Record iOS footage to Mac

Get footage from your iPhone or iPad on to your Mac with Quick­Time

Mac Format - - IMPROVE | IOS -

Record­ing footage from iOS de­vices has pre­vi­ously been some­thing of a kludge, re­quir­ing be­spoke (and quite ex­pen­sive) hard­ware, jail­break­ing, or the help of a third-party util­ity that en­ables you to Air­Play to your Mac. No longer. If you’re run­ning the lat­est op­er­at­ing sys­tems on all your kit – iOS 8 for your iPhone or iPad and OS X Yosemite on your Mac – you can now record di­rectly from your de­vice to your Mac us­ing Quick­Time Player.

You might es­pe­cially want to do this if you’re a de­vel­oper. If you’re about to re­lease an app or game, it pays to take ad­van­tage of the App Store’s video pre­views, and also to put game­play footage/app walk­throughs on your own web­site and YouTube.

Use­fully, Ap­ple helps you by adding a touch of ex­tra pol­ish: the Quick­Time Player record­ings strip any per­son­alised data from your sta­tus bar, re­plac­ing them with ‘generic’ de­tails; so rather than your car­rier and clock set­tings, you get a sta­tus bar with full cel­lu­lar re­cep­tion and a full bat­tery, show­ing 9:41 AM on the clock (ref­er­enc­ing the time seen on de­vices used dur­ing the demos in Ap­ple events).

But even if you’re not a de­vel­oper, this func­tion­al­ity can still be use­ful. If you want to show off your skills in a game (such as the ex­cel­lent Helix, which fea­tures in the walk­through), you can do so. And if an app is mis­be­hav­ing, you can pro­vide a de­vel­oper with a video that shows what’s go­ing on, rather than just a few stills. Craig Gran­nell

Us­ing OS X Yosemite and iOS 8, you can now record iOS footage to your Mac us­ing Quick­Time Player.

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