MacMost Now 702: iPad Video Screen Capture With AirServer

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.

Comments: 12 Responses to “MacMost Now 702: iPad Video Screen Capture With AirServer”

    Claude Coiffard
    12 years ago

    I watched your video and downloaded Airserver on my iMac, and activated it.
    It is now in my Applications, but I cannot open it when clicking on the icon.
    How do I proceed to capture screens of my new iPad or iPhone 3Gs updated to IOS5?
    Tks your help. Kind regards.

      12 years ago

      Check their web site and support for details. But I think you might be misunderstanding how it works. You have to go to your iPad/iPhone to start AirPlay, then select your Mac as the device. You can't initiate AirPlay from the receiving device (your Mac), you have to initiate it from the sending device (iPad/iPhone). Same for anything AirPlay (Apple TV, etc).

    12 years ago

    Can you also use this with iphone?

      12 years ago

      Yes. Must be iPhone 4S (the only model capable of AirPlay mirroring).

    Kristine Jones
    12 years ago

    Hi Gary.

    This video was very helpful. I downloaded Airserver and can play my videos and photos on my Mac, but my AirPlay on my iPad2 doesn't offer the mirroring option when I open AirPlay on the iPad. The Mac device can be chosen, but nothing is there when I scroll down. I am trying to screencast an app for a client. Any ideas?


      12 years ago

      I can't remember if the iPad 2 supported mirroring. It might be the new iPad only. But to be sure, make sure the iPad 2 is using the very latest version of iOS.

    Frederick Weber
    12 years ago

    Hi Gary

    Dude, thanks for all your great stuff! Being a Mac guy from 128 days, I even find we all don't know it all but together we learn and share!

    I use Snapz Pro to capture video from my IOS devices using AirServer.

    I am very happy with that.

    You mentioned a Black-Magic video box back a while. Have you seen all the great video stuff they make? Check out the BlackMagic Cinema Camera...

    How about a review of capturing video from that bad-boy?


    Dave Irwin
    12 years ago

    This is probably heresy, but is it possible to record iOS devices onto a Windows PC without the need to jailbreak the device? I'm aware that AirServer doesn't have the mirroring feature for Windows yet...

      12 years ago

      Well, you could get a PC with HDMI recoding capability and then use the HDMI cable from your iOS device to your PC. Or, see if some other company has come out with a Windows-based AirPlay solution.

    Captain Photo
    12 years ago

    Gary this post was SO helpful and is exactly the information I've been looking for. Making tutorials for iPhone & iPad photo processing apps will now be possible for me and so easily using Airplay and Screenflow! To really pimp out my tutorials it would be great to be able have a way of showing, on the captured Screenflow video, where my fingers move on the iPhone or iPad too.... have you any advice on getting that going too?

      12 years ago

      You could use Screenflow's editing tools to do that (draw circles, arrows, etc). Or, you could just use your cursor -- move your cursor over the AirServer image to copy what your fingers are doing.

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