About the legacy Airfoil Video Player app

Included as part of Airfoil 3 and Airfoil 4, Airfoil Video Player attempted to make it possible to play local video on the Mac with remote audio in sync. Unfortunately, the video capture and delay mechanism Airfoil Video Player used becoming increasingly less functional over the years, and we made the difficult decision to remove the app. It is now retired, and is no longer part of Airfoil.

Airfoil is simply not recommended for use with local video and remote audio.


If you wish to watch video on your Mac and hear the audio remotely and in sync despite the above, there are two options you can try. Neither of these are recommended nor supported by Rogue Amoeba, but they may work for you.

VLC

For local video files, you may have success using VLC. It's available from videolan.org, and it offers audio/video synchronization adjustment options.

Once you have VLC installed, follow these steps:

  1. Set VLC as your source in Airfoil's Source menu.
  2. Open your video in VLC from the File menu.
  3. Once the video is playing, set the audio delay to -2000 ms (note the minus) to make VLC's video sync with the transmitted audio. To do this, use the 'f' key on your keyboard to shift the audio delay down to -2000 ms (if you overshoot, use the 'g' key to move back).

For more information on how to use VLC itself, see the VLC support resources available on their site (http://www.videolan.org/support/).

Legacy Airfoil Video Player

A standalone version of the legacy Airfoil Video Player app is available for download from our Legacy page.

Please Note: Airfoil Video Player is entirely unsupported. It is provided for your use, but we do not offer technical assistance with it. We strongly recommend finding other solutions.

Airfoil Video Player Documentation

Below, you'll find basic documentation for using Airfoil Video Player.


Using Airfoil Video Player

Airfoil Video Player lets you play video on your Mac, while hearing the audio on your remote speakers in sync. Without Airfoil Video Player, local videos won't play in sync, so be sure to use it for your video watching in conjunction with AirPlay.

How to Use It

Select Airfoil Video Player in the Source menu at the top of Airfoil's main window. Once you click the Transmit button for your desired output(s), Airfoil Video Player will launch. With Airfoil Video Player, you can play many types of web video, as well as almost any local files, and DVDs.

Airfoil Video Player's Web Mode

Airfoil Video Player's Web Mode
Airfoil Video Player playing web video

You can play web video from sources like Hulu and Netflix, while sending audio to remote speakers. Punch the desired URL in Airfoil Video Player's URL field to pull up your video, then click play. For the best experience, we recommend setting up the video, then switching it to full-screen using the site's own on-screen controls.

Airfoil Video Player's Local Files Mode

Airfoil Video Player's Local File Mode
Airfoil Video Player playing a local file

To play a video file you have on your hard drive, just drag it into the Airfoil Video Player window, or choose Open from the File menu. Once you've got a file open, you'll see standard controls for playback, volume, and of course, full-screen playback. Full-screen is always recommended when using Airfoil Video Player.

Airfoil Video Player can play any video formats QuickTime Player supports, excluding protected iTunes Store movie files. QuickTime Player supports many different video formats by default, and it can be enhanced to support additional formats with plugins such as Flip4Mac and others.

Airfoil Video Player's DVD Mode

Airfoil Video Player's DVD Mode
Airfoil Video Player playing a DVD

To play a DVD, just click to enter DVD mode, then insert your disc. Airfoil Video Player should load the DVD automatically. Once you're playing a DVD, you'll see standard controls for playback, volume, Menu, and of course, full-screen playback. Full-screen is always recommended when using Airfoil Video Player.

What About Sending Video?

Airfoil Video Player plays video right on your Mac. It does not send video to outputs (like an Apple TV).

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