In a world where it’s become a legit day job to stream your gaming on YouTube or Twitch, methods of video capture have become more important to more people than ever before. This is all easy to do on most gaming platforms, but it all gets a little bit fiddly when your primary game platform is a mobile device, for games like PUBG. How do you stream from a phone or tablet while integrating the results into a broadcast platform like OBS? The new software AnyMiro from iMobie has the answer.
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Mobiles in the Stream
iMobie AnyMiro is a fully cross-platform device-mirroring application that supports USB and Wi-Fi connection of a mobile phone to a desktop PC for the purposes of recording or streaming. The idea is to provide a lightweight, seamless, and more importantly, lag-free, screen mirroring tool for gaming streamers. Tools like this need to be stable (i.e., no dropouts), mirror the screen and audio in real time, and support the main live streaming broadcast tools, like OBS and Streamlabs.
AnyMiro does all this and delivers 4K, too, if you’re streaming it. The process is simple: download a piece of software to your PC to receive the video from the phone, plug in a USB cable, start a service, and you’re done. Let’s go over it in detail.
Getting Set with AnyMiro
Setting up iMobie AnyMiro is pretty straightforward. Download and install the AnyMiro software from the website. For the purposes of this review, I’m installing it on a PC.
Find the “Services”window in your open windows, and start the Bonjour service. Bonjour is a piece of Apple technology that is now cross-platform, and enables zero-configuration networking between different types of devices. You may have to right-click on the service, select “Properties,”and set the service start to manual before it will allow you to start Bonjour.
Select “Start”from the drop-down, and its status will change to “running.”
Next, you need to allow USB debugging mode. If you haven’t already, you will be prompted to activate “Developer options”and enable USB Debugging mode. You will probably have to authorize the computer for this access.
Once the software starts, there will be a window on your desktop that accurately mirrors the screen on your mobile device. You’re all set.
Tweak the settings before you start, but for most applications, you can just leave the defaults.
The iMobie AnyMiro setup is surprisingly easy. Once you’re all set up, you can begin mirroring your device screens, both audio and video, to your computer. You can record the output from your device, or more importantly, stream it live, all via a simple USB cable.
You can also mirror the device wirelessly if you need to, but it’s always better and faster to use a wired connection when you can.
To connect via Wi-Fi, choose it in the iMobie AnyMiro mobile app, or scan the QR code on your screen. The phone and the computer need to be on the same Wi-Fi network. My Wi-Fi is incredibly crappy at this end of the house, so wired USB was the best option for me.
To connect your AnyMiro stream to your OBS scene, add a Window Capture element, search for “AnyMiro Livestream,”and add it.
Once the stream is active, you can resize it and add your webcams and backgrounds, like any other camera or window source. You can add a mobile phone frame of your own if your content is upright, or just fill the screen and inset your webcam.
It’s all very easy to use and understand.
Pricing, for iMobie AnyMiro, which is usable in a variety of professional circumstances, is very reasonable. If you don’t want to commit right away, the cost is $15.99/monthly, $19.99/quarterly, or $29.99/annually.
I’ve used many mirroring software over the years, and it’s been difficult to set up, intermittent and laggy. Therefore, It’s refreshing to enter the experience of iMobie AnyMiro, which is impressively fast and easy to use. People say stuff like that in reviews quite flippantly, but I really mean it. It’s easy to prove, too.
As the audio is coming out of the phone and the computer at the same time (you will be using headphones while broadcasting, I imagine), you can hear the difference in timing between the phone and the desktop. It’s literally a fraction of a second difference and keeps up. It’s like a single, really short echo, which is very impressive. The audio and video are also, as far as I can tell at that speed, perfectly synchronized.
Also, the performance seems solid and reliable. During the test, I left my phone on the desk, and of course, in a few moments, it went black and slept. Using conventional mirroring software, the connection usually drops if the screen goes black, and it’s quite rare that you can wake the device and still have a connection. The phone was on my desk in sleep mode for the thick end of 20 minutes while typing in some of this article, but when I picked it up, it regained the connection in a fraction of a second. It’s not real-time, but it’s as near as you can get.
Would I use AnyMiro in production? You bet I would, and I will. It’s the best solution so far that I’ve used, and I can happily recommend it.
Are there any downsides? Yes. While I tested it on Windows, there are some issues involving privacy on the Mac, which some users may be concerned about. To run AnyMiro at the right speed, you need to disable AirPlay, grant permissions for audio driver installs, and allow full disk access, which is something not usually granted to an app.
iMobie assures us this is not a problem, as the Mac is much more tightly shut down as a system than the PC. When we asked them about this, they said, “Our product requires these permissions because we need them to ensure the successful screen mirroring of audio or video from the user’s phone. All of this is done to provide a better screen mirroring experience for our users, and not with the intention of infringing upon their privacy. All screen mirroring software requires these permissions when in use. Moreover, we do not store user data, as it is completely illegal.”
iMobie AnyMiro is a high-end screen mirroring solution and is available for Mac and Windows from iMobie’s website. You can download and use the software to try it out for free for 40 minutes a day indefinitely and with an AnyMiro watermark. Full details are on the website.