Make a video screen capture from your iPad or iPhone (without jailbreaking)


If you want to make an iPad tutorial or demo there is no better way than to make a video of your screen. Sadly this isn’t supported in the operating system unlike taking a screenshot. Here are the steps to creating a high quality video tutorial from your iPad.

  1. Get Reflector on your Mac or PC – This desktop application costs $12.99 and allows you to mirror your iPad or iPhone into a window on your computer desktop. You use your iPad normally but everything you do on your device is mirrored on your desktop as well. Note: for this to work ‘Bonjour’ will need to be enabled on your network. At the office I had to get special permission from my network admin but it worked fine from home.
  2. Turn on Airplay from your device – Airplay is built into devices running iOS6 or later so you won’t need another app on your device to make this work. Airplay is designed to help iOS devices talk to an Apple TV but it also works with applications like Reflector. The process for finding the Airplay icon is different depending on what version of iOS you are running. If you can’t find the Airplay icon check out step three over at this blog post.
  3. Make a screen recording – There are plenty of ways to do this from a Mac or PC. I like using Quicktime Player because it is free and comes with my Mac. Other options include Camtasia ($99 – Mac or PC), Jing (Free – Mac or PC), or even web-based solutions like Screenr (Free – Mac or PC).
  4. Edit (if desired) – Maybe you can get it all done in one take but if you’re like me you’ll need to do some editing. A simple movie editor like iMovie or Windows Movie Maker can handle the basics but check out Camtasia for features like advanced Ken Burns effect, callouts and a really simple workflow.
  5. Publish – Once your video is complete upload it to your favorite video sharing site and start spreading the word!

Still have questions? Have you used this or another method to make a video screen capture? If so let us know in the comments!

Hans Mundahl

Director of Technology Integration at New Hampton School

I've been an educator since 1995 when I first stepped into the classroom as a Fulbright exchange teacher in the former East Germany. Since then I've been an Outward Bound instructor, a teacher, tutor, admission officer, house head, evening administrator on duty and I ran the experiential learning program at New Hampton School for almost ten years. Today I focus on technology integration centered on values-driven technology integration and 1:1 iPad initiatives. Recently I had the chance to help New Hampton School become an Apple Distinguished School and I co-authored the iBook Teaching with the iPad (available on the iBookstore). Now I'm the founder of a scrappy little company (one employee!) called Hans Mundahl and Associates, inc a digital strategy consultancy for schools and non-profits. My free time is usually spent with my family but I'm also passionate about the outdoors and protecting the environment. I'm on the Board of Trustees at the Newfound Lake Region Association and when I have the chance I'm an active hiker, climber, and paddler. My writing appears on and I speak frequently at technology and education conferences.