How to Record AirPlay Mirroring Sessions with the Reflector App

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AirPlay Mirroring Screen Recording

AirPlay Mirroring is easily one of the coolest features of iOS. Mirroring everything that happens on your iPad (or iPhone) to an HDTV or to your Mac is awesome and can also be incredibly useful for screencasts and demos.

I’ve written before about the excellent Reflector app that enables AirPlay Mirroring from the iPad or iPhone to a Mac, and selected it for our list of the Best iPad Apps of 2012.  Today I wanted to mention a very cool feature that Reflector offers: the ability to do screen recordings of your AirPlay Mirroring sessions on the Mac. As in, it will record a movie file of your AirPlay Mirroring session.

To do a screen recording with the Reflector app you just hit Command + R on the Mac keyboard or select ‘Start Recording’ from the Device menu of the app. Then hit Command + R again when you want to stop recording. It’s that easy. Reflector records video only, no audio. That’s not a problem though as it records in .mov format – so you can easily import to iMovie and add a voiceover.

This should work just as well on a Windows PC, with just a slight variation in the keyboard to start and end recording. I was only able to partially test it out as I use a Windows virtual machine on my iMac.

Happy AirPlay Mirroring recording.


Patrick Jordan

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