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ScreenFlow (v5) Essentials: Teach Online Today!

Learn the software used by thousands of online course and content creators to digitize and monetize their knowledge.
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Created by Mel Aclaro
Last updated 12/2014
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What Will I Learn?
Over 25 lectures and 3 hours of content!
Record, edit and produce a simple presentation from your computer screen
Apply fundamental screencast editing, animation and transition features using ScreenFlow version 5.x
Import video and audio media into a ScreenFlow project for editing and publishing
Animate video, images, callouts
Learn to record and edit iOS screen presentations
Synchronize imported video/audio with natively recorded ScreenFlow video
Publish your project as a video suitable for sharing on the web
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  • Telestream's ScreenFlow version 5.x (free trial available via
  • For ScreenFlow (v5): Intel-based Mac with 64-bit processor (Core i3 recommended) + display
  • For ScreenFlow (v5): OS X 10.9.5 Mavericks (OS X 10.10 Yosemite + iOS 8 + lightning connection to USB recommended for iOS recording)
  • Minimum 2 GB RAM
  • 20 GB hard drive

Learn the Fundamentals of ScreenFlow (version 5) and begin creating your own online course now.

You will start with a demonstration of a feature-rich screencasting project -- then you'll learn to replicate it.

Included in this interactive course are:

  • exercise files to help you reinforce the "video knowledge" in this feature rich course.
  • on-going performance support from the instructor and hundreds of other screencasting practitioners via a highly active member's only community forum. (Included with your purchase of this course.)

In this course, you'll learn how to use ScreenFlow for Macintosh -- one of the "Big 3" video screen capture and editing software programs in the market used by professional screencasters and online learning professionals. But, your learning won't stop there.

This course is delivered by one of Telestream's exclusive community of ScreenFlow Insiders, online learning architect at one of Forbes' 100 Most Promising Companies in America, and professional screencaster with over 80 4+ star reviews.


"Fantastic! Mel does such a wonderful job explaining ScreenFlow. I was a complete novice with the software and now I feel confident to record video, edit it, and publish it... I've taken a few classes here and this is definitely one of the best ones. Great content and a quality course. Thanks Mel!"
~ Biba Atta, Udemy student

"Don't waste your time with any other educator - Mel's the best. I spent a bit of time scouring the web for training videos on ScreenFlow. I wish I had found Mel sooner... Mel's engaging style is something I hope to even half emulate one day. He is generous, humorous and knows a lot. Compared to what else is out there, he's a gem and I thank him or the huge effort he puts into sharing his knowledge."
~ Helen Crozier, Udemy student

"Awesome training! I wanted to learn screencasting so I went to YouTube and found some videos here and there but nothing well structured that will guarantee a learning experience from A to Z... I was lucky enough to bump into Mel's... I SINCERELY believe that this course went beyond my expectations. I loved this course. Straight to the point, very easy to understand and follow, with exercises...Thank you Mel, AWESOME training. I am completely sold on any training I may need in the future that has your name on it."
~ Hazel Vallejos, Udemy student

Go beyond the classroom. Learn how to transform your live presentations, workshops and live training courses to a digitized format that's easily shared, easily consumed and potentially profitable.

Don't be boring. Learn to kick your online presentations up a notch from run-of-the-mill online presentations by overlaying quality audio and synchronizing live action web video to increase your audience's engagement.

Who is the target audience?
  • Udemy instructors
  • Online course creators
  • Teachers seeking to "flip" the classroom
  • eLearning instructional designers
  • Corporate trainers
  • Bloggers and social media content creators
  • Web and information marketers
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 30 Lectures Collapse All 30 Lectures 03:43:54
3 Lectures 10:44

Before diving head-long into the course, let's take a moment to get a lay of the land.

In this video, you'll learn about the additional learning and performance systems I've put in place beyond the video lecture modules here on Udemy.


Some of those "off-site" resources that you'll want to join or bookmark include:

  • Digital-Know-How Q&A Forum on Facebook. Join this member's group to continue your learning and ask questions during and after you complete the online course. (Tip: Identify yourself with the same name you used to register for the Udemy course. If your "join" request hasn't been fulfilled within a couple of days, send me a private message via the Udemy course panel.)
  • The Screencasting Wizardry public page on Facebook. This is a public newsfeed. Click "Like" on this page to keep apprised of related news and updates that will be relevant to content developers.
  • Telestream technical support forums. Questions of a hardware or technical software nature are outside the scope of this course. For questions of a technical nature, it's best to go directly to the engineers and software developers at Telestream.
Welcome: About this 'Quickstart' Course

As you'll discover, ScreenFlow is a powerful -- and cost effective -- video screen recorder and editor. ScreenFlow records activity on your computer screen and converts it initially to a proprietary video format that can be manipulated inside the ScreenFlow editor.


  • The makers of ScreenFlow (Telestream) released version 5 of the software in November 2014.
  • The version 5 software is what we'll be using throughout this course.
  • But, there are sufficient similarities with the prior version that will make this course relevant to you even if you decide to stay on the ScreenFlow version 4 software.
  • Just a few of the upgrades you'll enjoy in version 5 are:
    - Recording activity from your iOS device directly into your ScreenFlow project;
    - Adding touch callouts that mimic finger gestures on iOS devices;
    - Adding media markers directly to media clips in the timeline;
    - Importing media directly from your iPhoto or iTunes libraries.
Preview 02:49

In this video, let's begin with the end in mind.


  • Here I'll show you a project that you'll have an opportunity to work throughout this course.
  • The project is an excerpt from one of the popular video blog posts on, titled: How to close timeline gaps using Ripple Delete. (You'll learn about ripple delete later in this course.)
  • By the end of this course, you'll have all the knowledge necessary to reproduce a similar video.
Preview 04:28

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Getting Started: Pre-Production
7 Lectures 36:58

Obviously before you move on, you'll need to install ScreenFlow on your Macintosh computer. In this video, you'll learn how to download and install ScreenFlow.


  • You can download a fully functioning free trial of the ScreenFlow software from
  • While the trial version is fully functioning, it will watermark any videos you produce from the trial version.
  • When you purchase ScreenFlow, you can enter the license key under File > Preferences > Licenses.
  • During installation, I recommend also installing the Computer Audio driver. This allows you the option to record audio from other screen captures that have embeded sound (e.g., YouTube video pages, etc.)
Installing ScreenFlow: Squeee!

Lecture 4 Knowledge Check
2 questions

In this video you'll learn what to expect when you first start ScreenFlow.


  • The first window you'll see is the Welcome splash dialog that also includes:
    - New Recording. You'll learn how to use this in a later video to record new screen capture videos.
    - New Document. You'll learn now to use this to import media from other sources.
    - Recent Documents. This shows a quick view of some of the most recent projects you've worked on.
Starting ScreenFlow

Lecture 5 Knowledge Check
1 question

This is the video that will show you the 3 main sections of the ScreenFlow editor.


  • Definitions:
    - Pre-production. All the setup activities you perform before pushing the "record" button.
    - Production. Everything that happens during the recording phase of your project.
    - Post-production. Also known as the "editing" stage.
  • 3 Main sections
    - Canvas
    - Timeline
    - Properties panel

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Introducing the Canvas

Lecture 6 Knowledge Check
2 questions

The timeline comprises the lower-half of the ScreenFlow editor. It allows you to sequence and synchronize your media assets in your project.


  • The "scrubber" or "playhead" is identified with a red line. It shows the part of the timeline that displays within the Canvas.
  • The timeline is comprised of "tracks." You can have almost an unlimited number of tracks.Tracks allow you to overlap different media assets so they "play" at the same time in the project sequence.

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Introducing the Timeline

Lecture 7 Knowledge Check
2 questions

The properties panel allows you to assign attributes to screen recording video, imported video, audio and image assets in your ScreenFlow project.

In this video, you'll get an overview of each of the 8 tabs within the properties panel. You'll learn each tab in more detail within the following videos.

Many of the attributes in the properties panel will be grayed-out (unavailable) until you select an asset in the timeline to which the property attributes are applicable.

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Introducing the Properties Panel

Here you'll learn about an often-forgotten feature in ScreenFlow that allows you to set preferences for your project.

Here, I'll show you my recommended preferences. I suggest you use these settings for your own preferences and then modify them later as you get more comfortable with using ScreenFlow.

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Preferred Preferences

Lecture 11 Knowledge Check
1 question

In this video you'll learn about the included exercise files. Choose the downloads tab to download this resource to your computer.

HIGHLIGHTS This is a 707MB file that contains a compressed version of 5 files.

  • 01-Ripple-Delete-Insert.pptx. This is a PowerPoint file containing a single panel. It's the PowerPoint file that was used as the subject of the screenflow project (99a-mel-sfv5-sample.screenflow) within the exercise files.
  • 02a-mel-camera-part1.mp4. This is one of 2 standalone video/audio clips that was used in the screenflow exercise file.
  • 02c-mel-camera-part2.mp4. This is the second of 2 standalone video/audio clips that was used in the screenflow exercise file.
  • This is a video file that contains the "bumper" inside the screenflow project file.
  • 99b-mel-sfv5-full-published-720p.mp4. This is the final/published version of the screenflow project in the exercise file.
About the Exercise Files
Capturing Media For Your Project: Production
4 Lectures 38:04

There are 2 ways to start a ScreenFlow project: New Recording and New Document.

In this video, you'll be able to differentiate between the 2 methods of starting a project. Then, you'll learn details for using the New Recording option to start a project. (You'll learn about New Document in the next video.)

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Starting a Project Using New Recording

There are 2 ways to start a ScreenFlow project: New Recording and New Document.

In this video, you'll be able to differentiate between the 2 methods of starting a project. Then, you'll learn details for using the New Document option to start a project.

The New Document option is the method you will want to use when you are importing all your media assets from other sources.

You'll also learn how to import assets into your new (blank) project.

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Starting a Project Using New Document

In this video, you'll learn how to place video assets into the timeline and canvas.

You will also learn the relationship between the dimensions of the media asset vs. the dimensions of your project's canvas.

You will learn, too, how to adjust the size of the asset or canvas in order to make the imported video (or image) "fit" within the canvas.

Along the way, you will also learn the difference between scaling a video or image and cropping a video or image.

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Scaling vs. Cropping

In this video, you'll learn how to add new recordings directly into an existing project.

You will find this technique helpful when you want to add secondary imagery (or audio) that supports your presentation. This is also helpful for adding voiceovers to either augment of replace existing narration.

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Adding Additional Recordings to Your Project
Editing for Engagement: Post-Production
12 Lectures 01:38:05

In this lecture, you'll learn how to insert new clips or recordings into an existing project and to do so in such a way that you're able to place the new clip in between other existing clips in the timeline.

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Inserting Clips

Ripple delete is a feature that allows you to close gaps in the timeline. These gaps often materialize when you delete clips or their segments during the editing stage.

The trick, however, is to close gaps in such a way that keeps the relative placement of all other clips in the timeline in the same relative position to each other. This is important in keeping your project's assets in sync with each other.

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Ripple Delete

Video actions allow you to animate video assets in your project.

This is the same technique I've used throughout this course to "spin" and move my "picture-in-picture" video and is key to making it appear that I am looking at highlighted areas in my videos.

This is a very useful technique to highlight areas of your video presentation that you want to make explicit to your learners and viewers.

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Animating With Video Actions

You have likely noticed the music clip at the beginning and end of all of my lecture videos. These clips fade out (or fade in) over time. These fades are performed with audio actions.

In this lecture you'll also learn where you can download royalty free music for your own projects.

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Audio Actions

Where video actions allow you to animate different attributes of a video or image clip, screen recording actions, by contrast, allow you to manipulate attributes associated with your mouse pointer, keyboard entries and section highlights.

One important note to make is that this lecture video may give the impression of making screen recording actions in real time during the production (while the video is being recorded). This isn't actually the case. All the effects I demonstrate in the lecture were added during the post-production (editing) stage of the project.

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Animating With Screen Recording Actions

Callouts let you manipulate visual attributes of screen recording video clips and imported video clips. These manipulations give the appearance of "zooming" or "blurring" different segments of the selected video.

In this lecture, you'll begin with a quick review of the video action feature as we set the stage for teaching the callout feature.

Then, you'll learn how to use call out actions directly to videos in your project.

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Animating With Callout Actions

In this video, you'll learn about touch callouts.

Touch callouts help you visually simulate the touch gestures that we usually use to navigate screens on iPhones and iPads.

While these gestures are evident to us as we're using one of these devices, they're not always so obvious to learners who are viewing your recorded videos about activity on these devices. Touch callouts help make these gestures obvious for your learners.

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Animating iPhone & iPad Videos With Touch Callouts

Annotations allow you to overlay lines, boxes, arrows and circular shapes to your project.

These are helpful when you want to direct your learner's/audience's attention to a specific part of your presentation and at a particular time.

In this lecture you'll learn how to add an annotation and how, specifically, it appears in the timeline on its own track.

Further, you'll learn that annotations can also be animated using video actions, which you learned about in an earlier lecture.

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Highlighting with Annotations

In this lecture, you'll learn how to add text overlays to your project.

This is helpful for adding so called lower-thirds and other simple titles to your project.

Just as you learned earlier that annotations will appear on their own track, so too will text objects appear on their own track in the timeline. Similarly, text objects can also be animated using video actions.

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Adding Text

It's typically the case that segments from recorded video and audio files will need to be removed. In some cases, existing clips will need to be segmented sufficiently so as to insert other clips and media.

In this lecture you'll learn how to split one or more clips in your ScreenFlow project.

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Splitting Clips

In this lecture, we'll pick up where we left off from the last video. After having split a clip, it's usually the case that you'll then want to add a transition between split clips.

This is helpful for smoothing the abruptness resulting from the transition from one clip to another after a contiguous segment has been removed.

But, transitions are also helpful in setting the tone by subtly communicating to your learners and audience about shifting from one scene or topic to another.

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Inserting Transitions

By this point in the course, you have learned enough to be able to effectively produce your own video project or online presentation.

In this lecture, you'll learn various methods for publishing your project so that it may be shared via the web.

You'll also learn my preferred publishing method and why it's preferable to other preset methods of publishing directly to various video hosting platforms.

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Publishing Your Project for Sharing on the Web
Value Enhancements
3 Lectures 37:09

One of the questions I get a lot is related to my method for synchronizing my picture-in-picture video with my screen recorded video. Is it the case that I use a webcam? Or am I using another type of camera?

In this lecture, you'll learn the answer to the questions above. And, you'll learn, too, how I go about synchronizing media that are related, but which have been recorded separately via independent / mutually exclusive sources.

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Preview 13:33

In this video, you'll learn how to record video from your iOS device (iPhone or iPad) directly into your ScreenFlow project.

There are three system requirements for iOS device recording:

  • Your Macintosh must have OS X 10.10+ (Yosemite) installed
  • Your iOS device must have iOS 8.1+
  • You must connect your iOS device to your Macintosh via a Lightning-to-USB cable.

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Recording Video From Your iPhone or iPad

A common use many learners have for ScreenFlow is to use it to record PowerPoint or Keynote presentation for distribution on the web. This is the by far the quickest and easiest way to digitize your knowledge for wide distribution as digital resumes, online proposals, online presentations for a web-based audience -- or even online courses. And, if it could somehow be made to be uniquely compelling in some way, then the better your chances of getting your audience to stick around for more.

In this video, you'll learn how to combine various techniques you learned in earlier modules to enhance PowerPoint and Keynote presentations so that your digital presentations enhance your brand and leave you top of mind with your audience.

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How to Record & Enhance PowerPoint or Keynote Presentations
Wrapping Up
1 Lecture 02:54

You've learned a lot in this course.

If you haven't already done so, make sure to rate and review the course by choosing "Write a Review" from the table of contents page.

From here, you should create opportunities to publish ScreenFlow projects. Below are some ideas that might help get you started:

  • integralCALC: Krista King has created a veritable math-based learning empire with her highly-subscribed to YouTube channel and her website integralCALC Academy where she runs a membership site with unlimited access to video-based screencasting tutorials about math.
  • KhanAcademy: Salman Khan is a former hedge fund analyst who left Wall Street to pursue his passion for providing free online education to the world. Today's footprint of his passion is KhanAcademy where Sal and his partners provide literally hundreds of screencast tutorials that uses a blackboard delivery style for hundreds of topics.

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About the Instructor
4.8 Average rating
295 Reviews
2,745 Students
4 Courses
Helping students digitize their knowledge for the web

Mel Aclaro (a.k.a., the "Screencasting Wizard") is a 15-year veteran of the eLearning industry. After a stint flying for the U.S. Navy, Mel got started in the online learning industry as a management consultant with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). While there, he specialized in organizational change management, training and eLearning.

Today, Mel is the online learning architect and resident "Screencasting Wizard" at Kareo, one of Forbes' 2013 list of 100 Most Promising Companies in America. He also works with local small businesses and professional associations to develop compelling and engaging online web video "screencast" presentations to help them build niche audiences, reach more people and profit from their digital know-how.

Mel blogs regularly at ScreencastingWizard and is the author of Digital-Know-How, a training website devoted to developing learners' skills for screencasting and web video course development.

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