AirPlay Mirroring is one of the coolest features on iOS. As the name suggests, it allows you to mirror your iPad screen to a nearby Apple TV or a Mac – so everything done on the iPad is shown instantly on the bigger screen.
This is a superb feature for presentations, screencasts and demos, and for entertainment and gaming.
In iOS 7 the controls for AirPlay Mirroring have moved. In iOS 6 they were found on the Multitasking Bar where you switched between recently used apps. iOS 7 now uses a card style view to show running apps and switch between them – and the controls for AirPlay Mirroring are no longer shown along with those.
Here is how you turn AirPlay Mirroring on and off in iOS 7:
– Swipe up from the bottom bezel (the black area just below the iPad dock).
– This will bring up Control Center, where you have quick access to many useful controls.
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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.
Reflection was the first Mac app to allow AirPlay Mirroring from iPad (or iPhone) to a Mac. I posted on it back in March when it launched and was quite impressed with it. Since then I’ve used the app often and it has only continued to make a great impression. It couldn’t be easier to use. Although you can adjust some settings you can also just install it, open it, and fire away with AirPlay Mirroring right away with zero configuration.
I’ve even had a chance to use it in live webinars and it has performed like a champ and never missed a beat.
The app has recently changed its name: Reflection is now Reflector. Here are its key features:
Record. Easily capture the screen of your iOS device and save it as a video file for later review.
iOS On Your Mac. View your iOS device on your Mac and continue using it while you’re mirroring.
Password Protection. Control access to your Mac by setting a password to prevent unwanted connections.
Selectable Frames. Change the color of the device frame on your screen to match the actual skin of your device.
The app sells for $14.99 for a single user license or $49.99 for a 5 seat license. It’s compatible with Macs running OS X 10.6.8 or later and Windows PCs running Windows XP or later.
You can see more detail or buy the app at the Reflector website.
If you need help with mirroring, be sure to check out my how-to post on AirPlay Mirroring from the iPad to Mac.
AirPlay Mirroring is a fantastic feature of iOS on the iPad. It lets you mirror your iPad screen, and everything that you do on it, to an Apple TV or a Mac computer. This is hugely useful when doing presentations and demos, creating screencasts or videos, or just enjoying your iPad photos or videos or games on a bigger screen.
And it’s incredibly easy to use as long as you have the right setup. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s needed and how to use AirPlay Mirroring on the iPad:
– An iPad 2 or later, running iOS 5 or later.
– If you want to mirror to Apple TV: An 2nd gen or 3rd gen Apple TV running software version 5 or later.
– If you want to mirror to a Mac: OS X Mountain Lion, a supported Mac, and an app to support mirroring.. Supported Macs are:
- iMac (Mid 2011 or newer)
- Mac mini (Mid 2011 or newer)
- MacBook Air (Mid 2011 or newer)
- MacBook Pro (Early 2011 or newer)
Two apps that enable mirroring to a Mac from an iPad are Reflector and Air Server. Both offer free trials, are available for $14.99 for a single user license, and have other licensing packages for multiple users. Both these apps also work on Windows PCs.
– A WiFi network. All devices taking part in the AirPlay Mirroring must be on the same local WiFi network.
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Here’s just a quick demo of AirPlay Mirroring – from the iPad 2 to my MacBook Pro, using the Air Server app on the Mac. Air Server has just been updated to include this functionality – so after what seemed like an eternity waiting for this to be possible, this week we suddenly have two Mac apps that offer this capability.
I posted about the first one, Reflection, a few days back. Both apps are great to have around, but Air Server has been around much longer and feels more complete right now.
This is my first effort at screencasting with Air Server and with the Screenflow app on the Mac. I’ve got lots to learn in terms of getting more polished results, but I hope to make more use of this in future to do app demos and share iPad tips via screencasts as well as written articles.
Let me know what you think about this, and don’t be too cruel with the comments – this is my first real stab at this.