Many have benefited from the possibility to record the screen of their computer. Online instructors rely on this feature to make tutorials and share them with the world and. Those that seek information are dependent on these video tutorials in order to learn new things. And although technology has given us plenty of new devices for watching content, in terms of screen recording, things are still a bit fuzzy.
If there are plenty of tools for recording your computer’s screen, or your Android device, for iOS devices, there aren’t that many and some of them are pretty hard to set up. Today we’re taking a look at how to record your screen on a iOS device. Keep in mind that some of these techniques require jailbroken devices or other external hardware. Even so, we’re confident that everyone will find one way to record their iPhone’s or iPad’s screen.
Record your iPhone, iPad screen activity
There are a few ways to do this, but some of them might not be for everyone. Depending on how you want to record your screen and how much money you are willing to invest, you will find your solution here. We’ll start off with the harder and more expensive solution that require external hardware and special preparations in order for the user the record his iPhone’s screen. There are two obvious methods to accomplish this task:
Use an external device to record your iPhone’s screen
This can be anything from another phone to a video camera. But be careful how you place the camera as to not have a reflection off the iPhone or iPad screen. Try using a tripod to keep the camera still and also keep the iOS device in one place for the entire duration of the process. Although this method might not be too easy, it does however offer pretty good results.
Use a capture card to record your screen
Both the iPhone and the iPad offer users the possibility to add an external monitor. And this is a great way to record your screen. All you need to do is mount an external video capture card between the iOS device and the secondary screen. So, the video signal first will travel via HDMI or other interface to the capture card and from the card to the secondary screen. This will allow you to capture a video of the screen, but some capture cards are pretty expensive.
Use dedicated software
If your device is jailbroken, then you don’t have anything to worry. The simplest and easiest solution is to use the Display Recorder app available in the Cydia or iTunes store and you will be able to capture the video of your screen at the same resolution as the device has. This is no different from apps that do video capture on Android and they are very simple to use, as they work in background and you can use your iPhone or iPad normally.
Another way to record your iPhone or iPad screen is to use apps that are designed for creating presentations or for capturing specific content like web pages or similar. Keep in mind that these apps do not capture anything else than what they are designed to, so your options will be limited. They do work great if you are trying to record a presentation or make a video of certain websites. Here is a list of such apps:
- Doodlecast Pro
- ShowMe Interactive Whiteboard
- Explain Everything
- Educreations Interactive Whiteboard
Record via AirPlay
Last but not least, you can record your device’s screen via Apple’s own AirPlay. This is the simplest and probably the best way to record any iPhone or iPad screen. All you need is the Reflector app and once you have everything set up, you can see your device’s screen on your computer. From here, you can use your screencasting program of choice (like Camtasia, Microsoft Encoder or others) to record your computer’s screen. This is by far the simplest way to go and it does not require you to jailbreak your iOS device.
With these tools, you will be able to record the screen of your iPhone or iPad with ease and you will be able to create videos or app demos whenever you want. They are both simple to use and implement and they all have high quality, so your videos will look nice and crisp. Also, if you want to invest in external hardware in order to create your videos, now you know exactly what you need for iOS screencasting.