Join Chris Mattia for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding the screencast production workflow, part of ScreenFlow Essential Training.
- [Instructor] Throughout this course, we'll focus on the process of recording, editing, and sharing screencast content with Screenflow, but what is a screencast? A screencast is generally considered to be a movie where the primary imagery is of the computer screen and the audio is the person's voice and any sound coming out of the computer. Some screencasts may also contain some live action that's captured either from your webcam or other type of video camera, music or sound effects and animations that are created with a presentation tool such as Keynote or PowerPoint or with motion graphics applications such as Motion or After Effects.
One of the beautiful things about screencast content is that there really is no one right or wrong way to prepare and record them. The important thing is that you're able to clearly tell your story. Who your intended audience is and what their expectation is as far as finished quality of work that they're expecting will largely determine how much effort you need to put in to each of these steps. For example, I record a lot of screencasts that are completely off the cuff and they're just for myself or for others where there's little to no expectation of having a finished screencast.
However, I also record some screencasts where I go to great lengths to ensure that everything I'm saying and doing on screen is to the best of my ability. You will likely find a similar range of quality in the content that you produce. The general workflow starts by planning out what you'll say and do in the movie. This may be as simple as a bulleted list that notes the key points of the movie all the way to a full formal script. I tend to prefer to either script out the opening and closing lines of my movie and list the key bullet points in between or write a full script of everything I'm going to say.
Next is preparing to record. This may involve setting up a dedicated recording account, selecting and calibrating your microphone, installing and configuring the necessary software to record the screencast and the software that you'll be demonstrating, preparing any files that you'll be interacting with, and recording a final sound test to make sure your audio and screen will both be recorded exactly how you want them to be. The last step in preparing to record is to practice walking through all of the actions you'll be taking on screen during your movie.
I can't stress enough how important this step is. Quickly walk through each action you'll be taking on screen just before you're ready to record. Move your mouse around the screen and build up some muscle memory on where you need to move your mouse to, what dialogue boxes will likely appear and know what changes you'll be making to your document. You'll save yourself hours of editing time and greatly improve the overall quality of your movie by doing a simple walkthrough.
Now, it's time to record your screen, microphone and computer audio. You may also choose to record your webcam at the same time. Screenflow is an excellent program for capturing all of this media. When your recording is complete, you'll want to edit your footage. Now this may be as simple as trimming off the extra footage that's captured at the beginning and end of a recording and removing major mistakes. You can also choose to take your screencast to the next level by enhancing your story with additional media, overlays, applying special effects and creating closed captions.
When you're finished editing, it's time to share your screencast with the world and this may be as simple as exporting your movie out to your local computer or publishing it online at YouTube, Vimeo, or some other online platform. Throughout this course, our primary focus will be on all of the various steps of this workflow. We'll also touch on many of the ways to take your screencast to the next level.
- 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