Airplay capture for iOS devices

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In the upcoming iOS 5 update, Apple is supposedly implementing Airplay support for screen mirroring. This can be a great opportunity for TechSmith to develop a Windows / Mac Airplay Client and integrate it into Camtasia Recorder. This will allow us to very easily capture footage from any iOS device. Then, just add some device picture overlays to the default library and anyone will be able to create amazing tutorials for iOS applications.

The current process for doing all of this is a bit convoluted, so I started documenting it on my blog at http://demofox.wordpress.com. But I really think this could be a terrific addition to an already terrific product.
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Doug Troxell, Senior Software Engineer, Snagit:Mac

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Based upon what I've seen. Airplay is not "screen mirroring" per se, but rather content (movies, still images, mp3) streaming. (NOTE: I'd be thrilled if I'm wrong.)

The root problem is that iOS does not provide a way for applications to capture the entire screen, specifically when that screen "belongs" to another application.

Below is a link where apple describes airplay. (notice they only talk about streaming content: not the iPad screen and UI - in fact they point out that you can do "other" things while its streaming)

http://www.apple.com/ios/#video-incom...

So, alas I'm afraid AirPlay isn't going to do what you want. We must continue relying on video out...
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You are correct regarding the current features of iOS 4.x, but iOS 5 will introduce Airplay support for screen mirroring as described here: http://www.apple.com/ios/ios5/feature... (towards the bottom of the page). The iOS 5 update should be available within a month or so...
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Apparently iOS 5 will enable system-wide Airplay, so that ALL content on-screen can be streamed to an Airplay receiver such as a 2nd Generation Apple TV. I haven't seen any documentation about whether Apple will approve an Airplay receiver for the Mac App Store but there is existing Mac software that implements Airplay reception.

It will be great to see what happens when iOS 5 actually ships.
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Doug Troxell, Senior Software Engineer, Snagit:Mac

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Hum.... time to install a beta of iOS5.
(thanks for the nudge)

;-)
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Once you're up and running with iOS5, take a look at AirStream Media Player: http://code.google.com/p/airstream-me...

Looks like a very simple AP client implementation... like the one we really want to see integrated into Camtasia Recorder. Hint hint nudge nudge.
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There are a couple of other programs currently available that implement Airplay reception for the Mac. Understand that with iOS 5 still in beta, access is restricted to developers under NDA so we cannot publicly discuss its features beyond what Apple has posted on their website. This is certainly something we are all interested in, though!
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Excellent. Can't wait to see what you guys come up with.
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Doug Troxell, Senior Software Engineer, Snagit:Mac

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To be clear, this is more of a "hobbyist" investigation at this point. Don't hold your breath. ;-)
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Any word on this?
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Last we've been able to determine, it would against their licensing to reverse engineer how airplay works in order to display it on your screen for recording :(
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yep, that's pretty much the only method for now. At least you don't need premiere pro; you can do the audio recording and compositing in Camtasia, and even add the device frame to show it on an iPad using our new "Framing Effects" in 2.0 ;)