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VLC+Airplay+AppleTV = audio but no video
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Thorzdad
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May 2, 2020, 08:25 AM
 
Last night, I tried to play an .mkv file* using VLC on my iPad via Airplay through an AppleTV. I could only get the audio to show up on my tv. No video. It was playing just fine on the iPad. I rummaged through all the VLC settings, but couldn't find anything relevant to the problem. I wandered over to the VideoLan forums, and it seems I'm not the only one experiencing this problem.

Any guesses why VLC only got the audio out over Airplay


* The .mkv was stored locally on the iPad. So, no networking/server voodoo was involved.
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May 2, 2020, 03:06 PM
 
There's no reason why it shouldn't just work.

I have some some flukiness with iOS and Airplay, sometimes re-starting both the iOS device and the ATV helped.
Have you tried that ?

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May 2, 2020, 03:26 PM
 
Yeah. Didn’t help.
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May 2, 2020, 03:28 PM
 
I wonder if it's some issue with the encoding.
Perhaps local playback is able to "recover" or work around it, but streaming is not.

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May 2, 2020, 04:14 PM
 
Try playing some other files.

If smaller .mkv file works, it might be a wifi bandwidth issue. Not enough capacity for the video stream.
if same-size .mov file works, it's Apple being stupid about .mkv files.
If a different player app works, it's a VLC bug or setting issue.
     
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May 4, 2020, 08:17 AM
 
I don't have another .mkv or a .mov of the same size to test, unfortunately. It was really just a one-off try, anyway. We streamed Amazon Prime all night last night without a hitch. I'm going to guess it's a VLC thing.
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