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OS X Yosemite Enables Lightning Video Capture of iOS 8 Devices

by Mark KwanNovember 20, 2014

For those who want to capture video from an iOS device, especially people who make gaming videos, the current method of choice is to either use an external video camera aimed at the device’s display, Apple’s HDMI cable attached to a dedicated capture device, or a third-party Wi-Fi solution such as Reflector that can capture an AirPlay stream of a mirrored screen.

With Apple’s new OS X Yosemite, Apple has kindly added a new feature within QuickTime to able to simply record any iOS8 device plugged into your Mac. Below we show you step by step just how to capture you iOS devices screen.

Step 1:

First things first is the equipment. You need an iOS device that’s running iOS 8. And it needs to be a recent gizmo – this iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, 6 Plus, iPad Air, Air 2, iPad mini, mini with Retina Display, mini 3, but an iPad 2 and 3 with Retina Display that has 30 pin connector will refuse to work.

You also need a Mac that’s running OS X Yosemite. And you need a Lightning cable, which you get in the box with your iOS device. Plug that into your Mac and open QuickTime.

Step 2:

With QuickTime open, go to the menu bar and under file choose new movie recording. This will open a video window, and probably turn on your front-facing camera so prepare yourself for seeing your own ugly mug.

Step 3:

Click on the little arrow next to the recording button and choose your iOS device for both the camera and the microphone. This will record the game’s audio, too.

If you don’t see your device in the list you’ve either done something horribly wrong or your iOS contraption is not compatible with this set up.

Step 4:

Your screen will now appear on your Mac display. Hit record when you’re ready to go, and stop when you’re finished. The file sizes can get pretty massive so you may wish to choose ‘High’ quality, or compress your video before upload.

Just note, if you are one who makes gaming videos for YouTube and want to record both yourself talking and you iOS devices audio simultaneously. You will need to record your voice/microphone with a separate app, such as Apple’s own GarageBand. Then bring in the recording of your iOS device and the audio track of yourself talking into some sort of video editing software like iMovie and sync your aduio to the recoded video.

About The Author
Mark Kwan
Some people may call me a geek which I take no offense to. Being a tech enthusiast at a young age, I am a blogger, graphic & website designer, YouTube video maker, and most of all a total tech enthusiast. At such a young age I am totally obsessed with blogging, developing web-sites using CSS, HTML, xhtml, WordPress, and making money online. Not only do I like creating websites I also like using Adobe Photoshop to create graphic designs which are incorporated in my websites. But most people know me from watching my YouTube videos that I film and edit for my YouTube page which include tech tutorials, reviews, unboxings, and anything else related to tech. I have been doing graphic & website design for many years, learning the trade from his older brother. Whom owns his own graphic & website design company.

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