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Tiny Tip – Screen Record Apple TV

Apple TV selected as camera input to QuickTimeI posted a Tiny Tip recently about how to put your Apple TV and all connected components to sleep with one button press on the Apple TV remote. In the post, I included a screenshot of the Apple TV screen. You might be wondering how I captured it.

The other day I launched QuickTime with my iPhone attached via USB in preparation to make a recording of the screen for my latest ScreenCasts Online video. In QuickTime, you can choose New Movie Recording, and then next to the little record button you’ll see a downward chevron which will show you the available video sources. You can select the iPhone and then it becomes a video source to other applications, such as ScreenFlow.

But when I went into QuickTime’s settings, I noticed that my Apple TVs were in the list of video sources. This had to be tested!
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Tiny Tip – Keyboard Shortcut to Delete in Save Dialog Boxes

Save is defaultIf you’re a keyboard junkie, it bet it drives you nuts that when you try to close a window in which you don’t want to save the file, you have to drag your cursor all the way up to the save window to hit the delete button. You can save with the Enter key, but what if you don’t want to save?

When the save window comes up, hit ⌘-Delete on your keyboard and you will successfully delete the unsaved file!

Maybe you knew this one already but it’s new to me, and it makes me unbelievable happy.

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Tiny Tip – Home Button Can Sleep Apple TV and TV/Receiver

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A few weeks ago I was listening to the Clockwise Podcast and Mikah Sargent briefly mentioned something about the sleep button on the Apple TV remote. I couldn’t get it out of my head wondering what he was talking about. I figured out that what he’d mentioned was actually something pretty amazing.

If you hold down the TV/Home button for a full second on the Siri remote (the black one that comes with more recent models of Apple TV, it will pop up on screen an option to put the Apple TV to sleep. That’s not the cool part.

Clicking on this sleep option will also turn off any connected devices. In our house, this sleep option turns off our big TV and the audio/visual receiver to which it’s connected! I tested it on a different TV with a different A/V receiver and it worked there too. I can’t swear this will work for your setup but give it a try.

We watch most things on our Apple TV these days so it’s an absolute delight to be able to shut down all of our components with the little remote that’s already in my hand.

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