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Screenflow 6 For Beginners - How To Create Beautiful Screencast Videos

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    • 1. Screenflow 6 For Beginners Promo

    • 2. How To Use Screenflow 6 For Beginners

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In this course you will learn into depth everything about ScreenFlow 6 in a little over an hour!

You will learn all about ScreenFlow 6 using exercise files and tasks so you will understand the best way!


I'm using version 6, it's the newest version and contains many new features:

In this course you will learn:

  • How to screen record using ScreenFlow
  • How to edit your Screen recording
  • How to show keyboard strokes and mouse clicks
  • How to zoom, cut videos and remove background noise
  • All the possible ways to export
  • How to add captions to your videos

The video is recorded in HD and with a radio production quality microphone.

All the lessons have transcripts that will discuss in word what was instructed in the video lectures.

Even if you goal isn't to record your screen you can still use this software to edit video! It works great!

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Dusty P.

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My name is Dusty Porter. I have been creating content online for over 10 years and education people about technology for almost the same amount. I have a passion for helping people discover their creative abilities and go on the journey with them! One of the greatest joys in life for me is to be able to hear stories of students who have consumed my content and have learned something that will impact their life forever. I appreciate you spending your time with me and taking my courses.

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1. Screenflow 6 For Beginners Promo: Hello and welcome to my course screen Flow six for beginners. If you've ever wanted to create great looking screen cast videos on your Mac, this is the course for you. In this course, you are going to learn. Beginning to end had a use screen flow and how to create beautiful screen cast videos. Whether you want to do demos or APP reviews, website reviews, tutorial videos, whatever you're trying to accomplish in this course. By the end of it, you're going to be a master at creating amazing looking screen cast videos that pop off the screen and really tell a story. So I'm gonna stop rambling on and let you guys go ahead on over and roll in the course, and I look forward to seeing you there. 2. How To Use Screenflow 6 For Beginners: Hey, guys! And welcome to another technology guru video. So in today's video, I'm going to be showing you how to use spring flow six. So all the way from beginning to end, this is a complete beginners guide on how to get started with using screen flow. And this is the newest version just released screen flow six point. Oh, so some new features. I've got a video on that. If you want to know the new features, I'll have the link down below. But I'm going to take you from beginning, creating a project all the way to the nitty gritty details of how to edit and add effects and things like that within screen flow to make your screen cast look awesome. So let's get started. So the first thing you're going to see here when you open up screen flow is an option to go up to file and then go to new. And then when you goto final new, you're going to see this option come available to you here, you're going to see new recording, which will, as you can see here, you can see where you can choose what you want to record so you can record the desktop. You choose whatever desktop you wanna record from, so for me, I have three different displays that I can choose to record from. I always choose this one here because that's always the desktop that I used to record from . If you have a really big desktop, I would recommend not using it to record on, because when you export the video, if it's above 1920 by 10 80 which is 10 80 p is going to look a little distorted or a little stretch. So remember that when creating your videos next, you're going to see something that says recorded video from this will allow you to record video from a camera that you may have mounted on your desktop. Or it will allow you like what I'm doing to record from your Webcam, the Logic tech camera, which I have mounted on top of my display. Now next, you're going to see something that says Record audio. From now in this specific case for me, I record my audio in a separate program, which I would recommend you do as well if you have a program like Adobe Audition or Audacity which is a free program you can use as well. You can record your audio there, edit it, make it sound really good in the export, that audio clip into screen flow to sync up with your video, and it just sounds better and make sure screen cast even that much better. So that's how you record the audio. Once you click that there, you'll be able to monitor how much audio input you're getting if your levels are right, and then choose what audio source you want to use to record from. And then you could also select this option here, which shows you can record computer audio. The next page will allow you to set the desktop frame rate. Always leave that at automatic. And don't mess with any of this stuff here. Next, you're going to see something that says New document. Now this allows you to create a brand new document to import video and audio into so you're not actually recording anything. You're just bringing in video and audio clips to put together to create a new screen cast. So when you do that, always choose 1920 by 10 80 unless you have a special case to where you're trying to create a screen cast of a specific size. But I always recommend doing at least 10 80 p, which is 1920 by 10 80 then click the little paper icon here at the bottom and then issue can see here that will create a blank template for you to start from. So this is a great segue way into this portion of the tutorial. So once you've decided to record or you've decided to create a new screen cast, which is what you see here, I'm going to take you around the u I and show you what everything does. Now this down here is going to be your timeline. Everything you see here from left to right on the bottom of your screen is your timeline. You can click and hold this year and drag up or dragged down to increase or decrease the size of your timeline. What I normally like to do, because I normally have a lot of different clips and things to adjust in the timeline is actually zoom out with the mouse will, or you could just zoom in and out a different way with the keyboard is. I'll zoom out to about that size right there and then dragged the timeline up a little more , and that allows me to be able to edit and doom or fine tuned details within the screen cast as opposed. If I had a decreased way down here so you can adjust that by dragging it up and down. The next thing I want to show you is this year the little crop icon on the left hand side. This will allow you to adjust the canvas size. It will also allow you to adjust the color of the canvas. So as you can see here, if I click the little color icon there, I can go here and select a different color for my canvas. Now I'm not going to do that because normally you want it to be black or white dependent upon what you're trying to do or accomplish with your video. You can go here and select this option here, which will allow you to record a specific area or region of the screen. And then once you have all of these settings the way you want, click the green check mark there and it will apply those settings. As you can see, I now have a green canvas. Well, let's leave it as green because it'll stand out and allow you guys to see a little better as to what I'm doing in the tutorial. So again, timeline here, adjust canvas by clicking the little crop icon here. The next part of the timeline that I want to show you is the control panel here. You're going to see a rewind, a play button and a fast forward button, and then to the right of that, you're going to see a time stamp or how far you are within the project. So if I go ahead and minimize this and go back over to my already completed project, you're going to see the different things I have in my timeline. So if I go here and drag all the way here, you're going to see here in the timeline that I am now six minutes in 59 seconds into my screen cast, so that will always show you there and again. You can press the play button, or you can press or click the space bar on your keyboard to play the screen cast and get it to where you want it to go. Now you're going to see this little red line right here that I'm dragging left to right? This little guy right here is called your play head. Okay? You can drag him left. You could drag him right. Basically, this is a quick way to navigate throughout your screen cast to get to a specific section of your screen cast. Now, with that being said, a lot of times you're not going to be able to see exactly where you are because you're too far zoomed out in order to zoom in on a specific area of the timeline, you need to go down here to where you see the little magnifying glass, the plus and minus symbols, and then dragged this over to the right. This will increase the amount of zoom you have on your timeline. This is great, because normally you're going to have to drag the play head specific areas on the timeline and actually edit really find points within your screen cast. Now talking about fine points within a screen cast, you are going to want to select specific portions of the timeline So let's go ahead and zoom out just a little bit. And if I want to select a clip, I basically click on it. If I want to select multiple clips, I will just click and hold my mouse and drag over both of those clips and, as you can see there, highlighted yellow. If the clippers highlighted yellow, that means that clip, that specific clip is selected and you can click and hold whatever selected clip you have, and you can move those around on the timeline. But remember, if you move a clip over another clip, it will automatically create a transition. So you want to make sure when those transitions are played back in the video that those transitions are actually smooth and they make your screen cast look good. Now, if you want to edit those specific transitions, you can right click right here, where the two clips meat and all of these different options here are going to be different . Transition animations, the one that I like to use is one called plain as well, a swipe. Those two to me look the best when creating demos and things like that for tutorials. So let's go ahead and go to plain. And then now when I play back this video, you're going to see there, it's going to swipe and transition and flip over. Now, the longer that you want the transition, you need toe, overlap the clips more. If you want the transition to be shorter, you would want them to overlap less and again in order to edit. Then trip that transition again. You would just right click and then select the transition you want. And then you could even go up to show transition inspector, which will then bring up this little guy here that allows you to do even mawr editing when it comes to that transition so you can test and preview a transition. And then you could even go here and adjust the animation even further within the transition inspector. So that's a little bit about transitions. A little bit about clips again selected. Hold your mouse, drag over the clips you want to select and make sure they're yellow highlighted yellow, and that means they're selected. Also, another thing you may be noticing within this specific screen cast. Here I have something down here that looks like a bunch of green squiggle in lines that's going to be an audio wave file this right here that says screen recording. That's going to be an actual screen recording file. So now that we know all about the timeline all about how to maneuver around the timeline, let's go on up to our tools up here in the right hand side of the screen and show you what we can do within a screen cast right here. The first tab is going to say Video. This is going to be where you add your zoom in and zoom out effects. When you create screen cast, you're going to want to be able to zoom into specific areas of the screen to get more detail about that specific area. Or you may be talking about a specific point that you want to zoom in to. So what you would do is you would select the screen recording clip that you want to zoom in on like I have this one here selected, and then what you would do is drag your play head to where you want to zoom in, and then what you would do is click the video tab and then go to action and it's got a little plus symbol right there next to it. So go to the plus action right there. And if we notice right here on our timeline, we now have a little yellow icon that came above on top of that clip. So what you're going to want to do now is dragging this little scale slider here, which will allow you to zoom in or zoom out. So we'll go ahead and zoom in. Ah, whole bunch just so you can kind of see what it does. And then if we go back and play that clip as it goes by that zoom, you'll see it now zooms in on that specific area of that cliff. Now, if we want the zoom toe last longer, if we want animation to be slower, what we would do is just click on that little yellow icon and drag it to the right. This right here will now make this a much slower transition when zooming in again. It all depends on what kind of work you're doing, and basically it's a case by case, So that's how you zoom in and again you can rotate, you could do a whole bunch of stuff. Also, you can change the opacity of the screen that you're working with, so there's a whole bunch of stuff that you can do here within the video tap. So I'm not going to go too much deeper into that. That's pretty self explanatory. You consume ends, amount, rotate, do all of that within the video tab. And then again, if you need to move that, you can move this anywhere on that specific clip, and it will adjust where it zooms in and zooms out so pretty self explanatory. The next one I'm going to talk about is the one to the right of the video tab is going to be your audio editing tools. Now, in order to edit an audio clip, you obviously have to select an audio waveform, which I've done right here. So now that I've selected that audio waveform, I can then go up to the audio tab and I can adjust the master volume. So this volume slider here is going to adjust the master volume of whatever audio clip you have selected. So if you want to increase the volume slide to the right. You wanna decrease the volume slide to the left. If you want a mute, the volume all together on this specific clip, check the mute audio. And as you can see, this is now great out down here on your timeline. So we'll go ahead and de select that, cause I do not want to meet that audio. Now some people ask me all the time, what does the word ducking mean? So when you're doing video editing, the word ducking means that you're going to reduce the volume of all other clips while this one is playing to a specific amount. So let's say you've got background music and then you've got video playing in the background, but you want the background music to be very low. So what you would do is you would select the audio of the video clip, and you would duck everything else. Or you would select ducking and decrease the background music or the music bed to be 10 15% so you can hear what's going on in the video. But you could also slightly hear the music audio bed as well, and then another feature new feature and screen flow six is being able to click the drop down arrow here next to audio mix and actually adjust specific channels. So if this audio was recorded in, say, 345 different channels, you've got multiple channels coming in. You can actually adjust the specific audio channels separately, and one thing you could do is right. Click on the audio clip, go to extract audio, and then you can actually extract specific channels to adjust their volume, as opposed to adjusting all of the channels at once in one whole fatal swoop. So that's basically all you need to know about audio. You can add effects like presence, effects and things like that. But what I have found with the effects that you could add in screen flow is none of them are too effective when it comes to creating screen cast. And unless you're doing something really special, is a far as a video. So that's all you need to note with audio. The next have I'm going to show you is this tap here, which is video motion. This is a new feature added in screen flow. Six. This basically allows you to apply animations. Three specific animations actually. So I'm going to drag in an image here from the media, been shaken. See that little image there? Go back to the video motion and I'm going to show you a little bit about what you can do. So if we go to action here at a video motion, we can actually go here and choose different effects. We got gravity spring and pulse. The one I like best is Polt, so we'll choose Poles. And then what that allows us to do now is I'm going to drag this a little further in the timeline. If we go back and play this, you're going to see it pull site back and forth. So basically, with the video motion, you could add three specific effects. Pulse spring and gravity again. You can play with those. You can adjust the way the animation works. All here on the video motion tab. The next time I want to talk about is the screen recording tap. So this tab here allows you to select a specific screen recording clip and adjust specific things. So if you want to show the mouse pointer, you can do that. If you want a decent like that. That means the mouse pointer will not be shown. Do you want to have a specific click effect? So that means like if you want there to be like a little circle, pull state up whenever you click on the screen to showing people where you're clicking. You can do that here under click Effect. Do you want the pointer to be a circle? A circle Dark a square again. This is basically ways for you to adjust how people are seeing the screen cast and what they see to help them follow along with what you're doing. Do you want there to be a specific sound on Click What that volume needs to be? You could do that all here within the screen, recording tab again if you want to show all of your keyboard strokes. So if you're typing something on the screen, you want your audience to see what you're typing. You select keyboard, go to show all keys, and that will show the audience what you're typing on the screen. There. It'll show it will display it on your screen cast. The next time that I want to talk about is this guy here it's called the call outs. Now the call outs are fantastic because you could do so much with the call out now, with anything that you're adding in screen flow, you just select the cliff you want to add it to, and then go to the plus action up here. Now, as you can see here, this call out is going to be for your mouse cursor. So if you want to zoom in on your mouse cursor at a call out, as you can see, it's come up here on the timeline, and then we could actually change the opacity of the background to be whatever you want it to be. Normally I leave it around 60 to 75%. I could even blur the background so say you don't want people to see like, personal information that you're typing or you got bank account information on your screen . You can actually blur a specific area, so we got mouse cursor. Then we have foreground window and then we have free hand, which is what I use a lot so you can choose whether if you want a circular or a rectangle selection tool and then go down here and select a specific area of the screen, and it will make that become visible, and everything else will be blurred out and in the background very, very transparent. So if you want to call out specific areas of a screen cast, go to the call out section, go to the call out tab and do it there. That's how you're always going to call something out. Bring attention to something on the screen, cast a great, great tool. And obviously there's more stuff you can do. You can drag Zuma. You know the zoom slider here to zoom in is the amount you can actually add a border of color, border at a shadow to what you're calling out again. Play around with all of that and see kind of the different effects that you might want to achieve within your specific screen cast. The next time I want to talk about is this guy here is called Touch Call out. I'm not going to look too much into this now. I'll do a specific video just on this tab later, but basically, if you've recorded an IOS device, which you can do within screen flow, go to this option here, where it says touch, call out. And when you're recording an IOS device, it will actually show your audience who's watching the screen cast where you're touching on the device. This is great because normally your like will touch this touch that. But unless they can actually see, like a visual cue of where you're touching, that's kind of hard, so you can go under touch, call out at an action and it brings up a little circle here, and you could drag toe where you're actually touching on the screen. So I'm gonna go ahead and undo that. Now go ahead, and under that one more time, the next section we're going to see is the annotations. Basically, this is where you can draw like circles, squares, arrows pointing at specific things on a screen cast. So if we select a specific area screen recording on the screen cast, we can go to annotations, go to the plus sign here, and then we can actually draw out, say, an arrow, pointing at a specific area on the screen. And again, you can actually adjust the size, length, dimensions, rotation, all of that. You could even go over here to the slider. Change the thickness. So now you've got an arrow dragging around. You know, you may want to call attention to a specific area on the screen. That's how you do that with annotations. Obviously, you can change the color of that. You can change the thickness, the opacity, bunch of different stuff. Play around with that you could do much more than arrows. You can do squares, circles things like that, and you could also add intro animations and extra animations or altro animations for those as well. So that's a great great feature to utilize. I'm gonna go ahead and undo all of that now, and the next half is going to be the text and priests but self explanatory here. If you want to add text onto your document, click the little addition symbol. There, you're going to see a text box come available to you. Double click in that box, which will allow you to type whatever you want to type there. And then, as with any other video editor, you can select the font. Once you're done typing and change the font style here, change the size of that font change the alignment centre left, right, aligned changed the color. You could even change the backdrop color. Do all of that good stuff again? The text tab is pretty self explanatory, going there at its in text. See what you can do there with your screen cast and then the last time that I'm going to show you is something called the Media Library. This, my friends, is where you bring in your clips to screen screen flow. So if you have some video, some images, some audio you want to bring in to edit within your screen cast, go to the media library. Go to add a media just like that, search your files on your desktop on your computer. Select the files that you want to add to this green cast project and then click open or double click, and that will then add them to your media library so so much stuff. Right screen flow is such a great application. Again, I have a link below where you can install download the newest version of spring flow, and I use this to edit produce all of my tutorial videos, and it's just continually getting better and better if However, you have any questions that were not covered in this video, put them in the comments section below. I'll get to those as quickly as possible. If this video helped you slap that like button, share it with your friends and family. And as always, guys, thank you so much for watching my videos. And I will see you guys next time, okay?