AirPlay + Apple TV + the Library Video Series is a total homerun. Just do it.

by George on December 1, 2010

What is the very best possible way to view my Lightroom Library Video Tutorials? Hands-down, bar-none, it’s absolutely, positively gotta be sitting on your couch in the comfort of your living room, with your iPad in your hand (or a cocktail :-), watching them streaming to your very own television.

I’ve had a Mac Mini here at home connected to my HDTV now for a couple of years. It’s easy to do, and it makes a pretty decent way to watch internet content on your TV. This is especially nice when it’s a TV show, or a movie, or something that you actually want to sit back and watch, rather than sitting up at your work desk, watching on your computer.

But somehow the computer display conversion from DVI -> HDMI onto your television is just not quite right. The picture is not quite sharp, the audio is different, and always having to reach for the keyboard and mouse just doesn’t make it.

You can solve all this for just $99 with Apple’s new version of the Apple TV, which is a complete no-brainer. You just plug it in, connect it to your wireless network and your television with an HDMI cable, turn on Home Sharing in iTunes, and voilà! The high resolution iPad versions of my tutorials are then perfectly scaled up to 720p on your HDTV. They never looked better.

And no, having an iPad is not required. You can stream the tutorials to an Apple TV directly from your computer running iTunes 10.1. If you do have an iPad, even better. Because when you stream the videos from your iPad, you get the added bonus of using your iPad as the video controller. Plus, the setup is even easier than streaming from iTunes, because it does not require activating Home Sharing. Cool!

If you’ve already purchased the Library series, just e-mail me at, and I’ll send you the links to the new iPad versions. If you have not yet purchased, check out the series details and free sample movie on Library Tutorials nav tab at the top of this page, or just click here for the details.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Barbara Goodwin July 7, 2011 at 12:21 PM

Great lessons, George. Can I download to watch on my laptop that is not connected to my desktop?


George July 7, 2011 at 12:50 PM

Yes, of course! Links are in the mail. :-)

Joe D'Agostino October 20, 2011 at 6:52 PM

Great job, George! I’m really enjoying the Develop tutorial series (the only one I’ve purchased so far), and I return to it often to review the lessons. I would like to download it to my PC. Can you send me the link to the download? Thanks!


Bill Tucker March 28, 2012 at 9:41 AM

First the ground rules for George Jardine’s Library series for seasoned pros to rookies. Listen to this series (the new Ipad is a nice way) and you will know your Lightroom 4 Library inside and out. This is far and away the best teaching tutorial on the market. The Library 4 series is clear, concise and extremely well thought out.

However, there is a certain something that sets George’s Lightroom 4 series as well as the rest of George’s other tutorials apart from what is being done elsewhere in the marketplace. George gives you his reasoning of WHY he does things. He explains the why and backs it up with clear minded rationale that makes you understand the developers original intentions and how program is meant to work. It is his “rationale” which is so important to the learning process. Every procedure, tool and strategy that make him simply brilliant and a joy to listen to. So if your intent is to learn Lightroom 4 and become proficient this is the absolute best. Kudos to George for taking the time and thoughtfulness to make this tutorial the standard to which all other tutorials will be judged-great job again!


Rex October 9, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Will downloaded tutorials work on an Android device (specifically Google Nexus)?


George October 9, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Yes! All you have to do for android is change the .m4v extension to .mp4.

Hope that helps!

Sue March 16, 2013 at 3:21 AM

Hi George

Have watch your videos on Lightroom and think you present them in depth and great care. Well done. I like them so much that I have purchased some.

No where on the web is there an in-depth tutorial on using the Color picker/ color swatch/ eyedropper tool in Lightroom 4. It seems very easy – but it is not especially when it comes to colors such as grey, blacks and whites and general toning that is not bright.

It will be very much appreciated by people like me who is not very savvy with Lightroom and need greater explanation.

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