Mirroring Iphone Video Camera to Mac

FyerFyer

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Hi guys

Ive just bought a GorillaPod to do some basic filming with my iPhone.
As the GorillaPod can be wrapped around higher structures rather than me climbing up something, I can get some nice video shots.
However it would be really cool if I could somehow see this video recording on my Mac as it recording or just to shape up the right shot on a bigger screen.

Im sure there would be a way to do this e.g mirroring the iPhone screen, however Im just not sure how to go about it, any ideas?

Thanks guys

edit: wirelessly if possible
 
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cruisin

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AirServer will work wirelessly. With a good WiFi connection you can easily get 60 fps (I seem to use 21 Mbps or so for the 1080p screen on my phone during motion and less during static screens, with almost nothing if a static image is shown). You can get the trial and see if it works for you.

It uses an existing WiFi network that both are connected to (it pretends to be an Apple TV with the name of your Mac). You might need to make a hotspot on your phone first if you are beyond a WiFi network and tether your Mac, but it shouldn’t use your data as it is a local point to point connection.

Testing the hotspot option doesn't seem to use any noticeable amount of data for mirroring the screen, but your Mac might decide to download updates (ask me how I know) or upload to DropBox so it might use your data anyway. Your results may vary, so if you live in a place where data is expensive make sure to shut down anything that uses internet on you Mac first or just use this for framing the shot.

In either case this will drain battery faster on the phone, so for longer shots you might run out of battery or overheat.
 

FyerFyer

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Dec 14, 2015
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AirServer will work wirelessly. With a good WiFi connection you can easily get 60 fps (I seem to use 21 Mbps or so for the 1080p screen on my phone during motion and less during static screens, with almost nothing if a static image is shown). You can get the trial and see if it works for you.

It uses an existing WiFi network that both are connected to (it pretends to be an Apple TV with the name of your Mac). You might need to make a hotspot on your phone first if you are beyond a WiFi network and tether your Mac, but it shouldn’t use your data as it is a local point to point connection.

Testing the hotspot option doesn't seem to use any noticeable amount of data for mirroring the screen, but your Mac might decide to download updates (ask me how I know) or upload to DropBox so it might use your data anyway. Your results may vary, so if you live in a place where data is expensive make sure to shut down anything that uses internet on you Mac first or just use this for framing the shot.

In either case this will drain battery faster on the phone, so for longer shots you might run out of battery or overheat.
Thanks buddy

Thing is if we are out and about we probably won’t have wireless.

I’m looking at a super long data cable at the mo, apparent a way to do it through QuickTime.
 

cruisin

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Thanks buddy

Thing is if we are out and about we probably won’t have wireless.

I’m looking at a super long data cable at the mo, apparent a way to do it through QuickTime.
If you use the hotspot option, you make your own wireless. Looking a bit more into it you can get your Mac to create a network (wireless icon by clock has a create network option) and it also works. This way prevents internet usage on the Mac unless you are connected to a second network at the same time.

If you want to use a wire, you will likely run into length limitations past 3m or 10ft (USB limitations). You might need to look into active USB cables, but those only boost signal and not power for long cables (so no charging or slow charging). In Quicktime you start a new movie recording and choose the phone as the source.
 
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FyerFyer

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If you use the hotspot option, you make your own wireless. Looking a bit more into it you can get your Mac to create a network (wireless icon by clock has a create network option) and it also works. This way prevents internet usage on the Mac unless you are connected to a second network at the same time.

If you want to use a wire, you will likely run into length limitations past 3m or 10ft (USB limitations). You might need to look into active USB cables, but those only boost signal and not power for long cables (so no charging or slow charging). In Quicktime you start a new movie recording and choose the phone as the source.
Thanks!

Im hoping 3m would be enough but in all honesty that is actually quite short come to think about it.

Ill have a look into the hotspot option