We’ve started using the iPad to stream movies to the AppleTV so that we can watch them on the big screen.
It’s one thing to stream a show we’ve bought from the iTunes store or a clip off YouTube. Those are very straightforward.
But what about other (third party) video files?
(1) If you have a DropBox account (and time), you can upload the video file (acceptable file types without additional software: .m4v, .mp4, and .mov).
Open DropBox on the iPad, click on the video, then trigger AirPlay and select AppleTV.
Connect your iPad to your computer using the USB port. In iTunes, select “Apps”. Scroll down to “File Sharing” and select GoodReader. You can now drag and drop the video file into the “GoodReader Documents” pane.
Open GoodReader on the iPad, click on the video, then trigger AirPlay and select AppleTV.
Of course, if you want to watch a video on a plane, just put your headphones on and enjoy!