On September 26, 2013, AirSquirrels released AirParrot 1.1.7 for Windows. As reported previously for AirParrot 1.1.3, AirParrot 1.1.7 is still defective on my Acer Aspire 1810T running on Windows 8.1 Preview, too. AirPlay mirroring my PC’s screen to my Apple TV 3 still stutters every time I try to AirPlay videos to my Apple TV. Up to now, I did not face any sound problems to fix.
You can change the preference settings to minimize the stuttering effect. Open ‘Preferences’ and click on settings. Increase the ‘Underscan’ to the maximum and reduce the ‘Video Quality’ and the ‘Max Frame Rate’ till you get the best compromise between video resolution and less stuttering.
Here are the release notes:
- Added a register link to the main menu during trial mode
- Updated Bonjour for better Apple TV and device discovery
- Mass deployment is now simplified with registry keys for large AirParrot rollouts
- Misc. bug fixes and improvements
Using AirParrot just for mirroring static PC’s screen (not videos) works on Windows systems. However, most customers want to AirPlay videos from the PC to the Apple TV. Hence, you have to convert your videos into Apple video formats. This is not very comfortable because it can really take a long time until the videos are converted (beside this, you need an extra app for that). A more convenient way (after you managed it to get it installed ;-)) is to use Plex and PlexConnect to stream videos from your Windows PC to your Apple TV.
Taking everything into account, I’m still convinced that the basic problem of AirParrot on Windows is that AirParrot is consuming the CPU performance too much. Maybe buffering the video before sending to the Apple TV could resolve that problem, but this need to be programmed in AirParrot.
And what are your findings? Let me know and comment!