Aerial is a macOS screensaver that lets you play videos from Apple's tvOS screensaver. This includes classic Aerial videos shot over various cities and locations (New York, San Francisco, China...), Earth videos from the ISS, and the new underwater videos introduced in tvOS 13. Starting with version 2.0, Aerial also includes videos from 3rd parties that kindly shared them, and you can also now add your own!
Aerial is completely free and open source. You can follow its development here on GitHub, and even participate if you want. You don't have to be a developer, we always need help when it comes to translations in various languages, check here for more information (it's easy !).
New content for Aerial 2.2 and new features for Companion
If you've tried to install Aerial previously and experienced black screens instead of videos, version 2.2.3 and up finally fixes that longstanding issue!
After having introduced 20 extra videos in 2.0, Joshua Michaels & Hal Bergman listened to feedback and went back to work on improving them. With Aerial 2.2, you will get updated versions of those videos, many have been slowed down so they feel a lot more natural amongst the other Aerial videos, and they also have seen some optimization on video compression so they have better quality and take even less disk space ! A huge shoutout to them for their effort on this.
If you enjoy the updated videos, please consider supporting them by checking the video packs they have created especially for Aerial on their website, those too have all been updated with better compression and slower paced videos.
Aerial will now periodically refresh all the custom sources you have added. This includes the community videos and packs mentionned above, but also any other source you've added there.
For local sources, pressing the "Refresh now" button will make Aerial rescan your folder and pick-up any new video that's been added.
Aerial Companion 1.2 (the app that installs/keep Aerial up to date) now includes a new cool feature, fullscreen mode ! If you have a multi monitor setup, you can now launch Aerial on just one screen while you keep working on the other.
This is still a bit experimental so feel free to read this post for more information about it if you are interested!
Aerial Companion now sports a new icon thanks to Inferno Design. It's monochrome and feel right at home on macOS Big Sur! And yes, in case you missed it, both Aerial and Companion are natively compiled for ARM macs, and thanks to the great improvement on video decoding on the M1, Aerial runs extremely efficiently on those!
Aerial is free and open-source. It was started in 2015 by John Coates
Since version 1.4, it's maintained by Guillaume Louel.