This course covers a logical, step-by-step approach to learning ScreenFlow 5 as quickly as possible.
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:
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.
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.
These materials are needed for creating your sample ScreenFlow project.
Please upload them to an easily accessible folder on your computer.
In this lecture you'll learn how to customize your start/stop recording hotkeys and your countdown time.
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 best preset for Udemy instructors.
This is your first exercise. For best results, don't continue with the course until you've completed the exercise.
In this lecture we'll learn how to import a video file into your ScreenFlow project, including:
Understanding the function of the playhead.
This lecture will demonstrate making your first type of recording: a simple presentation slide(s) with a voiceover. We'll review:
Now that you've recorded your slide with voiceover, this lecture will show you how to place it in your project, including:
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.
In this exercise you'll make your first ScreenFlow 5 recording (a simple voiceover with a presentation slide) and add it to your project.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Now we're into the core of our project. In this exercise you'll complete 2 recordings:
A section wrap up and check-in.
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:
Finally we'll cover how to change the timing and duration of the text.
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.
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).
Practice adding text, zooming, panning, positional and rotation actions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Exercise 6: annotations, keyboard and mouse recording options.
This lecture covers the most important editing basics, which include:
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.
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.
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.
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.
In this exercise you'll put into practice the editing techniques that you've learned.
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:
In this lecture we compare 3 different types of microphones.
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.
Music can be a great addition to a video. This lecture will cover:
ScreenFlow allows lots of adjustments such as smoothing volume levels, suppressing background noise, etc.
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.
Here's how Udemy instructors should export their projects.
In this exercise you'll export your finished project to your desired resolution.
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
This is a tour of my setup (light, microphone, mic stand and computer) in case you're interested!
Some final thoughts and best practices, not necessarily ScreenFlow - specific.
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.