Update: This technique also now works with the iPhone 4S.
Update: See episode 702 for a new method of doing this.
Learn how I capture the iPad 2’s screen to use in presentations and video podcasts. You must use the iPad 2 plus the HDMi adapter. Then bring the HDMI in to your Mac or recording device using special hardware and software.
Hi this is Gary with MacMost.
Now in today’s episode I am going to show you how to record the screen of the iPad.
So I’ve been asked this question a lot, ‘How do I record the screen of the iPad for an episode of the show?’
Well originally with the iPad One, there was no way to record directly from the iPad into a video. You basically had to point a camera at the screen, turn off all the lights, focus the camera perfectly on the iPad, and then you can see my finger moving around on the screen as I navigated through different things on the iPad to demonstrate something.
But with the iPad Two, there is a better way and this only works with the iPad 2. You need to get this adapter cable, which is from Apple and is their digital av cable. It basically takes the dock on the one end of the iPad and gives you an HGMI output.
Now the video output from the iPad 2 shows exactly what is on the screen, it mirrors it with a couple of exceptions. One is, for instance, when you are showing a video, it will then show the video full screen and not mirror what is going on on the iPad. Same thing if you were doing a presentation in Keynote and there are probably other apps that have a presentation mode to the video output. It takes away the mirroring and replaces it with that presentation. But for most purposes you see exactly what’s on the screen.
Now typically you would then go from here to a television or projector and show what you are doing on the iPad on a large screen. But there are devices that can take HGMI as an input and you can record what is going on. So on my MacPro, I happen to have the Matrox MX02 mini card which has a breakout box, and it’s what I used to record this video right here. I have a camera going out thru HDMI into that box but instead of having a camera go into that box I can have the iPad 2 with this adapter go directly into it. Then I have to use a video recording program to record the video coming into the mac.
I’ve been using Boinx TV, seems to work better and record a better image than wire cast which is what I used to record this. Though I am sure software updates and things will change in the future and there are other programs you can use to record the video as well.
Now it’s not perfect yet. From the iPad, you can either get 720 P HDMI or 1080 P HD. Yet the Matrox card and also the black magic card only allow input up to 1080 I. So I can’t get the full 1080 P input. I have to settle for 720 P. So perhaps in the future there will be better alternatives perhaps using the thunderbolt port.
Now an alternative to the Matrox card is the black magic card and this gives you an HGMI input into your Mac, it’s a simpler solution and seems to have about the same features but I haven’t been able to try it.
Alternatively you can use any device that records HDMI so perhaps there are some tape decks and cameras out there that will take HDMI input and record it but I haven’t tested any of those out.
Now there are other adapters for the iPad 2, the output to VGA Adapter. That one will do the same as HGMI and will show exactly what’s on the screen. So if you have a way to record VGA into some device you can use that. However the component out and the standard video out adapter, those will not mirror what is on the iPad and will only show presentation and videos as they would of on the iPad 1.
So there are the basics. iPad 2 standard HDMI cable into a card like the Matrox MX02 and then record it with software on your Mac. And that’s how we record what’s going on in the iPad screen.
Till next time this is Gary with MacMost Now.