How to Record AirPlay Mirroring Sessions with the Reflector App

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.

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Reflection App Brings AirPlay Mirroring from iPad to Windows PCs

iPad AirPlay Mirroring to Windows PC

Update: The app I talk about below is as good as ever, in fact better thanks to recent updates – but its name has changed. It is now called Reflector and you can find it here:

If you’ve been waiting for a way to do AirPlay Mirroring from your iPad (or iPhone) to a Windows PC, then your wait is now over. Reflection App, which I posted about back in early March when it was Mac only, has released a Windows version.

AirPlay Mirroring, as the name implies, lets you mirror everything you do on your iPad to your PC screen, wirelessly. It’s a superb way to do demos and show an audience everything you are doing on an iPad.

I’ve used Reflection and Air Server for doing demos and screencasts, and both are very good apps.

This new Windows version of Reflection supports the iPad 2 and later, and the iPhone 4S. It’s priced at $19.99 or $59.99 for a 5-person license. You can download a trial version of the Windows app, which is time-limited – you can’t have a connection longer than 10 minutes with the trial version.

I gave the trial version a try on my Windows 7 virtual machine on my MacBook Pro but couldn’t get mirroring going even though the iPad and PC saw each other. I imagine this is due to having a virtual machine in the mix.

For more details, trial download and to purchase the app, visit the Reflection app site.

I spotted this news via Erica Sadun’s post at TUAW.

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Reflection App Brings AirPlay Mirroring to the Mac

Reflection AirPlay Mirroring


Update: The app I talk about below is as good as ever, in fact better thanks to recent updates – but its name has changed. It is now called Reflector and you can find it here:


That’s the one word message I sent to a friend last night when I first got a look at Reflection for the Mac last night. Reflection does one thing – just one little thing that I feel like I’ve been waiting forever for. It brings AirPlay Mirroring to the Mac.

With this long-awaited app you can mirror your iPad 2 (or iPhone 4S) screen to any Mac running OS X 10.6 or later, wirelessly.

For anyone who doesn’t have an Apple TV this provides a great way to watch movies, TV shows, or videos from your iPad 2 on a bigger screen. For me, there’s that and also there’s a great opportunity for doing screencasts and demos as part of reviews. I’m going to be experimenting with that very soon.

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