There are so many different media consoles and devices that people utilize to access content that it’s tough to select which one to highlight in a how to post. But, we have to start somewhere so for today we’ll look at how to stream Vuze to Apple TV®.
Important to know before you get started
- Capabilities of television and Internet connection
- Speed of home wireless network (older won’t be smooth 802.11b or 802.11g)
- Quality of a/v (larger files typically yield better quality 1.5GB vs low quality at 750MB – can also be connected to length of a/v too)
For the purposes of this post we will be using filmmaker Grzegorz Jonkajtys’ (he goes by Greg) post-apocalyptic short film, Legacy. You can read more about Greg and his fantastic films in our recent interview with him.
Step 1 – Locate your torrent file
If you haven’t already, choose the .torrent that you want to view on Apple TV and download it using Vuze Bittorrent Client. Not sure what to watch or where to start? Vuze has a built-in search engine to help you discover content. You can also set-up a custom subscription based on search or RSS that will alert you to specific content when it publishes.
Incorporated in Vuze is a conversion feature, which makes it nearly effortless to format files for different devices. So, once your download completes you’ll click on “New” under “My Torrents” and locate your file.
Step 2 – Drag and drop your torrent file to device
Next, in the same left hand rail in Vuze look for “Device Playback” and expand it to reveal the different devices that Vuze has identified within your network. One of the items in that list should be “iTunes”. Drag and drop your newly downloaded file to the iTunes® item.
Tip: For the best viewing experience make sure that your files are labeled HD or 720p. A fast network will also help with improving picture quality on your TV.
Vuze will launch a pop-up window that will ask you to select a playback device for your video. Select Apple TV 2 (the newest device model). This will start the conversion process. You can view its progress under the “Device Playback” section “In Progress” area. Vuze will automatically move this file to the iTunes library for you.
NOTE: Because iTunes recognizes .mp4 file formats it is not necessary to convert.
Step 3 – Enable Home Sharing from iTunes
For the next part of this how to you’ll need to access iTunes and enable “Home Sharing”. An Apple ID and iTunes 10.5 or later or required to enable “Home Sharing” using the steps shared below.
- Open iTunes
- Select “File” from the menu
- Select “Home Sharing” and open the sub-menu “Turn On Home Sharing”
Step 4 – Turn on Home Sharing in Apple TV
You’ll also need to enable “Home Sharing” in Apple TV too.
- Turn on Apple TV
- From home screen, select “Settings”
- Choose “Computers”
- Click “Turn On Home Sharing”
- Apple TV will ask if you’d like to use your specified Apple ID, select “Yes”
Your Apple TV will automatically find the iTunes libraries that have Home Sharing turned on using the Apple ID. Makes sure to use the same Apple ID when turning on Home Sharing in iTunes on your computer. Once you’ve connected Home Sharing (Mac® and Apple TV) you should see the name of your Mac in Apple TV under “Computers”. Home Sharing is now complete.
Now, back to Vuze. When you download torrents using Vuze and drag-and-drop them to iTunes in the client Vuze will copy them to the “Movies” section. Change locations in iTunes by right-clicking your file, selecting “Get Info” and editing any file details that you’d like.
Step 5 – View your torrents in your iTunes library
Through Apple TV’s “Computers” area you can now click and choose what you’d like to watch from your iTunes library. Super simple.
And, as always, any use of Vuze that violates the rights of any person or entity is not allowed. More
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