Revel: Support for AirPlay?

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When will Revel support AirPlay? You mention in your latest update that you can now veiw photos directly from your iphone/Ipad on your apple TV with AirPlay support, yes that is true. This is done by mirroring your device, and it can be done with every app including Revel and before the update. Why even mention this as a new feature? And when will Revel support true AirPlay? And what is this new AirPlay feature that you mention in the update?
Otherwise I think it's a great app and I've been using it from the beginning.
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Freddie

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Jason R, Employee

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Freddie,

Thanks for using Revel! Glad you like it!

Once you enable Airplay on the device you need to tap an image thumbnail to view the image in loupe. Then tap the actions button (Bottom right) and select Airplay.

That should initialize a presentation mode from Revel.

I agree that we need to do better at giving you the steps necessary. Sorry for the confusion.

Jason
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To second what Jason said, Revel needs the user to enable the AirPlay connection to Apple TV or connect to a display using Apples video cables. In Revel, to enable AirPlay's presentation mode, the user must switch on this mode in the action menu which is available while browsing Revel images full screen. Here are some screen shots to clarify the steps.

If a user is not currently connected to AppleTV, or an external display using Apple Composite AV Cable or Component AV Cable, Revel does offer guidance on how to get started. These screen shots are from Revel 1.10 for iPhone (iPad is similar):

Tapping this button...


...Shows these steps:


Here's Apple's AirPlay UI for connecting to Apple TV, as seen on the iPad (iPhone is similar):


After the user has made the connection to Apple TV with Mirroring enabled, or has connected Apple video cables, this menu item becomes available (as seen on iPad, iPhone is similar):
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Christophe Brun

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Hi,

Glad to use the last update with some very new useful features.
But disappointed by what you called the "airplay support".
I finally found out a simple help about how to activate the mirroring on apple products ... I was expecting something more integrated with the apple TV.
An idea could be to have the albums view on the idevices and the full screen pictures displayed on the apple TV.

Regards,
Chris

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Revel: AirDisplay.
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Florian Kuemmel

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Hi,

thank you for implementing AirPlay. I think you have to make the explanation for it more clear. I had to read your post in this thread to realize that you have to mirror the screen first and then start the AirPlay feature after that. Please make this clear for users because this is not the standard way Airplay is implenmented in iOS devices. Try the Airplay feature in Apple's own picture app to see the difference and how customers expect it to work. There they have just implemented an Airplay button. I think you can keep your way of implementing AirPlay but make it more clear.

Regards,
Florian
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Freddie

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Thanks for the answers. One negative thing I've found with this "version" of AirPlay is that when the screen times out so does Revel. Example if you watch a slideshow through Revel you have to touch the screen in order for it to continue (I know you can change this in settings but I want to have screen timeout enabled). So I still put my vote on the "original" AirPlay as mentioned in the answer above.
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I am unable to show my Revel photographs on my I-Pad to my TV. Other photos that are already loaded work great. When I try Revel it should show the same icons as Apple to make it easy. Need help how I can show my Revel Pictures.
Thanks.

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Showing Revel photos on I-Pad to TV using Apple TV..
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Hi George

I'm merging your post into an existing thread that includes help steps and screen shots. Please see the thread online to view the help, and let us know if you have any further questions.
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Yes I am also not feeling right about the "mirroring" being called an app feature - it's a system feature. People who are still on an iPhone 4 can't use this, but can do airplay if the app implements it. By this definition airplay has then been supported since v1.0 - please improve this, it's what keeps me from subscribing to revel because I still need to use a different app to show the photos on my Apple TV.
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I am extremely happy with Revel so far. I have it on two iPhone and my iPad and it works terrifically!! I just recently subscribed to Premium so I can use it as my full access to photos and videos.

I recently ran into a problem with Airplay though. Kranenburg is right in that the "airplay" in the current Revel app is not really an app feature. It relies on the ability of Apple's hardware to be able to mirror displays. I have an Apple TV and an iPhone 5s, so this shouldn't be a problem.

Except it is. Mirroring does not work for videos. The audio plays through, but the video plays on my iPhone. When I select my Apple TV as an Airplay device again, the video will somtimes play directly through airplay (not mirroring). Longer videos, like those over 15 minutes, never play at all through airplay (mirroring or otherwise).

Please fix the "airplay" feature of the Revel iOS app, as it is a hug component of having an iOS app at all.
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Jason, thanks for taking the time to mention this. It's a known issue. While awaiting improvement on our side, a work-around you can try is to temporarily disable mirroring in the iOS AirPlay settings. A shortcut for this is to double-tap the airplay button right in Revel's video player. But you will have to manually re-enable mirroring to keep browsing photos in Revel via AirPlay.

A somewhat better work-around is to throw all the photos and videos you want in a Revel album, and with AirPlay enabled, start the album slideshow playback. This will play the videos.

Sorry for the trouble, and thanks again for the post!

--Charlie

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