Learn ScreenFlow Fast

Learn ScreenFlow as fast as possible- by following easy to use examples and exercises.
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  • Lectures 48
  • Length 1.5 hours
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Published 4/2015 English

Course Description

This course covers a logical, step-by-step approach to learning ScreenFlow 5 as quickly as possible.

Featured Review:

Overall Perfect Introduction to ScreenFlow 5:

Sunday, July 19, 2015: Finished this course in one sitting

The course title says it all. Laurence Kim clearly knows what he's doing and provides an immediate and perfect introduction into ScreenFlow 5. I was pretty intimidated with the software at first because I didn't know how to use it, but the structure and tips that Laurence provides in this course is just perfect. It's practical, short, and easy to follow along.

I learned to apply the tips while watching the courses and lectures at the same time which made me realize how easy it was to apply the tips. I'd definitely recommend this short and easy course. Feeling pretty excited and more confident about the possibilities of creating worthwhile videos, and lectures in the future.

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 5 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. 90% 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 5 project in a short amount of time.

What are the requirements?

  • An Apple computer
  • ScreenFlow 5 software by Telestream
  • A microphone

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn ScreenFlow 5 as quickly as possible with minimal amount of pain
  • Create a new ScreenFlow 5 project
  • Record from your screen, webcam and microphone
  • Edit your recording
  • Add transitions, annotations and effects
  • Mix audio
  • Export a complete video project in your desired format and resolution

What is the target audience?

  • Anyone who wants to create screen capture videos for online courses, YouTube, or to promote their business or brand.
  • Business owners who want to use videos to promote their business
  • Marketers who want to create promotional videos
  • YouTubers who want to grow their YouTube presence
  • Educators who want to teach remotely
  • Online course instructors like right here on Udemy

What you get with this course?

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Curriculum

Section 1: Getting Ready
03:19

In this lecture you'll learn how the course will work and my basic teaching philosophy.

I believe the best way to learn is by doing. Throughout the course you'll see a series of exercises. I strongly recommend that you complete each exercise before continuing with the course. In fact, it's a good idea to not wait for the exercises. You may want to replicate what you've seen immediately following each lecture.

Don't forget to hit the "HD" button on the bottom right hand corner of the video to see it in high definition quality.

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These materials are needed for creating your sample ScreenFlow project.

Please upload them to an easily accessible folder on your computer.

01:51

In this lecture you'll learn how to customize your start/stop recording hotkeys and your countdown time.

03:39

What are the very first steps to create a new ScreenFlow 5 project?

This lecture walks you through exactly what happens when you launch ScreenFlow, including:

  • the welcome popup window
  • setting the recommended resolution preset (I recommend 1080p)
  • opening the document
  • renaming the document
Once you complete these steps you can begin recording!
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The best preset for Udemy instructors.

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This is your first exercise. For best results, don't continue with the course until you've completed the exercise.

Section 2: Recording
01:56

In this lecture we'll learn how to import a video file into your ScreenFlow project, including:

  • What the media library is and how to access it
  • Dragging and dropping a video file into the media library
  • Adding the media clip into your timeline
01:25

Understanding the function of the playhead.

02:23

This lecture will demonstrate making your first type of recording: a simple presentation slide(s) with a voiceover. We'll review:

  • The recording settings: this is where you'll choose what you want to record - your screen, your voice, your webcam, your system sounds, etc.
  • Making the actual recording: hit your hotkeys, begin talking over your slides, hit your hotkeys again.

03:23

Now that you've recorded your slide with voiceover, this lecture will show you how to place it in your project, including:

  • The "recording complete" popup window
  • Viewing the new recording clip in your media library
  • Why and how you should rename your clips
  • How to place the clip into your project timeline
  • How "snapping" works in your timeline
02:26

Your recording may not match the dimensions of your project. For example, your project size might be 1920 x 1080 while your screen recording might be 2560 x 1440.

What happens then? Your recording will be cropped and your finished video will only show the center portion of your recording.

This lecture will show you how to resize it so it fits perfectly inside your project dimensions.

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In this exercise you'll make your first ScreenFlow 5 recording (a simple voiceover with a presentation slide) and add it to your project.

03:26

In this lecture you'll learn how to add a JPEG image file to your project.

Images can be a little tricky, because most of the time the aspect ratio of your image will not match the 16:9 aspect ratio of your project. If that's the case, then you'll not only need to resize the project, you'll also have to crop it to fit your project dimensions.

This lecture will show you exactly how to resize and crop images to the proper dimensions.

02:45

You've just added a JPEG image file to your project. Now you want to add a voice recording that goes with it.

In this lecture we'll make a voice recording, rename it, then drag it into our timeline to go with the JPEG image. Finally, we'll adjust the duration of the JPEG file so that it exactly matches the length of the audio.

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In this exercise you'll add a JPEG image file to your project, record some audio to go with it, then adjust the duration of your image file to match your audio.

01:52

Now you're ready to record yourself demonstrating something on your computer. In this lecture I'll record a simple task using Photoshop, rename it, then add it to my project timeline.

02:57

Sometimes you'll want to record yourself using your computer's webcam. This lecture will show you how to adjust your recording settings to add your webcam. Then we'll review how to resize the webcam video if you want to create a picture-in-picture effect.

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Now we're into the core of our project. In this exercise you'll complete 2 recordings:

  • First, you'll do a "regular" recording in which you'll demonstrate some task on your computer.
  • Next, you'll do a recording including your computer's webcam.
01:38

A section wrap up and check-in.

Section 3: Annotations and Callouts
04:03

In this lecture we'll be adding text to your project.

The lecture will cover how to add text, then how to format it for:

  • font
  • point size
  • bolding/italics
  • alignment
  • color
  • outlining
  • background color

Finally we'll cover how to change the timing and duration of the text.

02:17

The most important special effect in a ScreenFlow project is zooming and panning.

That's because when you're doing a screen capture your viewers may not be able to clearly see what you're doing on the screen - it will probably be too small. Zooming increases the emphasis on just the area you're working on, making it much more clear for your viewers.

Similarly, you'll need to pan because unless you're zooming into the exact center of your screen the zoomed in area won't be visible.

This lesson will cover everything you need to know about zooming and panning actions.

02:03

This lecture will cover positioning actions and rotation actions.

Position actions will move your screen right/left up/down.

Rotation actions rotate the screen around an axis (vertical or horizontal).


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Practice adding text, zooming, panning, positional and rotation actions.

02:41

Annotations are ways to call attention to certain areas of your screen. You can add arrows, lines or shapes.

This lecture will cover adding annotations and adjusting them for location, size, thickness and color.

01:29

Adding a freehand callout to your project.

Freehand callouts are especially useful when you want to blur out areas of your screen that you don't want visible to the public.

02:34

Adding a foreground window callout to your project.

Foreground window callouts allow you to enlarge and make more prominent any window that's on your computer screen's foreground.

01:45

Mouse cursor callout actions allow you to add a "zoomed-in" circle around your mouse cursor to allow your viewers see more clearly what you are clicking on.

03:07

Adding mouse and keyboard recording options.

You can make your mouse pointer larger and also add a "click" sound, which will sometimes makes it easier for your viewers to follow your actions.

You can also make your keystrokes appear on your screen so your viewers see what you're typing.

01:42

This lecture covers project opacity, cropping your project and adding reflections.

These functions are typically not required or "core" functions of ScreenFlow and are more in the nature of special effects.

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Exercise 6: annotations, keyboard and mouse recording options.

Section 4: Editing
02:47

This lecture covers the most important editing basics, which include:

  • splitting clips
  • moving clips
  • deleting clips
01:51

Sometimes you don't want to put new clips at the end of your project, you want to put them somewhere in the middle. This short lecture explains how to quickly make clip insertions.

01:59

Adjusting your video clip's brightness, color and contrast.

It's important to understand that it's best to record your video properly in the first place (brightness, color, etc.). If you want to make sophisticated adjustments it's best to use dedicated video editing software.

ScreenFlow 5's color controls are very basic controls but they can be helpful for quick, non-critical adjustments.

04:17

How to add transitions between video clips.

Without any transitions, the change from clip to clip will be abrupt. In the movie business, these are called "jump cuts".

Sometimes that's what you want. But what if you want to add a smoother or fancier transition between clips? That's where clip transitions come in.

This lecture covers how to add transitions, as well as ScreenFlow's library of transition options.

02:08

Sometimes you'll want to speed up or slow down a clip. ScreenFlow 5 allows you to easily do that. In addition, you may want to "freeze" any frame of a video clip - usually when you want to extend the time for a voiceover.

These are very simple functions - this lecture explains how to do it.

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In this exercise you'll put into practice the editing techniques that you've learned.

Section 5: Audio
03:24

Audio quality is just as important if not MORE important than video quality. Nothing will make your audience "tune out" more quickly than poor audio.

In this lecture we'll cover:

  • the importance of using a real microphone
  • recommended microphones
  • adjusting audio recording input volume on your Mac
  • adjusting audio volume of your finished recording
01:30

In this lecture we compare 3 different types of microphones.

00:54

When you import a video clip to your project, it will likely be a single clip that combines both audio and video. Suppose you don't want to use the audio portion of the clip.

This lecture will cover how to detach the audio from a combined audio/video clip.

02:56

Music can be a great addition to a video. This lecture will cover:

  • adding an mp3 music track to the project
  • adjusting the length of the music track to match the video
  • adjusting the volume of the music track
  • adding audio ducking to make the voiceover clear
01:59

ScreenFlow allows lots of adjustments such as smoothing volume levels, suppressing background noise, etc.

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Audio exercises.

Section 6: Exporting Your Project
03:44

Once your done recording and editing you'll need to export your project into a finished video file in a widely recognized format.

This lecture will cover the export dialog box, including my recommended output settings.


01:25

Here's how Udemy instructors should export their projects.

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In this exercise you'll export your finished project to your desired resolution.

Section 7: Wrap Up
00:35

Congratulations, you now know how to make an awesome ScreenFlow 5 project!

I recommend you get started right away while what you've learned is still fresh.

Lastly, if you've enjoyed this course please leave me a rating and review. Enjoy ScreenFlow!

- Laurence Kim

01:28

This is a tour of my setup (light, microphone, mic stand and computer) in case you're interested!

01:56

Some final thoughts and best practices, not necessarily ScreenFlow - specific.

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Instructor Biography

Laurence Kim, Photographer, Small Business Coach and Teaching Expert

I've been teaching people from both Fortune 500 companies as well as individual entrepreneurs for more than 10 years. Throughout my career, I've been a Vice President in a major financial services firm, a freelance professional photographer, and a small business coach.

I've taught topics such as sales, marketing, software and business development. I've delivered approximately 2,000 training sessions during my career, both to individuals and to groups.

Now I want to bring my training experience to a world-wide audience through Udemy.

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