Creating custom slideshows for Apple TV
Ask iLounge offers readers the opportunity to get answers to their iPod-, iPhone-, iPad-, iTunes-, or Apple TV-related questions from a member of the iLounge editorial team. We'll answer several questions here each week, and of course, you can always get help with more immediate concerns from the iLounge Discussion Forums. Submit your questions for consideration using our Ask iLounge Submit Form. We reserve the right to edit questions for grammar, spelling, and length.
Q: I recently bought an Apple TV, and am loving the ability to display my photos from my Mac in my living room when friends and family come over. I was wondering, though, if there was a way to save my slideshow settings so that I can have specific music play on each slideshow like I can in iPhoto, rather than having to go back to my Apple TV settings each time. Somebody told me the Apple TV was supposed to take the settings from iPhoto (like which music is supposed to play), but mine doesn’t seem to be doing this. I’m using the latest version of iPhoto ‘08 and the Apple TV. Any suggestions?
A: Actually, this is possible, but only if you’re a Mac user with iPhoto. This is one of the features in iPhoto and on the Apple TV that is not well-documented, but the key is to create an actual slideshow in iPhoto and sync that to your Apple TV, rather than using a standard iPhoto album.
To do this, go into iPhoto and begin creating a new album as you normally would, by selecting File, New Album. However, when the New Album dialog box appears, select Slideshow from the buttons which appear at the top to create a slideshow instead of a normal iPhoto album.
Give the slideshow a name, and if you had already selected items to include in the slideshow before choosing the New Album option, be sure to check the box to include selected items in your new Slideshow.
Your new Slideshow will appear in a separate section in iPhoto below your albums.
Selecting your slideshow from the iPhoto source listing at the left-hand side will bring up an interface where you can customize your slideshow in terms of the transition effects, music, timing and so forth. Note that you can also specify individual transitions and whether the Ken Burns effect is used on a per-slide basis.
Once you’ve customized your slideshow to your liking, simply synchronize it to your Apple TV as you would for any other album—it will appear in the iTunes Photos tab for your Apple TV like any other album would.
Once synchronized, selecting your slideshow for playback on your Apple TV will immediately begin playing back the slideshow with your chosen settings from iPhoto, rather than presenting a photo browser like your standard albums do.
Note that if you have selected music for your slideshow, this music must be available when you are playing your slideshow. As long as iTunes is running on your computer when you view your slideshow, the Apple TV will be able to access the music directly from your iTunes library. Ideally, however, you should simply ensure that any music tracks or playlists you’ve selected are synchronized to the Apple TV. iTunes does not do this for you automatically, so you will need to confirm this yourself. If you’re syncing all of your music to your Apple TV, then this will not be a problem. Otherwise you will need to ensure any tracks or playlists you’ve selected for your slideshow are included in your “Selected Playlists” settings for your Apple TV.
- Will removing a credit card from Safari also remove it from Apple Pay?
- Can I mute Handoff calls coming into my Mac from my iPhone?
- How do I keep my iPhone calls from ringing on my Mac?
- Why doesn’t Traffic show up on my Today Notifications Screen?
- Why doesn’t my iPhone reconnect to Wi-Fi after I turn it on?
- Why can’t I see the iPad-style landscape view on my iPhone 6 Plus?
- Report: Apple pursuing studio agreements for early movie rentals
- Apple releases seventh beta of iOS 10.2 to developers
- Apple makes its picks for best iPhone, iPad and Apple TV apps of 2016
- Apple acknowledges Apple Music now includes ‘all the benefits of iTunes Match’
- Apple Music tops 20 million subscribers
- Apple blames ‘external factors’ for iPhone fires in China
- Rumor: 2017 iPhones won’t include glass chassis or wireless charging; will add red color
- Top Apple supplier Foxconn planning U.S. investment
- Apple enables Single Sign-On across all iOS 10 and tvOS 10 devices
- Apple releases fifth beta for tvOS 10.1 to developers
- Brydge 12.9 iPad Pro Keyboard
- Sen.se GuardPeanut
- iHome iZBT10 Zenergy Bedside Sleep Therapy Speaker
- Twelve South HiRise Duet for Apple Watch and iPhone
- IK Multimedia iLoud Micro Monitor
- JBL Under Armour Sport Wireless Heart Rate Headphones
- Edifier e235 Luna E Speaker System
- Clamcase ClamCase+ for 9.7” iPad Pro
- Scosche BoomBottle H2O+ Waterproof Wireless Speaker
- Thermos Connected Hydration Bottle with Smart Lid
- Top Five: The Best Products for Building a Smart Home with HomeKit
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of watchOS 3
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of tvOS 10
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 10
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 Photos gets Advanced Computer Vision
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 Music app delivers ‘clarity and simplicity’
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 Maps gets a major redesign
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 shakes up the user experience
- Inside the betas: watchOS 3 promises a real speed boost
- Inside the betas: A sneak peek at what’s new in tvOS 10