How to Create Video Tutorials on Your Mac Using ScreenFlow

I’ve been doing a ton of work lately with video. From green screen to screen capture, video on the web continues to grow as a way to distribute information. To take advantage of this growth in a quick and easy way on my own sites, I’ve wanted to do some quick how-to’s that I could upload to YouTube, and wasn’t sure of the best way to do it. Whatever I used, it had to be a Mac app. In my search, I pretty quickly came upon ScreenFlow, and it solved every problem I had.

What is ScreenFlow?

ScreenFlow, very simply, is a screen capture program. You can get it here, and can try it for free. While the full version costs $99, the trial version is fully functionaly, though it does watermark your end result once you upload it to YouTube.

How is it used?

ScreenFlow is ridiculously simple to use, yet powerful if you want to take the time to learn its intricacies. Upon starting ScreenFlow, you’re greeted with this box:

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Simply decide which options you want and click the record button at the bottom. If you do choose to record video from a camera as well as the screen capture, your camera image will appear in a box in the corner of the video.

The recording process

The recording process is super simple. You will see a countdown, just like in OS X’s built in Photo Booth application, and then the recording will begin. You can narrate, have music on, or do just about anythign else you can think of. Once you’re finished, you can click the ScreenFlow Camera Icon in your Mac’s menu bar, or you can just hit the keyboard shortcut to stop the recording, which is Command-Shift-2.

Editing in ScreenFlow

Editing is where ScreenFlow really shines. Once you stop the recording, you’re greeted with the editing screen:

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In the editing screen, you can trim the clip, as well as add effects of all sorts. The level of complexity varies, but if you really want you’re videos to look professional, its certainly possible. Check out some of their demos at the developer’s site here for some insight into the possibilities this software offeres.

Wrap-up

Do you guys know any quick and easy ways to do this?  Maybe something free that works similarly? Have you tried ScreenFlow, and if so, what did you think of it?  Tell us in the comments!

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