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Learn ScreenFlow 9 FAST

teacher avatar Laurence Kim, Online Educator

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36 Lessons (1h 38m)
    • 1. How we'll learn ScreenFlow

    • 2. 2 Important Setup Changes

    • 3. Start, Name and Save a New Project

    • 4. How to Start/Stop a Recording

    • 5. Record a slide with voiceover

    • 6. The Timeline and Playhead

    • 7. Record a Regular Screencast

    • 8. Adding an Image File

    • 9. Adding an Audio Recording

    • 10. Adding a Video Clip

    • 11. Recording With Your Webcam

    • 12. Markers

    • 13. Adding Text

    • 14. Add Zoom and Pan Video Actions

    • 15. Position and Rotation Actions

    • 16. Adding Annotations

    • 17. Video Motion Actions

    • 18. Freehand Callout Actions

    • 19. Mouse Cursor Callout Actions

    • 20. Foreground Window Callout Actions

    • 21. Mouse Pointer Options

    • 22. Keyboard Options

    • 23. Opacity Cropping and Reflections

    • 24. Editing Basics: Splitting and Moving Clips

    • 25. Editing Basics: Inserting a Clip

    • 26. Video Color Controls

    • 27. Transitions

    • 28. Adjusting Video Speed

    • 29. Getting Good Sound: Audio Basics

    • 30. Recommended USB Microphones

    • 31. Detaching Audio From a Clip

    • 32. Adding a Musical Soundtrack

    • 33. Exporting Your Finished Project

    • 34. How to Reduce the File Size

    • 35. Best Practices

    • 36. My Setup

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About This Class

This course covers a logical, step-by-step approach to learning ScreenFlow 9 as quickly as possible.

After teaching thousands of people from Fortune 500 companies to individual entrepreneurs for the past 10 years, I've come to learn the teaching methods that work best, especially when learning technical topics like software. People learn best by watching in bite size bits, then practicing what they've just learned.

Rather than taking a long time to explain what every menu and button does, I simply start building a ScreenFlow project.

You'll watch me:

  • create a new ScreenFlow project

  • import media files like video files, audio files and jpeg image files

  • record my screen with a voiceover

  • record video using my webcam

  • edit the video

  • add special effects like text, annotations and call-outs

  • add transitions between video clips

  • add music tracks to a video

  • edit the audio

  • export the project into your desired format

The format is watch, then replicate. I'll perform a bite-size task, then you'll perform that same task on your own project. That, my friends, is the fastest way to learn. There's no theory, there's only doing.

Each lecture will be short and to the point. Most of the lectures are under 4 minutes and 100% of them are under 5 minutes. There is zero fluff and nothing has been added to make the course longer. In fact, my goal was to teach the material in the shortest possible time.

Throughout the course there will be practice exercises that tell you exactly what to do next as you build your sample ScreenFlow project along with me. Nothing is left to guesswork - you'll know what the assignment is.

What will I walk away with after completing the course?

After finishing this course you'll be able to complete a fantastic ScreenFlow project in a short amount of time.

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Laurence Kim

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For the past decade I've been teaching individuals - both in Fortune 500 companies as well as individual entrepreneurs. I've coached them on sales, marketing, photography and on various software platforms.

My teaching philosophy is simple:  I believe people learn best when they see one new concept at a time, then practice that concept on their own.  You might call this "experiential" learning. I also believe in the 80/20 rule and training economy. Why learn 6 ways to accomplish a task when 1 will do?

If you want to learn a skill, technique, program or concept in the shortest possible amount of time, please check out my courses!

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1. How we'll learn ScreenFlow: before we dive deeply into screen flow. Nine. I'm just going to cover a few minutes of how we will learn. We're gonna learn by doing I am going to demonstrate. Then you will pause and then you will replicate. This is the fastest way to learn. It's the best way to learn is the most permanent way to learn. This product will include creating a slide, adding a voice over to the slide, recording a screen cast, importing photos, videos and audio files, editing your project, using annotations and special effects and then finally exporting your completed project. The course will not cover videography techniques, so things like lighting gear, composition, etcetera. If you're going to be recording video, I'm gonna assume you need to know. You know what you need to know. It's not going to cover design and presentation tips of a screen flow project. This, of course, is going to focus on the plumbing. How to use the software, That's it. And it's not gonna screen cast any phones. It's going to stick with the desktop environment. My teaching philosophy I'm gonna teach. By doing, I will show you something that I want you to do the same exact thing. I'm going to keep my lessons short to the point and free of any fluff. Most of the lectures are gonna be underneath five minutes. I'm not gonna teach you three or four different ways to do something. If a single method will do, I'm gonna let you know when it's time to complete and exercise. So have ready a few things before we begin. Just set up a folder. Put it on your desktop. Include at least one image file, preferably a J peg. At least one video clip. It doesn't have to be fancy. You could just shoot a quick video on your phone. At least one audio clip, preferably a piece of music in MP three format and then a few slides that could be keynote slides, Power Point, Google slides or any software that you'd like to use. That's it. Put these items in a folder and now we're ready to go 2. 2 Important Setup Changes: we're going to start by making to set up changes to screen flow that are going to make your life much easier. Go to the screen flow menu at the top, click on screen flow and then click on Preferences. So right here, under general, the first change we're going to make is to the countdown. The default countdown is five seconds before recording. This is going to be fine the first couple of times you use the program, but after a while that five seconds is really going to seem like an eternity. So right away, just click on this down arrow and we're going to change it to two seconds. That will be more than enough time. So that's change. Number one change Number two is going to be the short cup menu. So click on that and you can see to record a screen flow. The toggle recording setting is shift command, too. This is a terrible toggle because it requires the use of both hands. It's really clumsy eso. What we're gonna do is we're gonna change this toggle recording so you could start a recording much more easily with only one hand. So what? We're gonna do is where this arrow is. You're gonna select configure, and you're gonna add this plus sign and you're gonna select duplicate default. Then click. OK, now, where it says toggle recording, you're going to double click on it. And now I want it is select control Z, this is much simpler. You can do it with your left hand and you can you won't need Teoh news. Your use your right. Ah, and it will make your life much simpler. Okay, so that's the second change we're gonna make. The 1st 1 was changing the countdown to two seconds and the 2nd 1 was changing the toggle recording default to control Z. That is it. 3. Start, Name and Save a New Project: now that we've customised are hot key and our countdown, it's time to start and name a new project. When you first open up screen float, you're going to go file new, and then you have a few menu items on the window that pops up. I want to start with this new recording menu item. You want to make sure when you're doing a regular screen flow recording that you've got two boxes checked. Number one record from your desktop that will record whatever's on your screen. And then secondly, you're gonna want to record audio from your microphone. So if I click on this box, it'll give me my choices. For example, I could use the internal microphone that's built into my Mac. You don't want to use that. Obviously, you want to use a higher quality microphone, so I've plugged in a road USB microphone, and that's what I've selected. You also have the opportunity to record video from a built in camera or a plugged in camera . So, for example, this would record video from my built in facetime camera on my I Mac. I'm not going to be doing that right now, so I'll keep that unchecked, and lastly, you have the option to record computer audio. What this means is, if I have a file or any sounds that are playing for my computer, like from an audio file or from a video clip that includes audio, it's gonna directly record those sounds into my screen flow project. Most of the time, you're not going to be using this, so you'll Onley check this if if you need it. So basically, these two check boxes record desktop and record audio are the ones you're gonna be using 90% of the time. I'm also gonna mention that starting with screen flow nine, you have the opportunity to record two screens at once. For example, if you have a dual monitor set up, you can click this plus sign and record from both desktops. Since I only have a single monitor on my I Mac, I'm not allowed to make that selection. Okay, so now that you've got those two boxes checked, you're going to start a new document by going to this new document menu, and you've got a few choices to make. First of all, preset. What screen size are you gonna be recording it. Are you recording in 10. 80 p four k 7 20 p. Are you recording from IOS? Um, I'm gonna leave it at my screen dimensions. My monitor is a 27 inch iMac, which is 25 60 by 14 40. This is a standard H D aspect ratio, which is 16 by nine on. I'm going to keep the frame rate at the standard 30 frames per second. So what? I recommend ice. I recommend that you use your screen dimensions If your screen is in the HD aspect ratio, which is 16 by nine. If it's not, then you want to select one of these. So, for example, you want to select four K or 10 80 p 10 80 p being probably the most common. Once you've made your selection, go ahead and click on this paper icon that you see in the circle, and then that will start a new project. And now the last thing we're gonna do is give this project a name you'll see right here at the top. It just says untitled. So we're going to go file save. As so the first thing I'm gonna choose is where I want to save this project so you can put it in any folder you want on your desktop or on your hard drive anywhere you'd like. And the second thing is, I'm just gonna type a name sewing into type, start your project, and then I'm gonna go ahead and click safe, and that's it. We have started a new screen flow project and we've given it a name, and we've saved it in the chosen location on our hard drive. 4. How to Start/Stop a Recording: okay. You have now created a new screen flow document. You've given it a name, and you saved it to the location of your choice. Now you're ready to make your first recording. This is how you're going to do it. Okay, So go ahead and open up. Whatever program you're using for your president, your screen flow project, It could be a keynote slide. It could be an application. It could be a web page. Whatever it is you're demonstrating, I recommend you make it full screen because this will make it easy because you don't have to crop it later on. So just opened up a full screen. Now you're ready to record. As you'll recall, one of the very first things we did in this course was changed. The hot key to control Z. So now you're going to go ahead and click Control Z. Now you're gonna see that little window that says, preparing to record. You'll get the countdown to 10 and now you are recording. Start doing whatever it is you're gonna do and start talking when you want to end the recording. Simply hit your hot key again. Control Z to stop the recording, you're going to see a window pop up that says Recording complete. You've got two choices created new document or add to document. Now, since we've already created the new document, you'll see it in this drop down menu right here and then go ahead and click the blue OK button. That's pretty much it. Your new recording, the audio file and the video file will now appear in your media library, ready for you to insert it into your project, and that is how to start and stop a recording. 5. Record a slide with voiceover: Okay, We've started a new document. We gave it a name and we saved it in the location of our choice. Now it's time to create our screen flow project. So our first assignment is to record a slide with some voiceover. So you're gonna bring up a slide? It doesn't matter what software you created it with. It could be keynote. It could be power point. It could be Google slides. Just create a quick slide and then get ready to do a voice over. Let's begin. Okay, so here is the slide I've created. I've used Keynote. What I'm gonna do is I'm going to record a brief recording with a voice over. So, as you remember, we set our toggle switch to control Z. I'm gonna hit Control Z. It's going to give me the countdown, and then I'm gonna begin talking. When I'm done with my recording, I'm going to hit controls the again to end the recording. Okay, so let's record now. Welcome to learn Google Sheets fast. In this course, you're gonna learn how to use Google sheets to create a spreadsheet as quickly as possible . Okay, I'm done recording. So now I'm gonna hit control Z again to end the recording. When you're done recording, you're gonna get this little window that says recording complete is going to say, Add to document. You'll see your project right there. Just click, OK, after you hit. Okay, The recording you just made is going to go into the media folder. So right here at the top, you see these various icons with one all the way on the right is your media folder. So you will see, actually, two files right here. This is what you just recorded. The reason you're seeing two files is because one file is the videophile and the other file the green one with this speaker icon. That is the audio file. So you're recording is split into two video and audio. Now, this recording is not yet made into your project. It's just been put into this folder. So our next step is going to be to put what you just recorded, take it from the media folder and actually bring it into your project to bring the video clip to your project, you need to insert it in the timeline. The timeline is right down here below and we'll explain it more fully in a moment. But first, I want you to click on the video, which is right here and then click, drag and drop it. And you're going to bring it all the way down here into the timeline and bring it all the way to the extreme left eso You can't bring it any further left, so you're going to bring it all the way to the beginning. Next you're gonna go up here and you're gonna click on the audio recording. So click drag and drop it. I want you to put it right underneath the video and let it go. Okay? You're going to see that the audio clip exactly matches the video clip, and that is how to bring a recording into your timeline. Now that we've added the video clip to the timeline, we can actually see it appear in our main window. So you're probably curious as to what this clip looks like. And sounds like sotto watch the clip. You're going to click on this play button, which I'm going to do right now. Welcome to learn Google Sheets fast. In this course, you were gonna learn how to use Google sheets to create spreadsheets as quickly as possible , and that's it. We have just recorded a slide with a voice over the simplest and one of the most common screen casts that you'll be doing using screen flow. 6. The Timeline and Playhead: Now that we've inserted our first clip into the timeline, let's just spend a couple minutes talking about the timeline and describing its features. First of all, if you want to see more of the timeline, you can expand it by hovering your mouse to the edge, and then you'll see those lines appear. Click drag and drop it, and then you can make be timeline bigger. Why would you want to do that? Well, each row of this timeline is called a track. I'm Onley using two tracks right now, but conceivably, I might want to use more. And so to keep the tracks of visible, I might need to increase the timeline space. However realistically, 90% of the time, I'm only using two tracks and audio track and a video track. So the video track is almost always. My preference is to put the video track on the top and the audio track on the bottom. If you want to switch places, you see these three lines click drag and drop it. So now I have put the audio track on the top and the video track on the bottom. But that's the basic timeline this red vertical bar that you see is called the play head. The play head is a visual representation of where we are in this screen flow project. So, for example, if I have the play head all the way to the extreme left, that is the beginning of my presentation. I know it's the beginning, because if I look at this counter, it says 0.0 That means I'm all the way at the beginning. If I want to move the play head, let's say I wanted to play this clip, but I wanted to start in the middle. I would take the play head and I would drag it to the middle. So now it says, 05 15. That's five seconds and 15 frames. So remember there are 30 frames per second, so this is 15 30th. So that's where I am If I take it and drag it all the way to the end, that tells me that this clip is 11 seconds and one frame long. So the play head is where you are in the presentation. One final thing about the timeline I want to show you is this bar down here at the bottom. This bar allows you to extend laterally. The play head. Watch what I mean. I can either click the magnifying glass or it can click this bar and drag it. So I am clicking this bar and dragging it to the right. Now has this increased the length of my presentation? Know if I go all the way to the right, we can still see that it's 11 seconds in one frame. It hasn't changed anything. All it's done is stretched it out. So why would you want to do this? Well, if I was working precisely on this clip and I wanted to make an edit or a cut, it's much easier to do if you've got more real estate toe work with. Imagine trying to do something very precise if the clip was represented in a kind of squished format. So that's what this bar does at the bottom. If you're doing something precise and you need to really get into the clip, it's easier to work with if you expand it. On the other hand, once you've got several clips going, it can really be unworldly, so you need to bring it back down to kind of see your whole project, and that is the timeline 7. Record a Regular Screencast: we've recorded a static slide with a voiceover. Now let's do the same thing. Except instead of using a static slide, I'm going to do a screen cast of me actually performing some work on my computer. This is a very common use of the screen flow software for my screen cast. I'm going to demonstrate how to create a very quick spreadsheet using Google sheets. So I brought up Google sheets and now I'm going to start my screen cast by hitting Control Z. I'm going to get the countdown, and now I'm going to start talking in this lesson. We're going to quick create a quick Google spreadsheet. I'm gonna enter a column heading and some years and now I'm gonna enter some sales figures . I'm gonna form at the numbers. I'm gonna format the column heading, and now I'm going to create a total. And that is how to quickly create a spreadsheet using Google sheets. When I'm done, I'm simply gonna hit control Z to end my recording. Now that we've recorded the screen cast as usual, I'm going to click drag and drop it into the timeline. First the video and then the audio and there you have it. I'm going to do this one more time, and I just want you to note a couple things. First of all, as I drag the video onto my timeline, as I get closer to the prior clip, it is going to snap into place. That is a very useful feature because it's going to make a seamless transition from your first clip to your next clip. Same thing for the audio. I'm gonna drag this clip down to the timeline. I just click and just keep on dragging it, and it's going to snap in place. It's a so easy as that. 8. Adding an Image File: in this lecture, we're going to import an image file and add it to our project to add the image file. I'm simply going to go to my finder and I'm gonna find that image. I'm going to click on it, drag and drop it into my media folder. Now, to place the image into the actual project. I'm simply going to click on the image drag and drop it onto the timeline. I'm gonna put it on the same track as my video, so I'm just going to drag and drop it until it snaps into place adjacent to my part. Prior clip. And that is how to add an image to your screen flow project to see what that image looks like. You're just gonna grab that play head and make sure the play head is hovering over the image. So now that we can see it, however, you'll notice a couple things, you'll notice that there are these black bars on the left and on the right. The reason you see these black bars is because the image is not in the same aspect ratio as our project. As you will recall, our project is in an HD format, which is a 16 by nine. And it's obvious that this image is not in that same ratio. So we have a few choices. Number one. If we don't mind the way it looks like this, we can just leave it as is, and that could be perfectly fine. A couple of the things we can do. I can click on the image, grab a corner and drag it. So let's say I shrink it a little bit and then re center it. Now we'll see that the black border goes all the way around, and it kind of looks like we did this on purpose and that the black border is like a picture frame. So that's another choice. However, if we don't want to see any of this black border, I can click on the image and click and drag and make the image bigger, and I can grab the opposite corner and keep on going. Now the image is covering the entire project frame, so obviously is going to be cropping now from the top and the bottom. By dragging the image, we can decide. Hey, do we want to crop from the top or do I want to crop from the bottom? I kind of like it like that. And there we have it. Now we've had the image file and we've covered the entire project frame with it. Lastly, we have to decide how long we want this image file to be in the recording. So unlike a video which has a pre defined beginning and end point, an image could stay up as long as you want. So if I click on the image and then look here at the bottom, it says duration, Um, five seconds so we can make this video clip Ah, part of our presentation for as long as we want. If I go to the edge, click drag and drop it. Now this image is going to stay on the screen for 39 seconds. On the other hand, I can drag and drop it in the other direction, and now is only gonna be on the screen for one second. So that is how you determine how long you want this image to be in your project for and that is how to add an image to a screen flow project 9. Adding an Audio Recording: Now we're going to add an audio recording toe our project that we're going to use in conjunction with that image file. I'm gonna start my recording as usual by hitting Control Z wait for the countdown and then began talking. Grasshoppers are among what is probably the most ancient living group of chewing herbivorous insects dating back to the early Triassic period around 250 million years ago. When I'm done with my recording hit Control Z again, as usual, you will see the video clip and the audio clip appear in your media folder. This time, however, we don't need the audio. The video clip. I just want the audio. So I'm going to click on the video clip and hit the delete button to get rid of it. Now I'm gonna take that audio clip, drag and drop it in my timeline and put it right underneath the image file of that grasshopper. But now we have a problem. The audio file is much longer than we have the image for. Well, no problem. I'm simply going to take the image file, grab the corner drag until it snaps into place, and it exactly matches the duration of the audio file. So now we have just added on image file, and we did a voiceover, which we placed with that image. It's that easy. Now let's watch and listen to that image file and the audio clip. I'm going to bring the play head to the start and then click Play. Grasshoppers are among what is probably the most ancient living group of chewing herbivorous insects dating back to the early Triassic period around 250 million years ago, and that's it, adding an audio recording to a screen flow project. 10. Adding a Video Clip: Now we're gonna add a video clip to our project. This is super quick and easy. To add a video clip, I'm going to go to my finder, select the video clip that I want click drag and drop it to my media library. Then I'm gonna take that video clip from the Media Media Library, Click Drag and drop it to my timeline. In this case, I am going to snap it to the end of the last clip, and if you're interested in looking at the video clip, I'll play it now. Once again, you'll see there's a size differential between the 25 60 pixel wide Ah project versus the 1920 with of the actual video. So I'm going to make the match up by dragging and dropping the corners. However, this time there both in the same aspect ratio, so no cropping is necessary. And that's it. Adding a video clip to a screen flow project 11. Recording With Your Webcam: the final type of recording we're going to use is with your webcam, and then we're going to take that Webcam video and create a picture in picture effect. The first thing you're going to do is, once you're in screen flow, go to file, add additional recording once the new recording menu pops up with. One change we're going to make here is to click on the box that says record video from So you can use your built in camera if your computer has one. Or you can use an external camera if you've connected one to your computer, so just select the camera of your choice. And that is the one set up change we're going to make before we begin our recording to record with a webcam. First you're going to click on file, add additional recording. Next, you're going to click on the box next to record video. You're gonna make your recording and finally we're gonna resize that video clip. Okay, now that we've made our recording, we're gonna take our two files and we gonna drag and drop them into place. I'm just gonna snap them next to our prior video, and we're ready to go. Let's take a look at what this looks like to record with a webcam. First you're going to click on file and a new recording. Next, you're gonna tick off the box That says record video. You're gonna make your recording. And then finally, we're gonna resize the video clip. Okay, So you're gonna ask yourself what happened to the webcam? How come I'm Onley seeing my slide and the recording from the Web Can I can't see it. The answer is, if you look here at the timeline, you'll see that my screen recording is on the top and the web camera is on the bottom. So the web camera is behind the screen recording. If I want to be able to see that, um, Web camera, I have to move the web camera in front. So I'm going to click on the clip from the screen capture, and I'm going to move it below. Now we can see both, so we have the web capture and we have the screen. Okay. Obviously we need to move and resize this clip because it's covering our bullet points on our slide. So we're gonna do a couple things. The first thing I'm gonna do is I'm going to crop the image, So I've clicked on the image to make it active. Now I can't just grab a side or grab a corner, because if I click on that and then drag it, it's gonna resize the image. But keep the same aspect ratio. I actually need to crop the image. So instead I'm going to hit the control key. Then you can see these little indicators on the size and the corners. They change from circles. Two rectangles. Now I'm going to click and drag, and this time I'm actually cropping. So I'm cropping from one side Hit the control key. Now I'm cropping from the other side And then finally, I'm gonna hit the control key and then crop from the bottom. So now that has left me with a headshot. And now I'm going to click on the image and drag it into place exactly where I want it, okay? And that is re sizing and cropping the clip. Now let's go ahead and play so you can see and hear what this looks like to record with a webcam. First you're going to click on file at a new recording. Next, you're gonna check off the box that says record video. You're gonna make your recording. And then finally, we're gonna resize the video clip. And that is how to make a recording using your webcam and then inserting it. Picture in picture style to your project. 12. Markers: markers are little indicators that you can put in your timeline that serve as reminders. This will be really quick. Markers are helpful visual reminders. If you want to mark a specific point in the timeline, for example, where the play had hit here. Suppose I'm thinking about maybe potentially splitting the clip, although I'm not sure or possibly I want to come back to it. I can simply right click my mouse and then click Add marker, given a name, whatever you want to name it and then click the create button. Now we can see this little orange flag has appeared. This is a mark, So this is just a reminder that I've got a potential spot here where I may want to do something. And the other nice thing about markers is there also operationally useful because they serve as a snapping point so I can take my play head and it'll snap right onto that marker so it's very useful in that way. To get rid of the marker, simply go to the mark, right click and click delete marker, and that is markers 13. Adding Text: in this lesson, we're gonna add some text to our project. To add text to a project, go to your menu on the upper right and click on the letter T. Then click the plus sign and just start typing, and you can take this text box and you can center it. You can do whatever you like with it. You can change the font. You can change the point size. You can change the color. You can, uh, change the backdrop. For example, I can change the backdrop to read and make your all your usual adjustments right here, and that is adding text. If you drag your play head over the slide, you can see it's just blank, so you can actually just use that text to create a slide. If you don't want to use keynote or Google slides or Power Point, you could just type directly. Ah, and you'll get a slide right here on screen flow. You can click on it and then X drag and drop it if you want the duration longer. So if I only want that this slide to show up for two seconds or 14 seconds or 31 seconds I can make the slide appear as long as I want. And then, of course, I can create a voiceover and insert it into the project, so I'll have a voice to go with the slide or music to go with the slide or anything else that I'd like. So this is how to kind of create your own slides without having to use slide creation software. Suppose I don't want to use the text to make a whole slide. I just want text to briefly appear over another clip. That's easy to do. I'm gonna take my play head and bring it over our grass hopper clip. And suppose I wanted text to briefly appear. I would simply click on the tea and then the plus sign and then enter my text. I could take this text and move it anywhere in the slide that I want. I could make the usual edits to the, um, font, the point size theologian mint. The color of the taxed. This backdrop is useful. I often change the backdrop color to read. If I'm just using the text Teoh point out something I want my audience to see on. You can see right here, down at the timeline, it inserts the text in its own track. I can move this text easily just by clicking and dragging it to the left or the right. This will move it earlier in the timeline or later in the timeline. I can also increase or decrease the length that the text will appear by going to the edge and dragging it and dropping it so I could make it appear for just half a second. Or I can make it appear for, ah, minute or 10 minutes. However long I want that text to appear and that is adding some basic text. So let's just take a quick look at it dating back to early Triassic period around 250 million years ago, and that is adding basic text. Lastly, if you want to get a little fancy, you can add build in and build out animations to the text. I'm not gonna go through every single one, but I'll just click on this. Boxes has build in and, uh, select an animation. So I'm gonna use typewriter to build in and then for build out, I'm going to choose break apart. So just to get you. Ah, so let you see what this looks like. I'm gonna play it again doing herbivorous insects dating back to the early Triassic period around 250 million years ago. And that is basic animations. So you can just test him out yourself and see if there's any that you want to use, and that is adding text. 14. Add Zoom and Pan Video Actions: Let's talk about actions. In particular, the two most important actions for screen flow is zooming and panning video actions. Let's get into it. Let's go back to that clip where we were working with Google Sheets. As you can see, I was working up here towards the upper left portion of the screen. You know, sometimes it's hard to see for your audience on, and it's hard to kind of focus on really, what's important. I mean, look at all this real estate here on the right and on the lower right that it's really unimportant. So to really focus the audience, I may want to zoom in on this upper portion of the screen. So to do that, I'm gonna add a video action. So first you need to click on the clip that you're adding the action, too. So I'm gonna do this screen recording clip right here. Then you're gonna go to the upper right and you give it click on that first icon, which is the video icon. And now you're gonna add an action by clicking the plus sign and the action I'm going to do is to zoom, So I'm gonna click the plus sign and then scale. You see, it's 100%. I'm going to increase it to say 100 35% that. Then I'm going to click and drag, So I'm snapped to the upper left hand corner. So now let's go ahead and play and see what this looks like. I'm going to reverse the play head to just a second before and then now I'm gonna click the play button. Now I'm gonna enter some years for the Rose. And that was a basic zooming video action. Very, very useful. We actually not only zoomed, but we also panned. So suppose I just wanted to pan without the zoom. I'm going to go up here to the top click action, and then I'm simply going to drag and drop my screen. So let's say I wanted to pan to the right. That was a panning action. Now let's take a look at that one. I'm gonna take a play head back a little bit, actually, I'll let you see both actions now there one right after the other. I'm gonna enter some years for the rose now, so that was a basic zoom and a panning action. Now suppose you want to bring it back to full screen? Well, I could click the action button and then bring the scale back to 100% but there's a quicker way to do it. So to bring it back to the original, I'm gonna click action. Then I'm going to click on this icon right here, which is the full screen icon. I'm gonna click on it, and then I may need to drag it into place to snap it there. So now I'm at the basic full screen view once again, and that is basic zooming and panning video actions. 15. Position and Rotation Actions: the next type of video actions, our position and rotation actions. Frankly, I never used these, but you might find them useful. The first video action we're gonna add is a positioning action. So right now, I'm gonna go ahead and click the video action with the plus sign and under position. I'm gonna enter 400 by 400. So essentially, what this is going to do is it is going to move my visible window 400 pixels to the right and then 400 pixels up. So let's just take a quick look at this one. And that was a positional video action. Now let's try some rotational actions. I'm gonna go ahead and activate the clip, then click on action. So under X rotation, you see this little wheel or this little circle with the dark point on it. If you click on it and then rotate it around the wheel, you will see a rotation through the X axis. So that is a X rotation. You've also got why rotation? If I click on this now, it's going to spin along its why axis And then finally we have a Z rotation which is going to spend the entire frame like this. So let's add one X rotation y rotation and Z rotation action and see what it looks like, and that's it positional and rotational actions. 16. Adding Annotations: Now let's add some annotations to our project to add an annotation. You were going to go to the pencil icon up here at the top. Click on that, and now you can see some available annotations. So I'm gonna hit the plus sign. And you can see there are several types of animations line filled in square square outline circle and kind of freehand. Let's start with this straight line. So I'm just going to click, drag, drop and then release. And so now I have a line. Aiken, grab an end point and I could move the line. I could make it longer shorter. I can change the position of the endpoints. I could move the entire thing and do anything I want. I can change the color easily. So, for example, let's say I want to make it red. Excuse me. Let me try that again. I can change the color to red. I can change the opacity of the line. I could change the thickness of the line, Um, shadowing outline. I can also change the endpoints. So, for example, if I want the endpoint to be an arrow, I can change it to a narrow so this is very useful to screen flow. So, for example, you're doing this project on how to do a spreadsheet and you want to point out a specific button. You could just create a narrow annotation, Teoh point wherever you want. So that is a simple line annotation. I'll quickly show you a couple more. So we're gonna hit the plus sign and then they filled in square. This gives you obviously a filled in square. You can change the color. You can change the size. You can change the shape you can move it wherever you want. Next is the square outline. So this gives you the outline of the square. You can change the thickness color opacity. You move it wherever you want. Next will do the circle. So this gives you the circle. And then finally the free hand which just let you kind of draw a free hand line. So those are all the basic types of annotations 17. Video Motion Actions: Let's check out a couple video motion actions. I'm gonna need something to demonstrate the action with. So I'm just going to create some text. So going up to the upper right hand corner, I'm gonna click on the tea and click add text, and I'll type something in here. Video motion. Okay, so now you can see down here in the timeline. This is that tax that I just created. Now I'm gonna add a video motion action. So we're going to go to our menu of icons up at the top, and we were gonna click on the one that's the third from the left. It's kind of this circle and I'm gonna click on that. And this is the video motion menu. So I'm gonna add inaction by clicking the plus sign, and the default duration is half a second. I'm just going to make it a little bit longer so you can see it better. I'm just going to say one second. Now I'm gonna move the play head toothy end of the video action, and then I'm going to move my texts all the way to the right. Now I'm gonna move my play head to the beginning of the action, and I'm going to move my text to the left. So watch what happens now when I click on the play button so you can see this video motion action so you can see the video motion action, um, moved the, um, the element from left to right. I can create another video motion action I can hit. Plus, And this time, the end of the action is going to be the left. And now I'm gonna move my play head to the beginning. The beginning is going to be the right. So now watch. When I go back to the beginning of this clip and you'll see both actions in action there I had one video motion action which moved my element from left to right. And then I had another element which moved it from right to left. Of course, you're not limited to just left and right. We can do up and down as well. So I'm gonna add a video motion action to this image, and the end point will be down here and then I'm going to move the beginning point up there and there We have an up and down. I can add some effects to the video motion by clicking the effect box. You've got three choices. Gravity Spring in pulse. I'll just show you spring and you can see what looks like. And you can control the spring effect with the sliders and you can choose gravity or pulse as well. I'll leave it up to you to explore what they look like, but that is adding an effect to your video motion. 18. Freehand Callout Actions: in this lecture, we're going to demonstrate a free hand call out. Suppose you're using screen flow to do an online demonstration, and for some reason you were demonstrating a website and you had some information that you did not want to show your audience. So, for example, you have to go into a website and enter your email or password, and you need to keep it private. Well, one of the things you could do to cover it up while still showing the audience What they need to see is to use a free hand call out. So go to the top of your screen and you're going to go to the call out menu, which is this circle with an arrow in it. You're gonna click on that and then click on the create action button. So under call out, we're going to select FREEHAND, and then you have a choice of round or square. I'm going to keep it square, and I'm going to go in here to what I want covered and I gotta click, drag and drop. So I'm going to cover that email address and now under blur, I'm going to drag and drop until it gets blurry enough so you can't really read it assed faras opacity goes, Ah, I don't need any opacity here, so I'm just going to bring it back down to ah, zero. And there you have it. That is a free hand call out so I can demonstrate anything I need to demonstrate on this website. And, um, you won't see what I need covered. Now, if you go down here to the timeline, you'll see this call out is ah, this call that action is this yellow, um, action indicator. If you want it to last the entire clip, you would just take this action and drag and drop the end to match the duration of this freehand call out to the duration of your video clip. That way your audience will have this blurred out the entire time. And that is a free hand call out action 19. Mouse Cursor Callout Actions: Now let's demonstrate a mouse cursor call out. Suppose I wanted my audience to really follow my mouse closely. I can add a mouse. Call out action. Well, to do that, I'm going to go to the call out menu, which is the circle with the arrow. I'm going to click at action, and this time I'm going to choose mouse cursor. We could see the mouse cursor. Here is this highlighted circle so I can make it stand out by increasing the opacity that basically the higher the opacity, that that makes everything else darker. So let's say if the A pass ity is zero, you won't see it at all. So I'll just make the opacity. Let's call it, say, 50%. So, uh, that's basically it. Aiken. Zoom it up a little bit as well to make it larger. Now let's take a quick look at what that looks like. I'm going to move my play head a little bit before and let's take a look. Com Heading. So that is a mouse cursor. Call out to make the call out mouse cursor. Call it longer. Simply go to the timeline. Click on the call out action drag and drop the length and you'll keep that mouse cursor call out going that is a mouse cursor action. 20. Foreground Window Callout Actions: in this lecture, we're going to demonstrate the foreground window. Call out First off, what is a foreground window? Well, let's suppose I open something. Say my system preferences, and it pops open in a window. This, in fact, is a foreground window because it is a window number one and number two, it is in the foreground. It is on top. Suppose I wanted this to pop out more and make it really stand out and easy for my audience to follow. I can add a foreground window. Call out to add the foreground window. Call out. I'm going to go to my call out menu thes circle with the arrow in the middle. I'm gonna click action, and this time I'm going to select foreground window. So as you could see, two things happened. Number one, the background dark. And because of this opacity, 75% is the default. Aiken darken it to anything I want. So let's say 50% 60% on, and the second thing you can really do is to zoom it up, so it's easier to see that increases the magnification. And then, lastly, I'm going to add a little build in and build out. That means it'll. It won't just pop up instantaneously. It'll take a little time to build, and then also on the way out, it's going to build. So let's take a quick look at what this looks like. I'm gonna take my cursor, my my play head, move it a little before, and now let me hit the play button so you can see what it looks like. Suppose I wanted this to pop out more, and that is adding a foreground window call out. 21. Mouse Pointer Options: in this lecture, we're going to review some options for your mouse pointer to work on your mouse pointer options. Go to the menu at the top and click on the screen recording icon, which is the fourth from the left. It looks like a computer monitor, and I'm gonna add a couple of different actions. The first action I'm gonna add is for the click effect to be Radar. And then I'm gonna add an action for a click effect to be invert, which is to invert the color from black to white. And then finally, I'm gonna add an action to increase the size of the mouse pointer. All right, now let's take a look at what this looks like. I'm gonna move my play head to the beginning of the clip and click play, and that is how to change the appearance of your mouse pointer using mouse pointer. Option actions 22. Keyboard Options: Let's review a couple options you have for your keyboard. I'm going to go to my screen recording icon at the top, and this time I'm going to click on this box that says, Sound on Click. What this is going to do is every time I click my mouse, it is going to give a little clicking sound, and this is actually surprisingly helpful. It really lets you know your audience when you're actually clicking the mouse and doing something. It makes it easier for them to follow. So let's listen to a quick example of this in action. Let's look at a couple keyboard options again from the screen recording menu right here under keyboard. I'm going to click on this box that says Show keystrokes. So you have a couple different options here. The 1st 1 is to show all keystrokes, and the 2nd 1 is to show on Lee the modifier keys. So first I'm going to demonstrate, showing all keystrokes for this next demonstration. Instead of showing all keys, I'm only going to show the modifier keys like shift command control on things like that. By the way, you can also adjust the size of the keystrokes, the height, the position and so forth. Okay, so this is showing the modifier keys, and that is a couple of your keyboard options. Super simple. 23. Opacity Cropping and Reflections: Our final lesson in this section will cover opacity, cropping, reflections and shadows. I've created a text box. Now I'm going to my video editing icon, which is the 1st 1 on the left. I'm gonna click on action and I'm going to drag the opacity from 100% all the way down to zero. Basically, zero turns something completely transparent. And now let's take a look at what this action looks like. I'm gonna take my play head and bring it just before the action and click play, and that is adding an opacity action. Now let's add a cropping action. I have a photo and you'll see this is already cropped a little bit from top and bottom. But I'm gonna add in action to crop it even more So right here in the video menu which is the icon in the upper left, I'm gonna click action and then under cropping, you can see I have left right top and bottom. I'm going to crop. Let's say about 100 pixels or so from the left and right. And from the top I'm gonna crop Oh, 400 from the top and 400 from the bottom. Okay, Now, let's take a look at what this action looks like. I'm gonna bring the play head back to the beginning, and now here it ISS That is a cropping action. Now we're gonna add a reflection action in my video menu, I'm going to click on action. And this time I'm gonna check off the box that says reflection and less increase the reflection, too, you know, 100%. And let's go ahead and take a look at what this action looks like. And that is a reflection action. Lastly, I'm gonna add a drop shadow to this text box. I'm not gonna make it an action. I'm just going to click on the drop shadow box just so you can see what it looks like. The last thing I wanted to mention is that I made opacity and cropping and reflection into actions. You actually don't need an action. If you just want the reflection, for example, to be static, just click off the box and it'll be there the entire time without making an action. So you got you have your choice either static or actions. And that is opacity cropping reflections and shadows 24. Editing Basics: Splitting and Moving Clips: we're going to begin learning how to edit by covering some basics, including splitting, moving and deleting clips. But first, I'm gonna play this brief video clip example. In this lecture, we're going to discuss the architecture of San Francisco. Next will discuss the architecture of New York City and finally will discuss the architecture of Sydney, Australia. Suppose I want to edit this clip and get rid of the section about Sydney. I just want to go with San Francisco New York, and then I want to stop. Well, I'm going to get rid of that part of the clip. So first, just to make it visually easier to work with, I'm going to click on this magnifying glass to expand the timeline. So now we can see here the San Francisco, New York and Sydney. I'm going to move the timeline to excuse me. The play had to just about close to the edge of where it's gonna transition from New York to Sydney. And now you can see here on the timeline. I'm a 27 seconds and four frames. I'm gonna click the right arrow and there we have it beginning at 27 seconds and five frames is where we made the transition from New York to Sydney. So I'm gonna go to that last frame that shows New York and then I'm going to split this clip. As you can see down here in the timeline, I've got video and audio. I want both to be highlighted, so I'm going to click on my shift key and then activate both now to split. I'm going to click on the letter T, and now I can take this clip of Sidney as well as the audio that went with it and simply click on the delete key on my keyboard and they're gone and that's it. And now my cup on Lee has the part where I talk about San Francisco and New York, and I've on I've edited out the section about Sydney. It's is easy as that in this lecture. We're going to discuss the architecture of San Francisco. Next, will discuss the architecture of New York City and finally will discuss the architecture of Sydney, Australia. In this lecture, we're going to discuss the architecture of San Francisco. Next will discuss the architecture of New York City as far as moving clips it is super easy . Suppose I want to switch places. I want to take this clip and move it in place of this clip. Well, I can simply take this clip. I'm gonna click the shift key and activate both the video and audio track and click and drag it and I can drag it anywhere I want. I'm gonna drag it to the end Now I want to get rid of this empty space. So how to do that? Well, they're a couple different things I can do. I can simply click on everything here, make sure I've clicked on both tracks, and then I can drag and drop. However, there's another quicker way that I don't even have to activate anything. I can simply go to my play head and click on the bottom end of the of the play head Click drag and drop it to the end of the prior clip, and that's it. So two different ways to move your clips around, and that's the editing basics of splitting clips, deleting clips and moving clips 25. Editing Basics: Inserting a Clip: in this lesson, we're going to insert a clip into the timeline. Suppose I have a new clip and I want to insert it somewhere in the middle of my timeline. So far in this course, when we've created new clips, we've recorded new clips. We've always dragged them to the end of the prior clip. But what if we want to put it somewhere in the middle? Suppose I wanted to insert a new clip between this clip and this one. Well, how do we do that? Well, first thing I'm gonna do is I'm gonna create some space. So I'm gonna take the play head and move it in between the two clips. The insertion point. I'm gonna click on the bottom end of the play head drag and drop. It doesn't really matter how far I move it. I just want to create a good amount of space. Now I can take my new clip, drag and drop it into place. And then now I need to close the gap. I got two choices. I can simply click on the clips, drag and drop it, or I can move the play head to the beginning. Andi, click and cook the bottom of the play head and then drag it to the left. So those air two ways that I could move these clips and now I'm done. I have inserted the new clip somewhere in the middle instead of adding it to the end, and that is how to insert a clip. 26. Video Color Controls: suppose you want to adjust a videos, saturation, brightness or contrast. You will use video color controls to do this. So let's take a quick look at it before I show you the video color controls. I'm just gonna play a brief video clip that will use for the demonstration to adjust the video controls. You'll go to your video menu, which is the icon on the left, and you'll click on color controls. There you will see saturation, brightness and contrast. Saturation increases or decrease the amount of color. So if I go all the way to the right, that is extreme color saturation. And if I go all the way to the left, bringing saturation to zero that will essentially turn the image into a black and white video brightness is pretty self explanatory, making it more bright. I will move it to the right, making it less bright. I'll move it to the left, and finally there's your contrast, adding it. Sliding it to the right increases your contrast. Sliding it to the left decreases the contrast, and that is your basic color controls. Keep in mind that on screen flow, the color controls are a sledgehammer not a scalpel. If you really are doing some serious color control work, you will want to use more professional video editing software. Screen flow is primarily designed for screen capture projects, and so we only have these limited degree of video controls, but they can be useful when needed, and that is the video color controls. 27. Transitions: this lesson will cover transitions, which are the effects that you see between clips. When your project moves from one clip to the next without a transition, it's just going to do so very abruptly. So, for example, take a look at these two clips one right after the other. When it moved from San Francisco to New York, you'll see that it just does so abruptly with no transition of any kind. Now that's perfectly fine. If that's the look you're going for. However, if you want to add a transition, this will give it a much smoother shift from one clip to the next. So how do you add a transition? Well, first, I'm gonna click on the first clip. Then I am going to right click and then click. Add an ending transition. So if you look here, you will now see this letter A and this line here on the clip that lets you know there is a transition. So let's now play it again and see what that does. So now you can see that San Francisco kind of faded out before we got to New York. I'll play it one more time. I can also add a transition to the beginning of a clip. So now I'm going to click on this New York, click a clip right click and add a starting transition. Now you'll see this letter A and this vertical line lets you know that there's a starting transition. So now let me play this whole thing again so you'll see an ending transition off of San Francisco and then a beginning transition off in New York. So watch if that look is very familiar to you. It should be because I use it quite often when I do my own screen flow projects. So that is adding a transition to the end of a clip and to the beginning of a clip. You can change the transition type by hovering over the transition, and then you'll see this gear appear. Click on it and then you'll see many different kinds of transitions to choose from. The default is cross dissolve, which is a very good default. It basically just fades out and then fades in. It's a very unobtrusive transition, and you you're probably familiar with it because I use it all the time and matter of fact, it's the only one I really use. However, I'm gonna go to flip over for the ending transition there. And then I'm going to go to Grid Wipe for the starting transition there. And now let's take a look. I'll do one more. So this time I'll change this one, too. Jaws wipe, and I'll change this one, too. Ah, radio wipe. Now let's take a look. Lastly, there's another way to get a transition that I think is really attractive. I'm gonna click on my second clip. I'm going to drag and drop it to the left. So now you see, it's overlapping the prior clip. Now watch what happens when I do that. It's just a gradual fade from one clip to the next. I think this is a really attractive transition on. You don't even need to do anything but drag and drop. Removing transitions is super easy. I'm simply going to right click on a clip, and now I'm going to click, click on a remove ending transition. Now I'm going to right click on the next clip, and I'm going to remove the starting transition, and now they're gone. I just want to leave you with one final thought. Transitions are lots of fun, and you can go down a rabbit hole and end up playing with him a lot. But I just caution against over doing it with the transitions. If you have a lot of crazy transitions, it will make your project look amateurish. So when in doubt, just stick with the basic cross, dissolve and try to be tasteful with your transitions, and that is transitions. 28. Adjusting Video Speed: in this lecture, we're going to adjust the speed of a video clip and also add a freeze frame. First, I have a very brief video clip. I'm gonna play it in normal speed to adjust the speed of the video clip. I'm going to right Click on the clip and then select show clip, Inspector. Now, this little window is gonna pop up. It tells you that the clip is six seconds long. If we want to speed up the clip, that means we're gonna be making it shorter than six seconds. I'm gonna take the speed, click on the slider and then drag it to the left. So now you can see I have shortened the clip toe 1.7 seconds, which makes it 351% of the speed. So it's gonna be a lot faster. So now let's take a look. If I want to slow down the clip, I would simply again, right click show clip, Inspector. Except in this time, instead of shortening the clip, I'm going to lengthen it. So instead of 100% now I get we need to go less than 100%. So now for example, I'm going to go at 48%. So let's take a look. So, as you can see, this is basically slow motion. Finally, the last thing we're gonna do here, under the clip Inspector, is you can also play the clip in reverse, and that is adjusting the speed of a clip using Be clip Inspector. Suppose I wanted to pause my video clip somewhere in the middle. Say, right here, wherever my play head is, and I wanted to create a still image here. Maybe I'm going to do a little bit of a voiceover before continuing. Well, to do that, I'm gonna add a freeze frame simply right. Click on the clip and then select Add freeze frame. This has added a still image in the middle of this video clip. I can adjust the length of a still image. For example, if I wanted it longer, I would move my play head till the end of it, drag the bottom of the play head to create more space, and then take that freeze frame and extend it. So that is adding a freeze frame in the middle of a video clip, and that is adjusting the video speed as well as adding a freeze frame 29. Getting Good Sound: Audio Basics: having good quality audio for your screen flow project is just a Zim porton as having good quality video. When you listen to a recording, whether it's on YouTube or maybe you to me or some kind of training video and the audio is bad, you just don't even want to go through it. So it's very important that you get a good sound. The most important thing you can do is to use a riel microphone, so do not use the built in microphone on your computer. That's simply not going to cut it. Nor is a cheap headset mic going to cut it, either. You need to get a riel microphone, preferably a USB microphone that you can just plug directly into your computer. For example, What you're listening to now is my microphone, which is a road anti USB microphone. It's kind of on the expensive side at $169 US. I think it sounds great, but you definitely don't need to spend this much. And in the next lecture I'm going to give you some more recommendations on some great sounding but less expensive microphones. But the main thing is, you need to use a riel microphone. How do you know you've got proper sound levels? Well, take a look at this audio. Track it down. Here you'll see the green, which represents the sound waves, and you can see that it goes all the way to the top of the track and all the way to the bottom of the track. And the tops and bottoms are tipped in red. This tells you that there is audio clipping, in other words, that there is distortion because the sound wave is just simply too loud. So this tells you that you're definitely recording at a level that's too high. So how do you adjust this one? A couple things. If your microphone has an output adjustment, you can adjust your microphone. But if not, you can simply go to system preferences. Click on sound and then right here at the top. You want to make sure you select input and then select your microphone that you're gonna be using and you can see this slider. You can just adjust the input volume up or down. If you see this input level consistently going all the way to the right all the way to the top. That means you're clipping and probably distorting. So you need to scroll this indicator more towards the left. So that is how to adjust the input volume. Now suppose that you've already recorded the clip, the video and the audio, and for some reason you can't redo it or redoing the audio is not practical. Is there anything we can do to the clip itself? Yes, we can adjust the volume of the clips, simply go to the top. And this time we're going to click on the audio menu, which is the second from the left. It's the speaker. Click on it and I've got this clip active so I can simply take this volume and bring it down. And I'm gonna bring it down to a level that kind of looks sort of like that. Um, this is not perfect. It is far better to get the input volume incorrect while recording. But if you have no other choice, you can adjust the input volume right here by using that volume slider, and that is audio basics. Makes sure you give your audio the attention it deserves 30. Recommended USB Microphones: Choosing a microphone really is not a screen flow topic. It's more of an audio recording topic, but it's so important that I decided to do this brief demonstration of three types of microphones. The first type of microphone will demonstrate is the built in microphone on my I Mac. As you can hear, it's tinny, it's echoey, and it is quite unpleasant. It would be very fatiguing toe. Listen to this for an entire video, so definitely you don't want to use the built in Mac or computer microphone. The next type of microphone will listen to is from a USB headset in this case a logic tech headset. It sounds better than the built in I mak microphone, namely, because the microphone is much closer to my mouth. However, it's still a little bit unpleasant, and you definitely wouldn't want to use it. It doesn't really sound professional, and this, of course, brings us back to my microphone, which is a road USB microphone. It is richer, it is much more free of distortion and echo, and it just sounds much more pleasant and professional toe listen to. And lastly, here are a few recommended USB microphones. You definitely want to ensure that whatever microphone you order, it is a USB microphone, so you can just take it with the attached cable and just plug it directly into your computer. Simple is that the Samsung Q to you, Audio Technica 82,005 and the Blue Yeti Nano will all sound great probably will sound very similar to the microphone you're listening to right now, and all can be had for a very reasonable price, and that is some recommended microphones. 31. Detaching Audio From a Clip: in this lesson. We're going to detach audio from a clip. I've added a video clip to my timeline, and I'll just play for a couple seconds so you can see and hear it Lift off of space shuttle Atlantis Mission to build resupply. Had to do research. Okay, Now, typically, you've seen video and audio on separate tracks. In this case, you can see their combined in this file here, I've got both video and audio. So suppose I wanted to separate it into separate tracks? Why would I want to separate audio from the video? Well, suppose I didn't want to use the audio. Maybe I just wanted to do my own voice over or just wanted to have music in the background or something like that. Ah, I need to separate the video from the audio. So I am going to right, click, clip, click, and then just select detach audio. And now it's like you're used to seeing I've got the video on top and I've got the audio file on the bottom. If I don't want to use this audio file, I can simply hit the delete key on my keyboard. And it's gone now. I'm just left with the video to use however I like. And that is detaching audio from a clip 32. Adding a Musical Soundtrack: in this lesson, we're gonna add a musical soundtrack to a video clip. Plus, we're gonna learn about audio ducking. I have added a brief video clip with a voice over. I'm going to quickly play it for you. Now, in this video, we're gonna learn how to adjust saturation, color and contrast using the screen flow color controls. Now I wanna add some background music to that video clip and voice over. So I have added a MP three file to my media library. I'm gonna click, drag and drop it right underneath that video clip. So there is an obvious mismatch here between the length of the video clip and the length of the music file. So I'm going to go to the end of the video clip, click on the music and then click on the letter T to split the clip and then delete the rest. So now I have a music file that exactly matches the length of my video. Okay, now let's play the clip and see, Just alright, I'll stop right there. The music is way too loud. Obviously, Weaken barely hear the voice over, so I'm going to click on that musical track. Now I'm going to go to the top where says audio and I'm simply gonna take the volume and bring it down So it waas 70. I'm gonna bring it down to, like, 22% 21%. And now let's listen to this video. You're gonna learn how to adjust saturation. That's much better. Now we have a much more balanced sound between the voice over and the background background music track in the case where I've got a couple different tracks, one of which is a voice over. One of the things that I could do is obviously just reduce the volume of the background music. But I have another choice. I can click on the voiceover audio track and then go up to my audio controls and then click on this ducking box, and I have the ducking set at 16%. What this means is that when there's this everything else other than this audio track is going to play at 16% of its normal volume. So now let's take a quick look at what the clip looks and sounds like in this video you're gonna learn how to adjust saturation, so there you have it ducking a quick way to adjust the other audio tracks so that your main track, which is the voice over it, can be clearly held, and that is audio ducking. 33. Exporting Your Finished Project: we're now at the finish line. So what do you do when you've done recording and editing your screen flow project? Well, you need to export it in a format that fits your needs. That's what we're going to do right now. To export your project, go up to the menu at the top and click file export right here at the top. You can enter a name for your project, and you can save it at the location of your choice. You've got a choice of automatic or manual. Let me cover automatic first. This is the default settings, and I use this all the time. So pretty much every single lecture that you've seen in this course and pretty much all my courses have been created using the automatic setting the normal encoding quality, which is pretty high 6000 kilobytes per second on the audio at 1 28 So this is perfectly fine for almost any use. I use 10 80 p for my resolution. Letterbox content just means if the window is not 10. 80 p, it'll create black bars at the top or bottom. But really, since I'm using the full window, you don't really see it. Ah, and that's it. I don't use motion blur. This is if it's really jumpy and you need to smooth out your video, it'll give you a preview of the file size and simply click the export button and it'll just take a minute or two to export. That is the automatic setting. That is what I use 100% of the time. It works beautifully. Your other choice is to use manual exporting, which I never use, but certainly it's available. The default preset for manual exporting is Web High Web high resolution. This is the one you'd probably use most of the time. Web low is only if you're creating this video. That's meant for people with slower Internet connections Lost less and pro rez is probably for use. If you have a larger project that you're going to be using more professional video editing software for and you wanted to bring in this project, you would probably use that you could do audio only IOS app store preview format, iPhone, X iPhone, Apple TV, Instagram, Jeff and so forth. So those are the different presets. You can customize them by clicking the customized button. If you had a need for a different frame rate, data rate or Kodak, you would use that I never really go in there on then you can also adjust the resolution. You can choose, you know, 7 20 p 10 80 p or a percentage of the original or intra custom amount, and then go ahead and click export. Lastly, you can go to file, and instead of exporting, you can publish directly to video YouTube, Google drive, dropbox and so forth. So if you choose one of these options, for example, YouTube, Um, it'll give you some, uh um, options here, like, what is your preferred resolution and frame rate? But then, if you click the sign in button, this will take you to your YouTube sign in, and you can upload the video directly to your account. So, uh, this is just another option for you. Personally, I think it's probably better to just save it on your hard drive first and then uploaded to YouTube. But this is an option for you, and that is exporting your project. 34. How to Reduce the File Size: I'm going to show you one quick tweak to get smaller file sizes. Why would you want a smaller file size? Well, couple reasons. Number one up loading, saving downloading is just quicker, and it'll also take less space on your hard drive. So here's how to do it. I mentioned before how, when I export in my projects, I use automatic normal simply because it's high quality. It meets my needs. I don't really have to think about anything. I'm just using the default. However, if you look here down at the estimated file size 84 megabytes, suppose you want to decrease the file size. You know, maybe you're running out of hard drive space, or you just want quicker uploads and downloads. If you goto autumn from automatic and you change that to manual and you use Web high, while the encoding at Web High is 3000 killer bits per second, which is only half of what the automatic is, and as a result, if you look at the estimated file size, it got almost cut in half 45 megabytes. Will you notice the difference? No. It depends for a project like a typical screen flow project like you've been watching in this whole course, you're not gonna notice the difference. So if you just want to take the extra second to go manual, you'll save yourself some file size. If you're doing a high quality high rez video, maybe you're doing a four K video and it's high resolution. Yeah, you probably I would want to go to the 6000 kill bits per second, but, you know, most of the time you're not gonna be able to see it, and that's how to quickly save some file size. 35. Best Practices: before we wrap things up, I just want to leave you with a couple best practices. Number one. Get close to your microphone. I'm speaking probably about five or six inches maximum from my microphone. If you get further away than that sound quality will go down. It'll sound tinny er and echoey. So if you want a rich sound from your microphone, get close. If you are an online instructor, please keep your lectures short. There's only a limited amount of time that we can concentrate on each lecture, and you add too many things to the lecture. It will be hard to follow and hard to retain, so just try to teach one or two concepts with each lecture and keep them short. Perfect is the enemy of the good Don't record elector, or don't record a clip 15 20 times to make it absolutely perfect so you can eliminate every , um, every eye. Every breath good enough is good enough. If you strive for perfection, you will just find yourself not moving forward at all. Remember to go easy on the transitions, graphics, motions and special effects. Too much of that stuff will make your presentation look amateurish right and not serious. So just go easy on the transitions and the effects. You don't really need them to make a great looking presentation. And finally, don't wait too long. It's always easy to put things off. Oh, I'll get started when I've upgraded my computer or when I've got that new piece of software . Or maybe when my kids a literal, are a little older. Maybe when I have more time will you keep on waiting for that perfect day to get started? Whatever your project is, whatever your goal is, you're never going to get there. It's just in excuse that never ends. So just get started today. Even if you've got only 20 minutes today to get started, just do it before you know it, Those 20 minutes every single day will accumulate and you will really have accomplished something. So just get going. And that's it for screen flow. Nine. Thanks for listening to the presentation and good luck with your projects 36. My Setup: for those of you that are interested, mainly just for fun. I'm going to show you my set up. I just wanted to show you my set up for fun. What you're looking at here is simply a Nike ad desk lamp. I put it on my desk, and I have it peeking out over my monitor directly facing my face. You need tohave light on your face if you want a decent looking Webcam video. Moving to the left is my audio Technica, 80 are 2100 mike. You'll see it has a windscreen over the end, and it's also housed in that elastic housing, which is called a shock mount that prevents the microphone from picking up any noise if I accidentally were to jar or move my desktop. In addition to the windscreen, I have a second pop filter, which is that device that you see in front of mind microphone and says $10 device. It's a just thin screen that helps reduce the PLO sieve sounds. When you make that p sound, this is my heil pl to t articulating Mike Clamp. It just clamps directly onto the side of my desk, very securely and it swings out of place when I'm not using my microphone and I could make many adjustments on here. It's just very convenient. Lastly, here's my 27 inch iMac. That's where the recording happens. And, as you can see, I'm watching the Yankee game while I'm working. All right, that's it. Thanks for listening.