Hello, and thank you for your interest in this course. This course is about how to use the professional screen capture and recording program called: ScreenFlow. I am using version 5 of the program in this course.
ScreenFlow is what I have used to create dozens of courses and lessons for Udemy. In this course I take you through an actual course I was editing to show you the features of this tool. I use a very behind-the-scenes approach, showing you my screen, and giving you a workflow approach to using ScreenFlow.
By the time you are finished with this course, I will help you to understand and use ScreenFlow, so that you have become comfortable with the software. I have divided up my lessons into smaller pieces, so that when you are editing your own content, that you will be able to use the lessons as a reference. When you ask, how did he do this or that technique, you can quickly reference the lesson and apply it in your own project.
This course is to the point, and though I do take a few lessons to explain my thought process, or give you expert advise about how to edit, direct or produce, I try to keep things concise and to the point. You will notice that the lessons are short, just what you need.
The course is designed as a workflow, and I made it that way. The course is in the order that I use ScreenFlow. I do not just go through menu items, or look at lists of commands, I take you through an actual project. When starting a project, you do A, B, C, D, E and then F, G, H and over here you do I , J, K, and then you are ready for this step and done. I will show you where to find things in the program, but I show you the commands that you need and where to find them, and explain to you how the writers of the software thought, which will give you a better understanding of the program and how to use it.
I wrote this course independent of experience level with the software, and out of a need that I saw, where there was not much documentation to get up and running with the software. I know that once you take this course it will become a standard tool in your toolbox, just like it has become in mine. Enroll now, and I'll start getting you comfortable with ScreenFlow.
How this course was designed, and how to best get the most out of this course.
Check the default settings of the Camera, to make sure its set to actually record in HD.
Go over the capture settings in ScreenFlow, to make sure everything is set correctly.
Some things to consider before you get started recording, and some encouragement to help you get through the process.
Here we are going to change the document size, this will result in clearer video, and not having to scale in the export phase.
Here we are going to fix the audio, and cleanup the track, to remove the common background noise and hum.
Now we add an action button, and explain what that does.
Let's now add an annotation, in this case some arrows.
Adding a text box, along with the arrows, to enhance what the arrows are pointing at.
Since we put the arrows in, and then the text box, we need to bring the arrows to the front, overtop of the text box.
The default for the annotations is short, let us increase the duration.
It is important to scale the viewing screen, scrolling up or down on a mouse wheel, or using 2 fingers on a touch pad helps. Learn about what more this might be useful for.
To better see the mouse cursor, we will increase the size of the mouse cursor.
Now we add a callout, and talk about why that is not the same as an action.
It is good to review all the changes, to make sure that everything we did, looks good together.
The thing to remember is that a callout will follow the mouse.
Let us talk about some things to keep in mind when you are directing a video, these tips will help you to make better videos and courses.
Here we talk about exporting the video, and how to do that, later on, we will look at how to export multiple clips in a quick and efficient way.
Here we review what we talked about in the walk-through of an actual project.
Keep in mind Screen Flow uses track isolation, that means every track can be treated differently, and is independent from the other tracks.
Here we look at using a transition, an action button to mute audio.
Here we choose to mute audio using a high pass filter.
Learn to use the precise timing of Hours, minutes, seconds and frames, to work more efficiently with in and out points, and selected exported ranges.
Learn about in and out point, so that you can edit segments of your screencast, which allows you to break your lectures and videos into smaller more bite-sized pieces.
Learn how to use a tracking sheet, to simplify keeping track of where your lessons are in a much longer recording segment. See the attached PDF for a more detailed look.
I have been making music, since 1992. I have 3 labels, and 2 bands. I have programmed and written over 800 sequences, and when I have time, write about 80-100 songs a year. At one point I owned 19 keyboard synths, and 20+ synth rack modules. I used to record and arrange on a setup that consisted of a 24 channel Soundcraft, with 3 DA-88's and a Roland MC-50Mk2. I came to Logic and Apple in 2007, and picked up Ableton Live in 2009. I sold most of my hardware, and bought in to soft-synths, after I sampled my most used sounds, and was able to reliably use those. I continue to write to this day, and keep learning new techniques, and new ways to improve my music. Now that I have amassed such knowledge, I have found the joy of sharing what I know with others who can benefit from my years of experience.
Beside music, I have worked with electronics since 1990, and have built, repaired and fixed many things along the way. I got really sucked into electronics, when my synth passion ignited, and I found out that they need to be repaired frequently. I started repairing synths as early as 1998, learning about the ins and outs of the electronics that they were founded on.
I took an interest in programming keyboards, with my first programmable keyboard, which was a Kawai K11, which I bought in 1992. I did not know it then, but programming a keyboard, and programming a computer, are not very far off.
In 1994, I bought my one and only sequencer, a Roland MC50-Mk2, which I have to this day, and it writes in DD floppy drives. I have a collection of DD drives, since they are not easily found today. I composed over 800 sequences on that sequencer over a 10 year period. I learned how to arrange, and that arrangement method was directly transferrable to Ableton Live.
Since 1984 I also been an avid Photographer, and have invested in cameras, lenses, video equipment, and other sorts of gear, to not only share what I know, but how I think. Over time I have also developed a deeper spiritual sense, that has come to offer comfort, to those I hold dear, and has helped me to achieve peace within myself. I have published my photography works, and use my photography skills for a number of different uses. I also will have courses on photography and video techniques, to share, ones that I have learned over the years.
In 2007, I began to build up my contemplative skills, and began to think more about the world, and who I was. In 2011, I was forced to speed up this process, and went through a number of breakthroughs, and revelations. In 2013, and into 2014, I experienced spiritual awakening, in new and different ways, and had a lot of my beliefs turned upside down, or replaced, or expanded. As you may have guessed, I have now a lot to talk about on this issue, and I will be making courses for self-development, and personal development, along with helping you to understand some of the things that you may be going through, and how to cope or grow beyond them. Hope is always possible, in all situations, and a better outcome can always be pursued.
If you have a course that you would like me to teach, just send me a note, and I will add it to my list. I am always looking to help others, and mentor people, as I have the time. I hope that I have been able to help you, and grow your skills and talents, as you look for ways to express them.
I hope you enjoy watching and learning from these courses, as much as I enjoy teaching them. Be well, and take care my friend.