Best Tips for Recording Video on iPad and iPhone

Last updated on June 1, 2017 by JoKelly

capture video on ipadIn recent years, tablets have grown in popularity significantly and it seems as though a large proportion of society has an iPad. Whether it’s for games, reading the news, watching films, an iPad presents the perfect size as a laptop is too big to carry around whilst the screen on smartphones can be too small. As a result of this, there are now more people looking to record their screen than ever before. Again, this can be to record gameplay or even a tutorial so let’s take a look.

Quick Time Player ( Mac only)

quicktime recorder

Although we go searching for all sorts of new programs to record the screen, one of the classics is still the best in QuickTime Player. With OS 8 and OS X Yosemite, you can use a Lightning cable without having to use a third-party app or jailbreaking your device. Instead, you do the following:

  • – Using the Lightning cable, connect your iPhone or iPad to your Mac. Then, open up QuickTime Player and start a new video.
  • – You will notice that a registration window appears so simply click the small arrow found next to ‘record’ and you will be able to change between iPhone and iPad.
  • – After this, you can choose what microphone you wish to use and even if you want the music and sound effects to save.
  • – Finally, click on the record button to get started.
  • – When finished, click on the ‘stop’ button.



reflector for mac

Immediately, it should be noted that Reflector 2 is currently valued at $15 but the investment will be worth it if you’re planning on using it often. With Reflector, you will not need your cable but will need to connect the two via the same Wi-Fi network. Using ‘AirPlay’, you will be able to mirror your iPad onto the computer screen and then record to your heart’s content.

When it comes to quality, Reflector can record in 60 frames per second and can even record multiple devices all at the same time. However, it does restrict slightly in that you cannot record as high a quality as you will find with Quicktime Player. With the latter, you can go all the way up to 1080 x 1920.



For the console players, Elgato is a recognisable name because they have a device that records the TV screen when playing the various gaming consoles. However, it can also be used to record an iPad using an HDMI adapter, HDMI cable, Elgato capture device and your iPad. Although this is a more expensive process than the other two, it does record in high-quality and is perhaps more reliable than some other options.

So there we have three brilliant tools for recording your iPad screen; as time moves forward, we are certain to see more companies enter the market but these are three of the best currently.


JoKelly is a dedicated writer for AceThinker and has years of experience in reviewing software, the digital world and much more. She likes to evaluate multiple solutions for specific needs and she contributes to articles regarding She contributes to articles regarding mobile screencast tips. Last updated on June 1, 2017

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