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Welcome to the Air Camera iPhone/iPad product page.

Air Camera provides a way to send the camera and sound from your iPad or iPhone to an AppleTV or another video device using either the Apple Digital AV Adapter or (analog) Apple Composite AV cable or the Apple VGA adapter.

Air Camera is ideal for uses such a baby or pet monitoring, access control monitoring, and any time when you want to display the iPhone or iPad camera output on a larger screen or an external device.

Air Camera utilizes the 'mirroring' mode of the AppleTV (version 2 or newer) in order to display on the AppleTV. This mode currently can only be initiated from outside the Air Camera app by using the IOS process control menu (accessed in IOS7 by swiping up from the bottom of the screen and tapping the AirPlay icon, or in IOS6 by double tapping the devices front panel button and then swiping repeatedly to the left and then tapping the AirPlay icon).

When using the wired video cables, Air Camera will automatically detect the cable and start feeding video (and audio if desired) to the cable.

NOTE: The image displayed on the attached TV will only include the video captured by the camera and NOT any of the controls on the display of the iPhone or iPad.

Version 2, released in early 2014, adds video zoom, long-tap to focus on a point of interest, camera light operation, and a video only WebCam RTSP server to enable a second feed where needed. Pertinant info on the newest update is below.

 

Watch a video of AirCamera (version 1) in use with an iPad2 and an IPhone4s.

REQUIRES a camera on the device and IOS6.1 or newer (AirCamera version 1.0 only requires IOS5 but has limited features).

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The iPhone4S display showing a typical image.

In the upper left you can see that the AppleTV or external video cable is connected by viewing the green indicator. This changes to yellow and says 'DISCONNECTED' when the AppleTV is not connected or there is no external video cable.

A handy indicator of a connection to a Wifi LAN is also provided (Wifi being required for AppleTV connection). The Wifi indicator also turns yellow when you are not logged into a Wifi network.

 

When you are relaying the camera, you can hit the blue PAUSE button to pause the output of the device (both video and sound).

When paused, the PLAY button will light up green to indicate you can tap it to continue.

On the left is the control that allows you to swap cameras (on devices so equipped) and use the front facing camera.

When using the front facing camera, the video quality is greyed out as the front camera only supports the LOW video quality (640 x 480 resolution).

 

The iPad display is similar to that of the iPhone.

To the right of the VIDEO QUALITY buttons is a button that allows you to stretch the 4:3 aspect ratio video supplied in the LOW QUALITY mode to fit the full width of common 16:9 aspect ratio viewing screens. NOTE: this will make round items appear oval, people will look fatter.

You can also turn on/off the audio and enable or disable the automatic white balance, automatic focus, or automatic exposure (on devices that support those modes).

Tapping the product name and version text will bring you to this support page.

 

To setup a connection to an AppleTV you must first enable what is called 'Air Play Mirroring' mode.

Double tap the button on the front face of the iPhone and swipe to the left. You may have to swipe a few times until you find the volume slider and the round 'AIRPLAY' button next to it (as shown here).

Tap the AIRPLAY button to call up the menu that allows you to select the AppleTV to connect with.

 

When you tap the AIRPLAY button on an iPhone you are given a menu as shown here.

Tap the desired APPLE-TV and then make sure the 'Mirroring' switch is turned ON.

Hit DONE and then tap the front button on the iPhone to restor the AirCamera to full screen and your video should be appearing on the AppleTV.

 

 

iPad users have a similar method to turn on the AirPlay Mirroring to an AppleTV.

After double tapping the button on the iPad front panel and swiping the lower menu to the right once or twice you will see a screen similar to what's shown at the left.

What is shown is the result of tapping the AIRPLAY button and then selecting the 'Apple TV' and making sure that the 'MIRRORING' switch is turned ON.

Once this is done, you can tap the front panel button on the iPad and the Air Camera app will return to full screen and start sending your video to the AppleTV.

Please also note: When using Air Camera your iPhone or iPad will NOT go to sleep or turn off it's local screen. This may run your battery down if used for long periods of time.

If your intended use is for an extended time period, please consider keeping the device plugged into a power source.

You must also be aware that other apps on the device, or other network traffic on your WIFI network may interfere with the smooth flow of video and audio from the device. It may be necessary in some cases to disable or close out other apps running on the device, or take steps to assure less traffic from other devices on your WIFI network.

With AirCamera2.0 if your device supports zoom (and you are running IOS7 or newer) you will have a zoom control below the video. You can alternatively use pinch gestures on the camera monitor to control zooming.

If the camera you have selected has an associated 'flash' or 'torch' light, you can turn that on or off too, with the button that looks like a lightning bolt.

On devices where the camera supports focussing, a long tap on a spot in the camera monitor where you find most important will cause the device to focus on that location.

AirCamera then switches to LOCKED focus, so you won't be bothered by auto focus 'hunting'. You will need to change the focus, or return to AUTO mode when your scene changes.

Note: With some cameras and at certain distances a second long tap to focus yields the best results.

Should you need an alternate feed of just the video (sorry, no audio at this time), you can enable the 'WebCam' RTSP server in AirCamera.

Turning on WebCam mode allows you to view (and possibly record) via a laptop or desktop computer that runs QuickTime, VLC, or a host of other webcam viewers (that support the Real Time Streaming Protocol used by webcams).

When turned on, the RTSP URL of your device is shown below the Play/Pause buttons.

When a client viewer has connected to your WebCam, the label turns green. This label turns Orange when the client disconnects. AirCamera supports just one connection at a time to it's WebCam server.

Please understand that you MUST have a good, strong, quality Wifi connection in order for both AppleTV and Webcam transmissions to look good. Marginal Wifi connections will yield less than ideal results.

Please also understand that on the older devices (Iphone4s, iPad2) that the processor capabilities are taxed greatly by streaming as done by AirCamera. There really is a whole lot of complex work going on inside for this to work. Your device may get warm after prolonged use and the battery charge will be consumed quickly due to the laboring of the processor.

 

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