I am planning to create some app tutorials (screencasts) using Screenflow on my Macbook

The apps are iPhone and iPad apps so I want to show the live app in the tutorial and mix in other aspects which Screenflow lets you do.

I think therefore I just need to get the iPad to stream to a Window on my macbook - then I can capture it.

I have an Apple TV and I think I read that this is the best way to do this - but not sure the exact set up - can anyone advise?

  • The Apple TV will not do this is the way that you're asking, the Apple TV is good for connecting to an actual TV or Monitor not to another Mac.
    – Maximus
    Commented Feb 9, 2015 at 17:25

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If you have an iOS 8 device with a Lightning cable (i.e. no iPhone 4S) and Yosemite, you can do this without an Apple TV.

  1. Plug in your iDevice to your Mac.
  2. Open QuickTime.
  3. Click File > New Movie Recording.
  4. Select your iDevice as the input source.

You can find these instructions online with pictures here.

  • Thanks that is really helpful , there are links there for non Yosemite too. (I need to upgrade)
    – Judy D
    Commented Feb 10, 2015 at 14:27

I use AirVideo to stream to my computers, it does have a minimal cost and works well.

  • Air Video site says it "allows you to stream video from your computer to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch" but I want to go the other direction - will it do that? inmethod.com/index.html
    – Judy D
    Commented Feb 10, 2015 at 14:06
  • Yes, download the server version for OS X and your iPhone/iPad will see your Mac as an AirPlay device to stream to.
    – Todd
    Commented Feb 10, 2015 at 14:17

You can use Reflector to do this. I do it my self. It cost 15 dollars and streams to you computer via AirPlay.

Check it out here.


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