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Projecting or mirroring the Visual Vocal smartphone app onto another screen

TL;DR:

Disable VR and project your phone screen using a cable connecting your phone to a video system such as a projector or large video monitor or use WIFI to "cast" your smartphone to a laptop.

LONG VERSION:

There may be times when you want to demonstrate a V|V in the context of a meeting, both local and remote where not all participants have direct access to Visual Vocal. In these cases, you may want to send the video from your phone to a large display ("TV" or monitor), projector in a meeting room, a video conferencing system, or a laptop connected to a other video equipment. The means to do this depends both on the phone you are using and the video system in your conference room. 

When sending video from your phone you have the option of disabling the left and right eye split video image so that non-VR viewers can see more of the image. To do this, turn on the "Disable VR" option from within the Settings page:

  • When VR is on you'll see the default split left and right eye view:
  • When VR is disabled, you'll see one view that is suitable for broadcast:

The interactions in non-VR mode are a little different than those in VR mode. While the standard dwell interactions are supported in non-VR, you will probably have a better experience by using a tap activation:

  • Use a single finger to rotate the view so that your reticle (blue and black square in the middle of the screen) is on top of the button you want to activate
  • Release your finger
  • Tap your finger (without further rotating the view)
  • The button will be activated

Try this “tap” method and you'll probably see that it works better in non-VR than the dwell-based interaction.

Summary of connection methods

Send to a projector or large video monitor

IOS (iPhone)

WIRED

Plug a lightning-digital-av-adapter cable between your iPhone and the video device:

WIRELESS

You will have the best results if you have an Apple TV connected to your video equipment and then use AirPlay to "cast" your iPhone to the Apple TV:

Information on this strategy is available from Apple at: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204289

Android

WIRED

Plug a USB-C or micro-USB (depending on your phone) adaptor between the phone and your video equipment:

WIRELESS

You will have the best results if you have a Chrome Cast device connected to your video equipment:

More information about this strategy is available from Google: https://support.google.com/chromecast/answer/6059461?hl=en

Send to a Windows PC/Laptop

IOS (iPhone)

WIRED

No known method at this time.

WIRELESS

This scenario is not directly supported by Apple but there are several third party software apps that make this possible. At Visual Vocal we have had good luck using the following desktop app but there are also comparable offerings:

We have had some cases where security measures on some enterprise wireless networks prevented this class of technique from working.

Android

WIRED

We have briefly tested a third party app, Vysor, that works reasonably well although the visual quality of the mirrored image was less than stellar:

NOTE: this solution requires the Chrome web browser on your PC/Laptop and it install an app on your phone. The free version of the app occasionally pops up advertisements which can be removed by purchasing the app.

WIRELESS

We have not yet found any robust solutions for this. There are articles that suggest that Miracast enabled PC/Laptops are able to mirror an Android device display wirelessly, but we have not been successful at getting this to work during our limited testing. There are articles that suggest that using a dedicated Miracast or Chrome Cast "dongle" is a more robust solution. Here are some resources about this method:

There are also third party desktop apps that can wirelessly mirror an Android display onto your Laptop/PC. We have not tested these in this particular scenario:

Send to a Mac Laptop or desktop

IOS (iPhone)

WIRED

Plug your iPhone into your Mac via a standard Lightning/USB cable. Then use the built in QuickTime player to set the iPhone as the "camera." More information is in this article:

NOTE: We have not tested this method, yet.

There are some other tools listed at the following article, none of which we have tested:

WIRELESS

As with wireless mirroring an iPhone to a PC/Laptop, you can also use third party software apps:

Android

WIRED

We have not identified, yet, any methods to do this.

WIRELESS 

As with mirroring an iPhone, several of the same apps work for Android. We have not tested these apps in for Android:

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