How To Use Screenflow 8 For beginners - Screenflow Tutorial

How To Use Screenflow 8 For beginners – Screenflow Tutorial

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In this video tutorial, I show you everything you need to know to get started with ScreenFlow 8. This is the best screencasting tool for Mac in my opinion.

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hey guys welcome back to another video dusty here today I'm gonna be giving you a full overview and tutorial of how to use ScreenFlow 8 I do one of these every time a new version of ScreenFlow is released and this is my screencasting software of choice so if you're looking for a great way to capture your screen to do voice overs tutorials video overviews things like you're seeing here on the screen this software is fantastic now it's only for Mac if you are on a PC I check out my Camtasia tutorials all of those are really good as well so let's go ahead and dive into it when you open up ScreenFlow you're going to see this box presented to you here you're gonna have the ability to create a new recording create a new document go to recent documents and something new in this version is create something from a template and we'll talk about that shortly the first thing that you're gonna need to understand is the new recording make sure all of this is set up before you start recording so right here you can see I'm recording from desktop now if you have multiple monitors you'll see a drop down here and that's going to allow you to choose which monitor you're using now if we zoom out here on this monitor and we hover over it you will see it's letting you know with a nice red border this is indeed the monitor that you are going to be recording on so select the monitor that you want to record and that's your first step the next one here you're going to see something that says record iOS device now in order to record a mobile device via ScreenFlow I'll actually do a separate tutorial on that if you guys want me to basically all you have to do is plug in the device via USB to the computer that you're recording from so whatever computer you have ScreenFlow setup on just plug in the the white cable that app will provide you with your phone or your device and you'll see here when you check this box a drop down menu it'll say your iPad your iPhone and you can record directly from that now I will tell you this play around with the first depending on your computer you may have some input lag so you may need to adjust some settings but other than that that's how you record a mobile device as far as record a video from this would be like if you have an external device that you want to record video from not really gonna cover that too much here record audio from now this is very important now as far as the computer audio like if you have sound cues going on that you want to have in your screencast or your overview or whatever you're doing the computer or desktop audio is going to be the audio that's coming out of your speakers so the audio that comes in to the headphones the audio that comes out of the speakers whatever it may be that's the computer audio there now record audio from this is going to be the actual input for like your microphone if you're doing voiceovers personally I like to record my voice overs which is what you're hearing now in a separate program called adobe audition because i have more flexibility and i can edit the voice and i can make it sound much better but if you don't have that available to you you can record directly from within ScreenFlow here if i go to say scarlett 2i2 so you can see here that is my audio interface so that's how i have my microphone plugged into this mac and so now whenever i hit the record button you're going to see that it's going to present me with the audio from the interface or the microphone that i select now if you have a blue yeti you'll hit the drop-down menu and you should find that there as well alright so now that we have all of that set up we're ready to hit the record button so if we click the button over here to go to the right you can see if you want to change the FPS things like that you can honestly I never mess with any of this stuff just again if you want to set a timer and record and do things like that you can do it here but normally everything you need to know to record in ScreenFlow will be done on this first panel here now when we're ready click the record button you'll see a countdown timer on your other monitor so it doesn't interfere with the one that you're recording when you're ready you're gonna see in the upper right hand corner of your desktop you're gonna see something here that says ScreenFlow you're gonna see a little video icon if we click that there we can see that we've been recording for 48 seconds we can stop or pause the recording we can even add a marker but what we're gonna do is we're actually going to stop the recording so if we stop the recording now it will then bring up ScreenFlow so once you've recorded something it's then going to show you exactly what we're going to to be working with with screenflow as you can see we had the screen here and we also have the audio we have two different layers if you're you know noir if you're I guess you would say if you're used to working in video editors this is your timeline down here on the bottom so you have your timeline here and then you have your video preview up here on the left hand side and then over on the right these are going to be all of your properties it's how you add zoom effects is how you add effects to audio it's how you all of the magic within ScreenFlow happens over here on the right I call this my properties window over here on the right so you have the three main areas here now basically working with this and as you can see here I've pulled in a different screencast as the one that we just recorded because I want to show you a few things here in the tutorial now we can zoom in and out on the timeline by dragging and holding the zoom icon in the lower left hand of our screen there so we're gonna go ahead and zoom in just a little bit there and then as you can see here we can move the playhead which is this guy here the playhead is the thing that that takes us to a certain area within the video we can move this and drag and hold this or we can press the spacebar like this and it'll start playing just like that there and as you can hear the audio from the actual screencast now in order to adjust the audio which is what we're gonna do here I'm actually going to mute this audio so what I'm gonna do is select this here go up to our audio property here in the right-hand side and I'm gonna drag our volume all the way down to zero now I could have deleted that actual layer here in our video but I wanted to keep it there just to kind of show you guys how to work with and manipulate things within ScreenFlow alright so the first thing you're all wondering how do we add external media to the document how do we add images how do we add sound files things like that we're gonna go right to left over here so on the far right hand side you're gonna see all of your different tools up here in the upper right hand corner the first one is going to be your media okay so what you're gonna see here under media is the initial screen recording and the initial audio now if you've recorded multiple takes on this you may see multiple screencast or screen recordings and multiple bits of audio so what you're going to want to do to add like an image is you click the addition symbol here and go to add file now if we add recording it'll just start recording again with the same template or the same features that you set earlier in the tutorial so go to add a file and then it'll bring up the file explorer here where you can go and find different video or audio clips I'm gonna bring in this previous video that I did I'm gonna click open or double click it really doesn't matter and then now you're going to have another bit of media to work with so if we click here we can actually click and hold and drag this onto our timeline like we would any other video editor or we can go to a specific point in the video by dragging I call this the mini playhead on our media explorer here and then we can basically you know see what the video is within 8 minutes and 13 seconds now what I like to do is I drag the media in down here put it in the layer that you want and then remember something that is above a specific layer will show it'll have priority over the layer below that so when we get here you'll see this layer of video will get priority over the initial or the original screencast that we did but if we put this below that layer then the one above will get priority so remember that when you're putting in images and you're importing images into the actual screencast so in order to delete something you just select it and highlight it and you're gonna see that it's highlighted by a nice yellow glow or a nice colorful glow depending on how you have it set in your timeline so that's basically all you need to know about media if you ever want to go back and add specific media click the addition symbol there go to add a file find the file you want to add and you are good to go next is going to be the text tab now there's a lot of times you probably want to add text letting people know what you're doing on screen if that's the case you drag the playhead to where you want to add the text and remember anything that you add within ScreenFlow you need to drag the playhead to exactly where you want to add that element or effect so we've drugged the playhead over here click the addition symbol in the text panel up here so click that there and it's going to bring up a brand new text panel so we're gonna go ahead and just type in tutorial ok and then what you can do is you can select the text and you can basically edit the text just like you would in a word processor so we're gonna go ahead and change the font to one of my favorite fonts we can change the font size by going here and selecting different font sizes we can change the alignment if we would like to so we can Center that also we can change the fill color okay or the outline so the fill color is a solid color that's white that's going to be your actual font color and the outline is going to be like the black that you see here if we deselect that you can see it's gonna add a little I guess you'd call that a stroke around the text but if you want you can select backdrop go to a different color change the color if you want and when you bring up the color panel here you can choose from you know a list of colors here you can choose the color wheel whichever one I guess best suits you let's go ahead and add a pink background just to kind of show you exactly how that works now with any element on ScreenFlow the reason why I love screencasting with ScreenFlow is that with all of these elements I can click and hold them and I can drag them anywhere on the screen and you're noticing also that these little alignment lines that you see in you know pieces of software like Photoshop Adobe InDesign this lets you know hey do you want to Center this in the right in the middle of the screen do you want to Center this vertically do you want to Center it horizontally you can do that very easily by dragging this exactly where the lines show you to now in order to add like an animation in or an animation out for this text what you'll need to do is basically go here you can over here in the properties you can see like a built in animation you can do it here in the properties honestly my preference is to right-click on it on the timeline and go to add starting or add ending transition so if I go to add starting transition you can see here if we zoom in you're going to see something here on the text that wasn't there before this little guy here this is your starting transition so now if we right-click on that transition you can see the list of transitions available to you within ScreenFlow so if we go to inner cube now whenever I play this back watch how it comes into the screen boom it kind of goes in with that transition you can increase or decrease the duration of the transition by going to the line here where the transition meets the actual video and drag it to the right to increase the time and you can actually see the amount of time that it's going to be played for or decrease by dragging to the left so we're gonna leave this right at 1.5 seconds now if we right click again go to add ending transition the same thing you're gonna see it come up here towards the end of the clip right click that you're gonna see an available you know list of ones that you can do I'm gonna go to ripple and then when we play this back it's going to ripple out again increase or decrease the same way left or right now if we right click on the transition here just like we saw here we can actually click remove to remove it or change the transition altogether if we weren't satisfied with the original one that we selected so we're gonna go ahead and select remove and we're good to go now with anything within ScreenFlow you can hit command Z on your keyboard and that will undo your previous action so it's pretty cool to be able to go to edit undo and then you can actually go edit redo if you want to go back to something that you've undone as well so that's basically all you need to know about text you can do all of the transitional stuff here on the timeline or go to build in animation here on the property manager and you can do all of that here again play around see what works best for you what makes you more comfortable alright so the next one here on the properties bar is going to be annotations now annotations are going to be I think of them as say you know if you want to circle something on the screen if you want to point an arrow at something on the screen these are going to be some things that you annotate on the screen showing the viewer a specific area or element within the screencast so you're gonna notice a theme here in order to add the annotation you click the addition symbol here next to the word annotations just like you did with the text now when we click that we're going to have a selection here we can do a line we can do a filled in or open square we can do a squiggly line we can do a circle let's go ahead and do a circle just for the purposes of the tutorial so we're gonna go ahead and add a circle and as you can see here if we go here we can actually draw the circle so once I've drawn the circle I'm able to select it and drag it or round and manipulate it just like I would any other element within ScreenFlow so let's say I want to show them this bit here I can actually go here and adjust the size of the circle and the shape of the circle after the fact and then click and hold drag it to where you want it and you're good to go and now when you play the video back just here you'll see the circle come in now if you want to add a transition for your annotations it works just like it does with text select it in the timeline okay we're gonna bring it here right click Add starting and ending transition now if you want to add a starting and ending transitions at the same time to save you a little time basically they've got an option here that says add both of them so click that it'll add both of them we're gonna go ahead and add a starting transition of flip over and we're going to add an ending transition of Ripple so if we go here and we play this back it's going to have a nice little bounce in effect and then when it is removed from the screen it's going to ripple off just as we have said it to do now we can change a lot of different elements of the actual annotation so we can change like the color we can change the opacity if you want it to be like I said if you want it to be less than what it is there you know the opacity is here you can change the thickness of it you can change if you want to you can even add a shadow to make it look a little better at an outline of a different color if that's something you want to do so again you have a lot of flexibility on things that you might want to do with the annotation over here just play around with that see what works best for you and you're good to go and just like any element on the timeline if you select it with your mouse and then hit the backspace or delete key it'll automatically be removed from the screencast next we're going to see touch call-outs these will be covered in my mobile recording tutorial basically it allows you to add little pulsating circles when you are recording your mobile device to show people where you're touching on the screen next you're gonna see something that says call out now this one is very important to understand this one is very critical to to learn so we can go here and add specific actions we can add a highlight on our mouse cursor we can add a foreground window or a freehand all of these are the different options so if we click action here I'm gonna go ahead and do a freehand just to show you how this works now we can let's say we want to highlight this area over here let's go ahead and choose our square tool here you can choose circle or square you can even increase the size of that here and then when ready you just highlight an area that you want to show on the screen cast and it's going to bring that to the forefront while it decreases the opacity of the other areas on the screen so while you had this action brought to the viewers attention they're only going to be able to see this in full clarity while everything else is decreased now again you can zoom up so if you want to zoom up on that area so if you have a specific area on the screen you want to zoom up on once you have it selected you can go over here and zoom up on that so we'll zoom up just a little bit here you can blur so if we go here we can blur that specific area so maybe you have personal information there you can blur that by increasing and decreasing the amount of blur applied and we can even change the opacity of the actual background window so if we want the opacity of that to be completely gone we can go all the way to 100% normally what I do is leave it around I don't know 75 to 80 that way they know what their eye is supposed to focus on we can add a border we can add a shadow if that's something you want to do again all of this year you can play around with and see what works best for you now when that is up on screen you can see the call-out is going to look like something that is on top of the actual video clip so as you can see here the duration of the call-out will basically be as long as you want it to be so within the timeline here I can select the call-out I can increase or decrease by sliding a left or right and even tells you the exact duration of that call-out if you want to know so within any other element within ScreenFlow if we select it it'll let you know you've got it selected by a turning yellow you can click the backspace or delete key and that call-out will be completely removed now let's say we want to create a call-out for just our mouse cursor basically you just add an action like you just did go to mouse cursor here so now wherever the mouse cursor is you will see right here it's going to be highlighted now I can actually zoom up on the mouse cursor as you can see here I can add a border if I want to and I can even add a nice little drop shadow to make it even more noticeable so I'm gonna go ahead and remove that now but that's how you zoomed in to your mouse cursor all right in the next tab I'm going to cover is the audio tab this is very important so basically this is where you do all of the adjusting for your audio clips so I'm gonna go ahead and bring my audio clip back into focus here I'm gonna go ahead and increase that volume back up just so you guys can see the different WAV files here so you know the difference in an audio and video file by the audio looks like a WAV file here a waveform going up and down in the video it looks like exactly what you're recording and so basically you need to select an audio layer again these are layers down here so select it make sure it's highlighted that's how you know you can edit audio so if you want to increase or decrease the volume you do what I did up here you drag to the left or to the right you can even mute the audio like selecting mute there and that'll show it kind of grayed out on the timeline so I'm gonna deselect that now now ducking is going to allow you to basically if you don't know what ducking is it allows you to if you have a voiceover on top of some music it'll allow you to duck the audio which it'll decrease the volume of that audio only while the voiceover or while the other audio is on top of it so that's gonna be ducking and then deselect that will also take that away smooth volume levels again this is if you you have some volume that's that's wonky some different clips that are that maybe not match up properly you can see if a screen you know ScreenFlow can do that for you and then when you're ready to go basically you can add some effects like a presence effect you can add a cathedral effect again all of these you play around with see what works best for you and you're good to go now many people have asked me how do I fade in or fade out so you add your audio action here on your audio layer and then basically what you do is you decrease the volume to zero because you're gonna fade out and then basically you drag that to where you want the fade to end and then as you can see if we zoom in here on our timeline the audio is fading out nicely here from where we started the action to where we end the action so the same thing can work for when you're doing a audio fade in as well so that's kind of how you do to fade ends and the fade outs so I basically showing you everything you need to know to work with a recording start a recording and to manipulate it to make it look the way you want it now I'm going to show you how to export and save so that way in the future you're able to see you know how you might want to export for YouTube and different things so if we go to file and then go to export now you can publish to YouTube Vimeo different things like that I don't recommend this because a lot of times the format's are not what you normally would want them to be so I normally just go to export and then when I export I always go 1920 by 1080 if you want to do 1080p and normally for tutorials like for YouTube things like that what I do you may have a different dimension you want to choose you can select the resolution drop-down and go here if you want 720 go here if you want even bigger maybe even 4k but remember when you increase you've got to remember how you've recorded so if the the screen that you're recording is is 1080 then the dimensions are gonna look a little stretched so I'd stick to 1920 by 1080 unless you know better and then when you're ready to go basically name the file when you're ready to go and then hit export and you now have the screencast ready for you to upload or ready for you to add into another piece of software if you want that's how you export from within ScreenFlow now if you have any questions about ScreenFlow please put those in the comments section below I will get to them as soon as I can if not me someone in my community will this is definitely a fantastic tool there's a lot here and I know this is a very long tutorial hopefully you can jump around to where the bits and pieces that help you the most let me know in the feedback in the comments section if this was helpful to you don't forget to Like share and subscribe and I will see you guys in the next video

2 Replies to “How To Use Screenflow 8 For beginners – Screenflow Tutorial”

  1. Ileane Smith

    Dusty, I'm a fan of Screenflow and I've been waiting for ages to learn how to fade the audio correctly, so I'm glad I watched to the end.
    I do have a question – do you typically use the smooth volume levels on your voice? I found that it seemed to add unwanted background noise and I wasn't too happy with the results so I stopped using it.
    Thanks again, you're brilliant!

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