Take a deep dive into the ScreenFlow recording settings. Walk through custom settings to control your recording frame rate, and explore the powerful advanced features of making looped and timed recordings.
- [Narrator] In this chapter we're going to take a deeper dive into the powerful recording capabilities of Screen Flow. From the new recordings window, you can initially set what sources you want to record, including the display for any connected monitor for your computer, the screen of a connected iOS device, video from a webcam, and audio from connected microphones, as well as any sound coming out of your computer. Each of these options is enabled by checking the box on the left side and then selecting the appropriate input from the drop down on the right.
Screen Flow records each of these inputs into separate tracks in the editor, giving you incredible control over your finished product. A new feature in Screen Flow Seven is this gear icon next to the microphone source. This lets you control the pan of each microphone input separately, as well as making fine tune adjustments to your input gain that'll get baked into your recording. Clicking this small open circle icon takes you to the advanced recording settings.
Here you can choose the frame rate that you want to capture your screen at. Use 30 frames per second or FPS if you need to capture quick screen motion content, such as videos, or animations. Use 15 frames per second for most all instructional screen casts, and either five or one for slideshows, such as PowerPoint or Keynote, that do not have a lot of built in animations or transitions. Use the setting for highest for really fast motion capture. The actual frame rate for the highest setting will vary depending on the speed of your graphics card and the current CPU load on your system.
If you're capturing game play, then set this to the highest setting. You'll likely see capture rates well above 60 frames per second. Next you can set what frame rate you want to edit your project at. You can choose between 30 or 60 frames per second and Screen Flow will automatically upcompress your slower frame rate captured footage to match the frame rate that you select here. Be aware though that the higher the frame rate that you record your desktop at and edit your video in will result in significantly larger file sizes, but will allow you to capture and edit on screen motion much better.
The lower the frame rate you choose the smaller your initial files will be. But motion may appear choppy for desktop captures below 15 frames per second. I find that a setting of 15 frames per second is a good medium for nearly all of my work, except for when I really need to capture faster motion on screen. Then I prefer to capture and edit at 30 frames per second unless I'm working with really high speed footage or game play. Next you can choose to record in a loop. If you check this option, once you begin recording Screen Flow will begin recording the inputs you've selected continuously, but it'll only save the last bit of the recording that you specify in the hours and minutes that you enter in here.
Now this is extremely helpful if you're trying to capture some action, but you're not exactly sure when that action is going to occur. Now this could be if you're recording your game play, and you want to capture a particular move or a point in the game but you don't need to capture the entire game. Or, if you're having an intermittent issue with an application that you're developing you could set this to record in a loop for say three minutes, start the recording, and when the bug occurs again, you can stop the recording.
You'll then have roughly three minutes of screen capture to know exactly what the user was doing prior to that bug happening. With the record in a loop button unchecked, and the stop recording after timer set, you can have Screen Flow automatically record for a set period of time. You'll likely find this extremely helpful for recording webinars that you want to watch at a later time. If the webinar is say an hour long, You may want to set the timer for say 70 minutes.
Then click the set timer button to lock in that time. Then press record five minutes before your webinar is supposed to begin, and Screen Flow will automatically stop recording five minutes after the webinar is scheduled to end, ensuring that you capture a little extra time at the beginning and end in case things run over a bit. If you use this feature, don't forget to come back into here and click the reset timer button to turn this feature off. This is also a great feature for capturing team meetings, lectures, and conference presentations.
Let's click the open circle icon to go back to the basic recordings window. At the bottom of this window is a custom region select tool which we'll look at in the next movie, and the start recording button. Pressing the start record button will begin a countdown timer so you can settle yourself and prepare to record. If you don't want to wait for the timer, you can click the timer and the recording will begin immediately. I like having the countdown timer though, to give me an extra reminder to take a deep breath and stop fidgeting in my chair, and focus on the recording.
You can go up to the Screen Flow menu and go down to preferences and then in the general tab you can uncheck this box to disable the countdown timer altogether, or you can change the number of seconds that the timer will run for. I think five is a bit too long. So I'll change mine down to three seconds. When you want to stop recording, press command shift two on your keyboard. If you have a project file already open, then a recording complete window will appear. From here you can choose to create a new document, add your recording to an existing document, name your recording, and check this box to add your clip directly to your timeline at the location of your scrubber.
You can also choose to discard this recording, which is what I'm going to do.
- Working with the ScreenFlow user interface
- Customizing keyboard shortcuts
- Creating recordings
- Recording an iOS device
- Video and audio editing basics
- Creating accessible caption tracks
- Creating animations
- Adding motion to clips
- Using annotation
- Exporting and sharing your movies