With AirPlay and the help of the Mac app AirServer, you can bring your iPad or iPhone’s screen to your Mac. You can then capture the screen using your favorite video capture software. This new method replaces the old method of using expensive HDMI cables and capture hardware.
Hi, this is Gary, with MacMost Now. In today’s episode, let me show you how to capture the screen of your iPad on your Mac, without any special cables or hardware. So back in episode 546, I showed you how to use Apple’s HDMI adapter, bring it through a cable, into an HDMI capture card, and capture the screen of your iPad, or your iPhone, on your Mac. Well, now there’s an easier technique, thanks to the ability for the new iPad and iPhone to share using Airplay and an app that you have to get for your Mac. So the app you need on your Mac is called AirServer. You get it at airserverapp.com. It’s not free, you can get it for $15 for your Mac. But it’s a lot cheaper than even the cables you need to do it with the hardware method. Now when I run AirServer, I get it up here as an icon on my Menu bar, and I can change things. Go to preferences and such, or set it to launch on startup. To initiate it, I go back to my iPad here, and I use Airplay by going to the bottom Menu bar here, I’ll show you in a second. I can select, in addition to seeing my Apple TV here as an Airplay device, I can select my Mac. Then, you can see it appear here on my Mac. It appears in a window; you see what I just did, this is my iPad screen on my Mac. I selected at the bottom bar here in the controls, Airplay, and then I selected my Mac here as the Airplay device, and had Mirroring turned on. So, now on my Ipad here, you can see everything that I do. The AirServer window here appears as a regular window; I can resize it as I want, I can bring up some post-processing controls, like this. Sharpen, brightness controls, and move that around. So for instance, adjust the brightness there. I can also go fullscreen, like that. As you can see, of course, I can easily use this as a way to record the screen here, because all I need to do on top of this is use screen recording software, like I am for making this video, and record my Mac’s screen, and I get everything that’s being shown on my iPad. So this can be very useful if you’re showing something on your Mac, say you’re presenting and you want to show something on your iPad, you don’t have to switch, you can just use this app. If you want to record something, like say if you’re an app developer or a tutorial maker, and you want to record things going on on your iPad, you can use this, then any screen-recording software will capture what’s going on on your screen then, and you can create a recording of what’s going on on your iPad with no additional cables, just this piece of software. Of course, you need an iPad; the iPad 2 or the new iPad, or you can do this using the iPhone 4S, all which have capability to do Airplay streaming to video. If you can do it to an Apple TV, then you can do it to AirServer, and use AirServer to see and record your iPad screen. So I hope you found this useful. Until next time, this is Gary, with MacMost Now.