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How to capture iPad video and images without needing to jailbreak

July 3, 2015

How to capture iPad video and images without needing to jailbreak image
This article quickly explains how to easily capture, record, and stream video from an Apple iPad 3. While there is no built-in screen recording feature on the iPad itself, it’s easy to capture iPad video with your computer (Windows, Mac or Linux) and an Epiphan video grabber like DVI2USB 3.0.

Device Compatibility

This video capture method works with iPad 2, iPad 3, and iPhone 4S. No jailbreaking or modifications to the iPad/iPhone are required.

Hardware Required

Capture Computer  – A computer is required to capture and save the video. This can be a Windows, Mac OS, or Linux machine.

Apple VGA or HDMI Adapter – The Apple VGA adapter is required to create a video output from your iPad 3.

Epiphan Systems video grabber – You can choose between the Epiphan Systems DVI2PCIe internal capture card for use with desktop computers or DVI2USB 3.0 external video grabber for use with laptops as well as desktop computers. Note that using a DVI2PCIe will yield better performance and a higher frame rate.


For VGA: Connect the Apple VGA Adapter to your iPad, then use the VGA cable with the VGA-DVI adapter included with the DVI2PCIe to connect the iPad to your computer.

For HDMI: Connect the Apple Digital AV Adapter to your iPad. Connect an HDMI cable to the AV Adapter and to the HDMI™ to DVI adapter that comes with DVI2USB 3.0. Connect DVI2USB 3.0 to your computer via USB.

Capture and Save

  1. Download and install the Epiphan drivers and software from the product’s download page.
  2. Start the Epiphan capture software
  3. Press the “Record” button to start recording.
    Driver install
  4. Select the location for the recorded video file on your PC and click “Save”. Note that signal capture will not start unless you click “Save”.
    Driver install
  5. To stop recording, click the “Record” button again. That’s it!
    Driver install

Sample Recordings

Epiphan video thumb

iPad 3 Screen Capture with DVI2PCIe