Apple TV for Dummies


Watch your iTunes downloads on a television screen with help from Apple TV For Dummies. This comprehensive guide offers shopping tips; easy-to-understand installation and setup directions; and advanced material like content...

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Watch your iTunes downloads on a television screen with help from Apple TV For Dummies. This comprehensive guide offers shopping tips; easy-to-understand installation and setup directions; and advanced material like content creation, troubleshooting, and optimizing network speeds.

You get the "download" on:

  • Apple TV setup and customizing
  • High-Definition video hardware
  • State-of-the-art audio hardware
  • Connecting both computer and video equipment
  • Using iTunes and the iTunes Store
  • Cataloging your multimedia library
  • Setting up a wireless network (both on the Mac and the PC)
  • Working with Front Row and the Apple TV remote control
  • Displaying photos using iPhoto and Photoshop Elements
  • Audio and video formats, including conversion between formats
  • Syncing iTunes with the Apple TV
  • Creating media for Apple TV using iTunes, iPhoto, and iMovie HD
  • Customizing and optimizing your Apple TV system
  • Troubleshooting, upgrading and maintaining Apple TV

All levels of users will find this guide full of useful information, whether you're a multimedia/High-Definition beginner who hasn’t invested a cent in hardware, or an intermediate-level enthusiast who already has an HDTV and surround sound system, or an advanced electronic wizard who needs just a quick reference tool to troubleshoot a problem.

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Editorial Reviews

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Apple's next conquest? Your HDTV and home entertainment system. Apple TV is all you need to integrate your PC or Mac with all your living room A/V equipment, so you can watch your digital media on your fancy new flat screen (and do a whole lot more). Sound mysterious? Sound complicated? Well, it is, a bit. But one book demystifies every step, so you can achieve true digital media oneness and nirvana: Apple TV for Dummies.

You'll tour your new Apple TV box (yes, it does look like a silver plastic sandwich protector); then walk through installation and configuration (the author holds your hand through nitpicky tasks like configuring your TV's resolution and Apple TV's network settings, setting up iTunes to work with Apple TV, and coaxing your (Mac or Windows) wireless network to download media content to Apple TV.

Then, it's on to the fun part: everything you can do with Apple TV. You'll master the basics of syncing and streaming TV shows, music videos, podcasts, and other Internet video and audio content (and get comfy with Apple TV's remote). You'll learn how to create music and video playlists for display via Apple TV; stream content from and; even use AppleTV as a photo album, drawing on images from iPhoto, Aperture, Photoshop Album, or Photoshop Elements. There's even a section on creating your own media content to display via Apple TV.

Last but not least, there's a reassuring troubleshooting chapter: simple problem-solving rules, the author's "should-be-patented" troubleshooting tree, and all you need to know about running diagnostics and restoring factory defaults. Bill Camarda, from the November 2007 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470173626
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/27/2007
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 316
  • Sales rank: 365,855
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark L. Chambers is an author, a tech editor, and an unabashed Mac fan. He is the author of more than 30 computer books, including MacBook For Dummies.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: The Beginning of a Beautiful Relationship 7

Chapter 1: Shaking Hands with Apple TV 9

Chapter 2: Installing Your New Entertainment Superstar 17

Chapter 3: Configuring Your Apple TV 25

Part II: Connecting Your Apple TV 35

Chapter 4: Creating an Apple Wireless Network 37

Chapter 5: Creating a Windows Wireless Network 47

Chapter 6: Adding High-Definition and Super Sound 53

Chapter 7: Introducing Your Apple TV to Your Television 67

Part III: Exploring Your Apple TV 83

Chapter 8: Syncing and Streaming Apple TV with iTunes 85

Chapter 9: Great, Another Remote Control 97

Chapter 10: Working with Internet Media 103

Chapter 11: Enjoying Music and Video on Apple TV 117

Chapter 12: Apple TV as a Photo Album 129

Part IV: Creating Your Own Media 137

Chapter 13: Creating a Photo Library Using iPhoto 139

Chapter 14: Mastering Moviemaking with iMovie HD 157

Chapter 15: Creating Audio Tracks with iTunes 175

Part V: Apple TV Tricks and Troubleshooting 183

Chapter 16: Customizing Your Apple TV 185

Chapter 17: Maintaining Your Media Library 193

Chapter 18: Okay, It’s Not Working 209

Part VI: The Part of Tens 221

Chapter 19: Top Ten PC and Mac Performance Tweaks 223

Chapter 20: Top Ten Utilities You Can’t Do Without 229

Chapter 21: Top Ten Multimedia Gadgets 237

Chapter 22: Top Ten Things to Avoid Like the Plague 245

Part VII: Appendixes 251

Appendix A: Apple TV Software 253

Appendix B: Glossary 265

Index 277

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