We’re changing things up a bit. It was bothering us that we had to cram each topic into ten minutes, which meant going pretty quickly, overloading you with info, and just scratching the surface of our topic. Add to that the hassle of trying to get two subjects into the title, well, you get the idea. So starting with this episode, we’re going to be tackling one topic per show. Let us know what you think of the change.
A few weeks ago we talked about the best apps for video recording (#029 – Best Video Apps For Any Budget) and ScreenFlow was in that episode. Since then, a new version was released and we think it deserves a more in depth look.
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A bit of an aside, we take a moment to talk about Muzzle, a Mac app by Bryan Jones that keeps notifications from appearing during your screen sharing sessions. The landing page is hilarious, but maybe not a good choice to view if you’re at work.
ScreenFlow is a Mac-only app; sorry to disappoint you Windows folks this week. As you’d expect from a video app, you can record from your webcam or your desktop, or combine the two. Screen recording can be the full screen, a specific app window, or just a frame with a size and location you specify. After purchase, the Telestream emails do a good job of guiding you to tutorials and webinars, but I found Gmail was putting the emails in the spam folder, so keep an eye out so you don’t miss them.
If you’re going to be making a lot of videos, you should check out their Flowtility packs.
- Motion Graphics Library: $47, includes transitions, bullets, backgrounds, lower thirds, hand gestures (swipe left or right, tap, etc.)
- Pro Transitions Pak: $30, over 30 transitions with effects like curtains, lowering a window blind, static/white noise, and so on.
Pro Tip: get the ScreenFlow trial and if you’re going to buy, check out the samples from the above packs. If they’re interesting, you can get ScreenFlow with both transition packs in a bundle, saving $31 over the individual pricing.
Licensing is a bit different than many other Mac apps, at least for the non-app store version. Usually, maybe I should say historically, you get a single-user license that allows you to install on 2 machines (think 1 desktop and 1 laptop) with the understanding that only one can be used at a time. ScreenFlow requires you to deactivate the license on the first device before you can use it on the second. This requires an internet connection, and Telestream says it shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes to do the activation. On their forums, you’ll find some folks that find this arrangement pretty unwieldy in day to day life.
This version of ScreenFlow adds SpeechClip, a text-to-speech tool that uses the MacOS voices you’ll find in the Accessibility settings. If you use this tool, you’ll find it much more convenient to preview and select the voice you want from the Accessibility settings in System Preferences, then select that voice in SpeechClip. The playback seems a bit rapid during my tests, but you have a setting to change the rate to your liking.
Also new is the ability to play video clips in reverse. I guess enough people asked for it, so it must be a thing.
Like you’d expect, there’s support for chromakey (green screen)
Text animation has been added. Now you can make your videos more lively than your Powerpoint presentations.
Audio editing now includes support for Apple Audio Unit (AU) filters and effects. I tried a few third-party AU filters and couldn’t detect any change, but it did cause ScreenFlow to crash, so you may want to stick to just the Apple AU effects.
If you have a new Mac with the OLED Touch Bar, there’s support for that.
You can now specify settings to use for automatic exporting, which is a time-saver if you’re publishing frequently. You can still have custom settings for manual exports.
Audio mixing can be tweaked and saved for future projects.
Links from the Show
Muzzle – muzzleapp.com
ScreenFlow – telestream.com/screenflow or