Screen Sharing in Virtual Desktop.


I've been thinking of purchasing a MacBook and wanted to know is it possible to have one virtual desktop screen sharing a movie or catchup TV to Apple TV while working in another virtual desktop on another application such as the internet ?
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Eoin OSullivanConsultantCommented:
Not sure what you mean by "Virtual Desktop".

On OSX you can have multiple working screens or "spaces" and can switch between them with keypad or finger gestures.  You can have several spaces setup with a video plare on one, web browser on another and email client etc. etc. and flick betwen them.

Your main limititaion will be on the performance and RAM on the MacBook so get as much RAM as you can afford for best performance.

Read more on "Spaces" and "Mission Control" on OSX.
David AndersTechnician Commented:
Airplay allows streaming to TV or Apple TV using Safari or Quicktime Player

It is just an app running, depending on RAM, you could have Firefox and Chrome running at the same time.
Browsers are memory hogs, 4gb is minimal, 8gb adequate, 16gb preferred.

Chromecast can stream from browser to TV.
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If what you want to do is to play a video via AppleTV using Airplay from your Mac and still do work on the Mac, or read your e-mails in a separate screen, the answer is yes. I am typing this message on my Mac while a YouTube video is playing full screen from the same MacBook Pro on my TV via Airplay to AppleTv.

The trick is to go into Displays in your Network Preferences and uncheck Mirror Displays under Arrangements.

Start your YouTube or other video, grab the title bar and drag it to the right off sreen, onto the second screen which is used by AppleTv Then click on the full screen icon.

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