Join Chris Mattia for an in-depth discussion in this video Timeline editing basics, part of ScreenFlow Essential Training.
- [Instructor] In this chapter, we're going to shift our focus to refining your story by learning how to edit your movie with ScreenFlow. This is where you'll most likely spend most of your time within ScreenFlow. If you're following along, I'm in the Timeline project. ScreenFlow arranges your media clips into a stack of individual tracks. Think of these as layers of glass that you're looking down through from top to bottom. Content on a higher track will appear on top of or in front of other content that happens to be on a lower track.
A common organizational practice in most video editing programs is to arrange your tracks so that all the visible media appears on the upper tracks and any audio only tracks appear on lower tracks. You can change the position of a track by using the small grabber handles here, on the left side of the track, and then click and drag that track into its new position in the stack. If you're working with a lot of tracks, it may be helpful to switch to short track mode by clicking on the small down arrow to shrink the track height down or click on the small up arrow to expand the height of a track, to get a better look at, say, the audio waveform on an audio track.
If you want to temporarily disable the visual contents of a track, click the Eye icon on the left side of the track to temporarily turn the visibility off or click it again to turn it back on. The Speaker icon will temporarily turn off the audio, and clicking it again will turn the audio back on. This can be really helpful when working with multiple layers of content, and you need to focus in on a particular track or audio file. The key focus point while you're editing is the scrubber or playhead.
Clicking on this small bar just above the track will jump the playhead to that location. Use your Left and Right Arrow keys to nudge the playhead one frame at a time, or hold down the Shift key with the Arrow key and move the playhead one second at a time in either direction. If you press Command + a, you can select all of the clips, and we've already seen that you can press t to split the clips at the current playhead location and that automatically selects the clips on the left side of the split.
If I undo that by pressing Command + z, and then this time hold down the Shift key while I press t, the clips on the right side of the split will be selected this time. You can quickly set in and out points for an edit by moving your playhead to a particular location and pressing the i key to set an in point, and then click again and press the o key to set an out point. If you then press Command + Delete, the selection will be deleted and the gap will automatically be closed.
This is called a ripple cut. Simply pressing the Delete key will cut the clips, but it will leave a gap that you'll need to manually close or fill in with some other content. To intentionally create a gap in your movie, move your playhead to a desired location, and then click and drag the small flag at the bottom of the playhead to split the clips and open up some space for a new clip to be inserted. Another way to set in and out points is to move your cursor up to the playhead bar and then hold down the Shift key as you click.
This will create an automatic selection between your playhead's original location and your cursor's new location. This works on either side of the playhead. If you have a selection and you want to get rid of it, you can press Option + z to clear the selection. With a clip selected, you can nudge that clip's position one frame at a time by pressing the square bracket keys on your keyboard. The left bracket key will move the clip one frame to the left, and the right bracket will move the clip one frame to the right.
Finally, when you drag clips next to each other, they'll automatically snap together. To get finer control of your clip placement, you can turn off snapping by toggling the snapping icon here in the bottom right of your window, giving you more control over clip placement. I prefer having snapping on and only turning it off when I really need it, so I'll turn that setting back on.
- Setting up a recording account
- Choosing and calibrating a microphone
- Making, editing, and sharing a screen recording
- Modifying the recording settings
- Recording an iOS Device
- Recording a FaceTime or webcam camera
- Editing video using a timeline
- Importing and placing media
- Creating transitions
- Applying audio and video effects
- Editing audio
- Creating annotations
- Sharing to YouTube
- Exporting to a local file