Recording Video from iPhone

Finally, a decent solution for recording video from iPhone, one that is both perfect and free.  Apple has an awesome (yet hidden) feature with Yosemite + iOS 8: QuickTime recording via your Lightening cable.

Follow the steps (copied below after the jump). You can also use it to present an iOS demo (follow the steps, but don’t tap ‘record’, and then present/cast your screen in the usual way).  They even set the clock to 9:41 ;-)

For App Previews, to edit and crop the video, use iMovie, (File -> “New App Preview”, File -> Share -> App Preview…).  While quicktime has edit controls, it can’t export at the resolution needed.

To resize for iPhone 6 Plus (and avoid making another video), use ffmpeg:

ffmpeg -i iphone6.mp4 -s 1080x1920 -aspect 1080:1920 -c:a copy iphone6_plus.mp4


  • iPhone/ iPad running iOS8 (Lightning port ONLY)
  • Mac running OS X 10.10 Yosemite

How to Record iPhone/iPad Screen on OS X Yosemite

  1. Connect the iPhone/iPad to Mac via USB
  2. Open the QuickTime Player on the Mac
  3. Select File > New Movie Recording

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  1. Quicktime will default select iSight camera, click on the arrow alongside the record button to select the iPhone/iPad.
  2. Click on the record button to record the iPhone/iPad Screen

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