Reflection

  • Posted by Frank Lowney
  • March 2, 2012 10:06 AM PST
  • 4 comments
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A new MacOS X application called "Reflection" enables educators to wirelessly project iOS screens as well as record (screencast) them.

Having struggled to find cost-effective ways to project and record the iOS (iPad, iPhone and iPod touch) screen, I was delighted  to discover Reflection.  

This is a MacOS X app that receives the mirrored image of an iPad screen via AirPlay.  That, of course, is wireless so the peripatetic teacher can move freely throughout the classroom while mirroring their iOS screen to a big screen in that classroom via a MacOS X computer. 

As well, one can use screencasting software to capture the iOS screen that presents  itself on a MacOS X screen.  I did a quick demo of the work one can do with Reflection here.  I used ScreenFlow from Telestream but QuickTime Player will capture the screen at zero cost.

The challenge that remains is to be able to represent touch gestures.  This is not possible at present but Apple could enable the transmission of touch events as part of the video stream.  I'm imagining a toggle-able AirPlay preference to send touch event data to the receiving application.

4 comments
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  • David Wicks
    David Wicks Looks promising Frank. I've been looking for a way to create good screencasts for apps. It would be nice to see the touch gestures but I can live with this for now.
    March 2, 2012
  • David Wicks
    David Wicks I bought Reflection and I really like it. You are able to have both your iPhone and iPad open at the same time so you can create screencasts showing how an app works differently (or the same) on both devices. Very cool. Thanks again for sharing Frank!
    March 5, 2012
  • Frank Lowney
    Frank Lowney One thing to keep in mind is that you'll need TCP ports 7000, 47000, 7100, 49228, 50259 and UDP 62572, 54780 to be open to enable the iPad to communicate with a MacOS X computer. On my campus, the wired and wireless networks are separate and there is a f...  more
    March 6, 2012
  • Hilary Srere
    Hilary Srere I downloaded this last week an LOVE it - great app - thanks for the heads up.
    March 15, 2012