resolutions than most televisions.
While the second one will reduce your Mac's display to the same resolution as your Apple TV currently outputs, making everything seem bigger.
Step 3. Play Your Video Music
Now you have your Mac AirPlay mirroring to Apple TV, and anything you do on your Mac will be displayed on your TV including video music.
2. How to AirPlay Mac to Stream Videos Music with AirPlay Server?
Here you can draw support from the best free AirPlay sender 5KPlayer, which is capable of streaming music songs and HD 1080p 4K 8K MP4 MOV M4V etc movies, downloaded YouTube videos, etc that you can freely AirPlay from macOS High Sierra/macoS Mojave/Mac OS X/PC or from AirPlay-enabled third party apps like YouTube, Netflix, Spotify, etc to Apple TV and AirPlay speakers. With this AirPlay server, you can turn your Apple TV screen into a Mac display with a variety of media files and create a wireless home entertainment center.
Notice: Please make sure that your Mac and Apple TV are connected to the same WiFi network before AirPlay on Mac.
Step 1: Free download, install and run 5KPlayer on your Mac.
* 5KPlayer also has a Windows version supporting Windows 10 AirPlay now.
Step 2: Click AirPlay icon on the top right corner of 5KPlayer and choose the Apple TV you'd like to connect from the dropdown menu.
* AirPlay tab on your Mac will turn red once the AirPlay is enabled.
Step 3: Add a video or music from your local file and play it on. 5KPlayer will automatically stream video music from your Mac to Apple TV and you just enjoy it.
5KPlayer is also an AirPlay receiver Mac that you can display what's on your iPhone/iPad/iPod to Mac/PC for extended visual experience. You can AirPlay mirroring iOS 10 iPhone 7/7 Plus iPad, screen mirroring iPhone/iPad to Mac/Windows, screen record iPhone iPad, etc without any cable and costing no dime.
It's noteworthy that sometimes you may encounter the problem that the AirPlay icon on your Mac is not enabled, you can checkout this list to find the solution: https://positek.net/why-cant-my-mac-screen-show-on-my-apple-tv/