Innovation: Education

Use Image Capture to harvest videos off iOS devices

Has this ever happened to you?

use Image Capture to harvest videos off iOSYou’ve captured some amazing in-classroom video footage with your trusty iPad — a compelling student presentation or a display of truly superb educating, maybe just a lesson you wanted to re-watch and dwell on later — but when you try to move the video off your iPad, your wireless solution makes a weird choking noise, lays down on the floor and dies, because that video is way. too. huge.

Don’t panic. This is completely fixable.

Use Image Capture to harvest videos off iOS

Meet Image Capture. Image Capture is a native Mac OS application (which means if your laptop’s remotely modern, it’s on there somewhere) that can see your iOS device’s Photos app and slurp up photos and video without beating your wireless network into submission.

Here’s how to do it:

Connect your iOS device to your laptop with its USB charging cord. Ignore iTunes when it starts up. iTunes will be severely unhelpful in all of this. In fact, just quit out of it before it does any damage.

Open up Image Capture (Applications > Image instead.


use Image Capture to harvest videos off iOS
Yes, those are not huge videos. I used this tool earlier to clear all the honkers off. It worked with a video an hour and thirty-five minutes long.

A. Image Capture will automatically see your connected devices — that’s right, you can connect more than one at a time, for those of y’all running around with entire cart fulls of iPads needing a video harvest.

B. Choose where on your machine to store your harvested videos.

C. You can import individual videos or photos, or hit the Import All button and go about your business. It’s that simple. Choose which images you want to grab by clicking on them — hold down the Shift key to grab multiple files — and they’ll turn green for go.

Dassit. It’s not a wireless solution, true, but it does work, and as someone supporting an iPad Lending Library of 20+ iPads, this little app has saved me a ton of time and hassle.



Audrey Homan

Audrey Homan is a Vermont-based digital media producer, and producer of The 21st Century Classroom podcast. She's worked in non-profit communications for more than a decade, and in her spare time writes tiny video games and mucks about with augmented reality and arduinos, ably assisted by five dogs.

Interviewing students and yelling in PHP are the best parts of her job.


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