I use Screenflow

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I get this question at least 2-3 times a week: “Hey Terry, I really like your video/tutorials what software do you use to record them?” The answer is Screenflow by Telestream. I’ve been using this software to record my Adobe Creative Suite Video Podcast for a couple of years now and from time to time I even use it to record product demos. After the intro, which was created with Adobe After Effects the first thing that usually catches people’s eye is the image of me in the corner while the computer display is large and angled off to the side. This is a native feature of Screenflow and was one of the reasons I settled on it a couple of years ago. Over the years Telestream has continued to bolster the feature set making it pretty much a total solution for not only recording, but editing and distributing screen recordings. While Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 is my video editor of choice, I find that I can do the simple edits I need to do for my episodes right in Screenflow.

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I record my screen in 720p HD and the resulting export from Screenflow looks really good. From there I use the Adobe Media Encoder to go out to the other formats and sizes I need. However, I typically upload the Screenflow exported movie right to YouTube for my YouTube Channel so that my viewers there can enjoy the content in HD.

Screenflow 4 adds even more…

screenflow-chromakey

The image of me in the corner shot on green screen with the Muse artwork applied to the background in post.

The latest version of Screenflow even adds 64bit support as well as Chromakey effects so that I can shoot myself on green screen and then superimpose whatever imagery I want behind me. I’m stilling working out the lighting aspects of this in my office that I record from, but the results have been good all things considered. They also including nested clips, closed captioning and several other editing features to make it even easier to edit your final product right in Screenflow.

What equipment do I use?

c920

Since I’m typically doing these recordings alone I need everything to just work! I’m using a Logitech C920 HD webcam on a tripod to record the image of me and

Rode Podcaster in my studio

I’m use a Rode Podcaster mic. As far as lighting goes I use a Westcott Spiderlight TD6 continuous light to light me. I also have their uLite green screen kit.

Currently Screenflow is a Mac only product. If you’re looking for a solution on the Windows side (or another choice for Mac), then I’d also suggest you take a look at the new Adobe Captivate.

  • http://solidspace.ie Eric Dumas

    Thanks for the podcast software name. Now all I need is tons to practice and hope to get, one day, as good as you. Thanks Terry!

  • http://www.kentkingery.com Kent Kingery

    How are you getting the C920 webcam to work on the Mac? I know the C910 will work, but I thought the C920 was Windows-only?

    • http://terrywhite.com Terry White

      It has worked since day one. Just plug it in.

  • Chris Lewis

    Have you ever tried Camtasia for Mac from TechSmith? Their Windows version has been the go-to for screencasting for a lot of people. I’ve used it some for work, but never tried the Mac version.

  • http://theinclusionclub.com Peter Downs

    Thanks Terry

    I’ve been using Screenflow for a couple of years – the latest features add a lot more capability with audio and video editing – for my purposes it’s all I need to make great screencasts – I’d highly recommend it to anyone – very user friendly too.

  • Rashid Zaffer

    Terry, what boom arm do you use to hold the rode microphone? Thx.

    • http://terrywhite.com Terry White

      The one that came with it in the kit. Link in the article.

  • http://www.marliton.com Marlon Ceballos

    Hi Terry, the C920 HD works with Mac OX 10.8 in 720p or 1080p?

    • http://terrywhite.com Terry White

      It supports 1080p provided your recording software does. I just did a quick test using QuickTime Player 7 Pro and set the recording prefs to “Device Native” and it yielded a 1080p movie. However, Screenflow sees it as a 720p cam and doesn’t allow me to adjust that.

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