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ScreenFlow Fast-Track: 12-Minute Crash-Course in ScreenFlow

Rued Riis, Tall, techy teacher.

ScreenFlow Fast-Track: 12-Minute Crash-Course in ScreenFlow

Rued Riis, Tall, techy teacher.

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6 Lessons (12m)
    • 1. What is ScreenFlow Fast-Track?

    • 2. Prepare and Execute a Strong ScreenFlow Recording

    • 3. ScreenFlow Interface Navigation, Media Library, Audio and Screen Recording

    • 4. Cut clips, Manage Tracks and Change Canvas Color in ScreenFlow

    • 5. Zooms, Callouts, Annotations, Texts and Custom Styles in ScreenFlow

    • 6. Import of External Media and Export of ScreenFlow Project to MP4 file

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Buckle up and push play on this 12-minute crash course on how to use ScreenFlow to record high-quality screen-recordings on your mac computer.

This is the course I wanted myself when starting out with ScreenFlow back in 2014; a high-paced introduction to the basics needed to do a quick screen recorded video.

This is not a copy of ScreenFlow's own tutorials. It's not another 3-hour course that drags you through every single functionality of how the entire ScreenFlow program works.

No—here's a series of quick insights, tips, tricks and methods for you to go from 0 to (somewhat of a) hero. Admitted; you won't be a ScreenFlow expert after these 12 minutes, but you will be able to record and produce a great screen-recording at the end of the last lesson.

The first 20% of any piece of software is all you need to put it to good use. By teaching you the essentials, you'll quickly get to a point where you know more than enough to create marketing material, e-learning, internal training or whatever your context demands.

Enjoy the course - I'm sure you'll take away a lot and get hungry for diving deeper into the beautiful piece of software that ScreenFlow is.

Rued C. Riis.

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Rued Riis

Tall, techy teacher.


Animator, entrepreneur, guitarist, tall blogger and native Copenhagener.

I'm building up my portfolio of courses on animation, video creation, voice-over recording, marketing, skills acquisition and much more. All learned through a 10-year career working as an entrepreneur and in startups of various sizes.


I believe strongly in utility of skills; if it can't be applied, it's not worth much. So, in my courses, you'll find a practical focus, high information density and a strong attention to entertainment levels as I myself can't watch a boring course.


I'm super excited to be part of Skillshare and to be teaching my courses in here. I hope you will have a look on what I have in store for you, and feel free to reach out if you have anything ... See full profile

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1. What is ScreenFlow Fast-Track?: Welcome to the ScreenFlow fast-track. My name is root and I'll be a pilot today as we fly through the most essential ScreenFlow features, you need to get started. Every sentence of this course has been thought through in order to not waste a single second of your time. Only the features that I find most essential and useful at all. All the nice to have a faster for you to explore your own when you need them. I'll briefly walk you through how to prepare for your recording and how to do a great recording. Then we'll talk more in detail about the tools used to edit your recording. And finally, how to export your project out of screen flow so you can upload it on YouTube or wherever you need it to go. I won't ask you to do specific tasks are exercises at certain points. Instead, I expected to have ScreenFlow open and follow along as I walk you through each components. If I'm moving too fast, just pause the course and practice in Screenflow for yourself for a moment. With that said, let's take off. 2. Prepare and Execute a Strong ScreenFlow Recording: Before you start your screen recording, you first need to know a few things. Sound quality is important. It's worth it to buy a cheap USB microphone and plug it into your computer before you hit record, your built-in microphone will work, but spending just $50 on a slightly better one makes your recordings so much more professional. Screen dimensions is another thing. Mac computers have different screen dimensions than most other laptops and external monitors. Max greens are a little taller. My advice is to either record on an external monitor or accept the Black bass left and right. That may show when your Mac screen recording is played on a non Mac computer. And then a word on video recording. If you are recording yourself on video on top of your screen recording, then make sure your webcam is of a decent quality that there's enough light on you and that your surroundings are ready for the shoot. And last but not least, make sure personal documents on your desktop are hidden in a folder. In general, makes sure that you don't screen record anything you don't want to be in the final video. It can be removed in the edit, but it's much easier to clean up before you hit record. Final point us before you hit record. Resist the urge to circle your mouse cursor around stuff. There are better ways to highlight things in the Edit afterwards. Remember to bring lots of energy into your voiceover and your video recording. Before recording a full video, tries to do a quick ten seconds test recording, played back, and you'll know if everything is on points. Now, you're ready to do your thing. It record, wait for the Countdown, Show and sell what you want in the recording in the top right corner on the camera icon, or use Shift Command through. Now it's time to look into editing in Screenflow. 3. ScreenFlow Interface Navigation, Media Library, Audio and Screen Recording: This is where you'll spend the larger part of you ScreenFlow time. If you've planned your recording well and thought about what you wanted to say and show, then you'll spend less time here because the recording itself was great. But no matter Watts, you need to know a few basics. What you see here is your canvas, the timeline, and your settings. You can adjust the sizes of each field by dragging its border. And you zoom in and out by pinching your fingers on the mouse pad or by using the plus minus signs, a hidden panel you may or may not have access to is the media library. You pay extra for this. And it allows you to pull in video clips, sound effects, and music from a huge library of stock assets. It's pretty smart with an integrated media library. You just search and filter for what you need and pull it into the timeline. If you have Xs, lets move on. Before we cut our clips into pieces, check the sound of the whole recording. Click your recording. Go to audio in the top right menu and adjust the volume so it's neither too loud and distorted or too low. It's probably fine as it is. And then you can leave the settings as they are assessed a real pain to edit the sound Later on when you've caught your recordings into many, many small eclipse. Another tab to check out from the beginning is the screen recording settings. The coolest thing you can do in here is to show keystrokes and changed the look of your cursor. I normally talk, show keystrokes on when I do tutorials, because then the viewer can see the shortcuts I use and the cursor are usually enlarge a bit. So it's easy to follow around. 4. Cut clips, Manage Tracks and Change Canvas Color in ScreenFlow: Now the overall settings are in place. If you just did your very first screen recording, you probably need to get rid of the first silent seconds and the last awkward seconds way we're looking for the Stop button. You cut away that stuff by dragging at the ends of the clip. You see in the timeline. Remember that you can zoom in and out to make it easier to edit your clips more precisely. If you want to remove stuff in the middle of a clip, just click the clip, choose where you want to split it and then hit t. Now you can edit those new clip ends by dragging them back and forth. You will quickly get the hang of it after a few times. If you have recorded multiple tracks, like your screen and your camera, you'll see multiple tracks and the timeline as well. A good rule of thumb to cut tracks together. What does that mean? It means that in order to not lose the timing and synchronicity between your tracks, you most often want to highlight all your tracks. Place the playhead where you want to cut prestige and then cut away the same pot from all your tracks at the same time. Remember you don't want holes in your video either. So always move all clips together and to the left, otherwise the screen will go black when there's nothing to show, which brings me to another small chip, you can change the color of the canvas so it doesn't go black, but maybe blue or green instead. I normally use my default green color, which is part of my color palette for root You change the canvas cholera in the timeline. Click the color setting and input the hex code for your collar, or select one from the standard colors. Now, let's move on to some more editing tips and tricks. 5. Zooms, Callouts, Annotations, Texts and Custom Styles in ScreenFlow: Click the clip you want to edit. That's always the first step. Then choose one of the top right icons will start with the first one. Video. I really used the settings in here cause my recording usually fits with the canvas. So no need to change size and cravings. What's very useful in here though, is the ability to zoom in on something in your recording. Y assumes importance to use because you most often record your screen in full-screen mode. But the viewer rarely watches your recording in full screen. Therefore, you want to be able to enlarge certain parts of your recording when you're talking about that specific part. When you've clicked your clip, click the plus action button to add an action down in the timeline. Now this dynamic took me awhile to figure out, so I'll try to save you for that time and tries to explain it's simply the colored box symbolizes the transition from where your video clip was. Two-way wanted to go. So there's a before and after. And the quick way to make assume is suggest at the action, leave the playhead where it is and drag in a corner of your video to zoom back to normal at another plus action later in your clip and place the video nicely back into the frame of the canvas. A second way to highlight something is by using call-outs. It's the cursor with a circle around it. Again. Click the clip. You want to apply this call out effect to hit action. Choose the free-hand square and mark the part of your video you want to highlight. I like to add some built-in and build out motion, as well as a bit of zoom up to the highlights. This really leads the eye to that thing you want to emphasize. Do you want more soon, less darkness? This is where you do those things. To see it all in action. Press Space to play a second of your video. If you've applied any building effects, you can't see your call out until you're in the middle of it. Remember this tip also when working with annotations and text later on. And you're thinking why K9 See the thing. Then you just have to move the play head into the middle of the colored block. And there it is. Now, let's add some annotations and some text. Click the annotations menu and hit the plus sign. This creates a whole new bar in your timeline is because the annotation is kind of a new layer on top of your recording. Think of it that way. Next, choose the kind of annotation you wants. I use the arrow a lot. Draw the arrow where you want it and adjust the color and thickness. You can now add some enter and exit effects to the arrow annotations by right-clicking the annotation and select, Add starting and ending transition. You can do this with all clips. And if you want to choose another enter and exit animation, opened the transition inspector and select one you like. A tip that I've used is to go into the general preferences and change the default duration of transitions from 1 second to 2.5th. I like this faster transition and now that I've changed it in the preferences, I don't have to do it for each individual transition in the future. You can also choose another animation for all transitions. If you're not a fan of cross dissolve, let's add some text. Text is very similar to annotations. If the text menu icon, click the plus and write the text you want. Now choose a font. Change the font size, select a text color. You can also give your text a backdrop or background color. If you want a setting to be active, tick the little box to activate it and unfold the settings to make changes. And you can get your texts some enter and exit animations, just like we did with the annotations. But the way to make changes is done in a different way. As you can see here, you don't use the transition than spectra to add enter and exit effects. Though, you customize your built in and build out animations on the right side, less is more so create a nice built-in and bill out animation that fits with your video. After making all these costume changes, you want to save your settings for future textboxes, right? So click the top right square called Styles and save your settings as a new style. Now, next time you add a text box, you can apply your saved style and it'll all have your fonts, colors, and animations already. You can do this for all the different tools. Saved your settings as styles for the next time you use that tool. In the older versions of Screenflow, this is shown as a small caulk and it's called Save as Default instead of style presets. Very handy. Let's move on. 6. Import of External Media and Export of ScreenFlow Project to MP4 file: The last essential ScreenFlow trick I use is the import of media from my computer. Either you just drag and drop it into the timeline or media library, or you go to media library, click plus and choose Add file. For me, it's typically background music and screens of video clips. I want to blend into my project. When you have done it all, you have recorded, May changes, edited clips, edit text and annotations, and blend it in your own extra media. Then you are ready to export the whole thing. Before you export, you need to save your projects. Very important. Next, you export the video by hitting command E or go to the File menu. The simple and easy way to export is to just give your video a name. Choose where to save it. Leave the encoding and resolution as it is. De-select letterbox constant, select, use motion blur. I think it looks cool when the mouse cursor blurs a little and then hit export. This takes some time, depending on the length of your project. Leave your computer with a power supply connected while it exports, and you're done. Now you find your exported video as an MP4 file ready to upload to whatever platform you want to host your video on. And congratulations on completing ScreenFlow fast-track course. These other ScreenFlow essentials are used to create hundreds of videos. The tool can do a lot more, but you should explore all that by yourself when you need it at, in your specific context. As with most software, you only need to know 20% of what he can do to be able to get great value out of it. Now, you're able to do exactly that. Thanks again. And please leave a nice review for the course and some feedback for me on what you thought of this super condensed teaching format. Take care.