Tip #959: Draw & Annotate Live Videos

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Tip #959: Draw & Annotate Live Videos

Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com

Free tools, plus a camera, equals real-time, on-screen illustration.

(Image courtesy “Adam Savage’s Tested.”)

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This article, written by Jack Roberts, first appeared in PremiumBeat.com. This is an excerpt.

This article provides a ten-minute video tutorial on how to use an iPad to create real-time on-screen graphics. (Think John Madden and his Telestrator.)

This video comes from Norm Chan from the Adam Savage’s Tested crew. It’s a simple and ingenious way to live draw on your screen, using tools you likely already have.

Tools Required:

  • Mac or PC
  • Webcam or DSLR/mirrorless camera connected to your computer
  • iPad or tablet with USB cable
  • OBS Studio (Free)
  • ApowerMirror (Free Trial)
  • Adobe Fresco (Free)

The steps are too detailed for a tip, but the video tutorial is quick and the results are amazing. The accompanying article also provides more details.

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5 replies
  1. Steve Sweitzer
    Steve Sweitzer says:

    Very interesting. I’m wondering if there is a way to get it to work with FCPX (or Premier). If not, is there a way to get it to work on prerecorded video? I’m really not interested in using it for streaming but I like the idea of doing live drawing. Maybe there is a better way to do this for pre-recorded video?

    • Larry Jordan
      Larry Jordan says:


      It seems to me you could use this in Premiere or Final Cut by simply recording the screen during playback. Experiment and see what works for you.


      • Steve Sweitzer
        Steve Sweitzer says:

        Thanks Larry, this makes sense now that you mention it. I’m still trying to get my head around the potential of idea.


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