Shooting tethered to a laptop or computer and want to add a second screen? It’s never been easier to mount a monitor or TV in-studio, and there are several reasons to add a second screen (mirrored display) to your workflow. These include viewing images in even greater detail, having a secondary display for a client or assistant, or a display for marketing purposes in another room such as the lobby.
Below we’ll go through three methods, including wired and wireless options, for connecting your computer to a monitor or TV for mirroring your screen when shooting tethered.
The most direct way to connect a monitor, simply purchase an HDMI cable long enough to run from your laptop or computer to the monitor. Note, for this method to work with the new MacBook Pro you’ll need a multiport adapter that has both a USB and HDMI port.
AirPlay Mirroring (For Mac Only)
With AirPlay Mirroring, you can choose to mirror your Mac display to your Apple TV at your Mac’s native resolution or your HDTV’s native resolution, or you can simply extend your desktop to add your HDTV as a second monitor.
First, click on the AirPlay icon on the right side of your Mac’s menubar. Then, click on Apple TV from the dropdown. If you have multiple Apple TV’s in the vicinity, choose the one you want to use right now.
Note, before you can mirror your Mac using AirPlay, you need to make sure all your devices are compatible and on the same Wi-Fi network.
With Google Chromecast you can mirror any browser tab or your entire desktop, completely wirelessly, in just a few steps. The feature is built into Google Chrome, so you must have that browser installed. To start casting, you can either click Chrome’s menu on the right side of the window and select “Cast”, or right-click the current page and select “Cast”.
To cast your desktop, select “Cast desktop” in the list of sources and then click the Chromecast you want to cast to.
When you attempt to cast your entire desktop, you’ll be prompted to choose exactly what you want to share on your desktop and whether you also want to share the audio. While casting your screen, you’ll see a “Chrome Media Router is sharing your screen and audio.” message at the bottom of your screen. Click “Stop sharing” to stop casting. Click “Hide” to dismiss this message. It will reappear when you go back to a Chrome window, allowing you to stop casting.
Note, before you can mirror your computer using a Google Chromecast or Miracast Device, you need to make sure all your devices are compatible and on the same Wi-Fi network.
Read more about tethered workstation setups with monitors and how to add a monitor to your setup below.