ScreenFlow

Excellent professional screencasting studio

They say a picture paints a thousand words. Screencasts, which are videos of your computer screen and often used in tutorials, are a useful way to illustrate a point or program. ScreenFlow is a very polished screencasting application, which records just about anything and gives you a huge amount of editing options afterwards. View full description

PROS

  • Lots of effects
  • Simultaneous recording
  • Powerful but simple editor
  • Huge number of improvements in latest version

CONS

  • No way to subtitle or add text to screencasts

Excellent
9

They say a picture paints a thousand words. Screencasts, which are videos of your computer screen and often used in tutorials, are a useful way to illustrate a point or program. ScreenFlow is a very polished screencasting application, which records just about anything and gives you a huge amount of editing options afterwards.

ScreenFlow will record everything from your iSight camera to microphone audio or speaker audio enabling you to add crystal clear commentaries to your screencasts. ScreenFlow even monitors keystrokes and mouse movements, which is pretty clever. The app also has an excellent zoom function which allows you to add a touch of class and professionalism to your screencasts.

Recording quality is excellent, and thanks to a high frame-rate (which you can set), your videos look as if everything was actually happening on your screen. What's also surprising is that ScreenFlow is very lightweight for what is effectively a video editor, consuming relatively few CPU and RAM resources. Exporting is possible in all major formats and YouTube fans can now share their productions instantly.

The program has one glaring drawback however and that's that you can't add text, subtitles or simple text annotations to your beautifully produced screencasts. It's also a bit on the pricey side but if you're looking to produce professional looking screencasts, it's probably worth it.

ScreenFlow is an excellent screencasting application that just lacks text insertion support to make it a truly excellent application.

Changes

  • Please Note: Version 4 is a $29 paid upgrade from previous versions of ScreenFlow and will require a new serial number. If you install version 4 without purchasing a new serial number, your videos exported from ScreenFlow 4 will contain a watermark.
  • Stay more organized
  • Nested Clips
  • Merge multiple elements into a single (nested) clip on the timeline
  • Access and edit nested content on a separate tabbed timeline
  • Apply filters and video actions to nested clips as a way to join content
  • Media library organization tools
  • Easily find and organize all the clips in your library
  • Search for a specific clips
  • Arrange clips by name, duration, or type
  • View your media in list view
  • Select a clip and see where it's used in your timeline
  • Reach new audiences:
  • Closed Caption support
  • Add, edit and publish ADA compliant soft subtitles as caption tracks to your MPEG-4 movies and YouTube videos
  • Create captions in multiple languages
  • Export captions as an SRT file
  • MPEG-4 export
  • Export faster, higher quality MPEG-4 files using the x264 codec
  • Razzle-dazzle 'em:
  • Chroma key
  • Replace your green (or any color) background with your own video or still image background
  • Core image video and audio filters
  • Add effects to videos, images and audio
  • Video effects include advanced color adjustments, distortion effects, blurring, alpha mask, color effects, and more
  • Audio effects include EQ, multiband compression, peak limiting, delay and more
  • Freehand callout support for all media
  • Formatting for display of Show Keystrokes
  • Cursor effect improvements
  • User-definable canvas size for new documents
  • Display of transition angles in degrees
  • Publish to Vimeo in 1080p option
  • Publish to YouTube as unlisted option
  • ProRes Alpha Channel Support in export on OS X 10.7+
  • Streamline your workflow and save time:
  • Dynamic Update of Media
  • Update and reload modified imported assets directly from within ScreenFlow into the library, timeline and canvas (This feature is not available in the Mac App Store version of ScreenFlow)
  • Recording timer
  • Set a duration of time you want ScreenFlow to record
  • Paste a clip into an existing gap in the timeline
  • "JKL" keystrokes for fast forward and rewind
  • Zoom gestures for quick navigation
  • One-click starting and ending transitions
  • Visible timecode display
  • Scrollbar navigation for preview area
  • Default duration preference for actions and transitions
  • Numerical crop option for cropping media
  • Shortcut button for scaling timeline
  • Display of stereo audio waveforms in timeline
  • Single video frame export to a PNG file
  • Increased increment of timeline zoom
  • Improved access to gear menu
  • Improved document load performance and memory usage with QuickTime editing scalability improvements
  • Improved playhead positioning after pasting
  • 4.0.5:
  • Fixed issue that caused engine failure message in certain situations when trying to activate ScreenFlow license

— User reviews — about ScreenFlow

  • MarioKart Gamer!

    by MarioKart Gamer!

    "Rating"

    I'd say everything is good except the long exporting and that dang "Demo Mode" watermark. How about th... More.

    reviewed on June 15, 2016

  • rockytapscott

    by rockytapscott

    "Version 6.0 crashes with run time errors and deletes your video's content"

    Version 6.0 crashes with run time errors and deletes the content of your videos while leaving the shell. That means you ... More.

    reviewed on June 5, 2016

  • User1231231

    by User1231231

    "Very good softare."

    Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry's standard ... More.

    reviewed on July 4, 2015

  • aditya.sreedhar.5

    by aditya.sreedhar.5

    "Just plain awesome!"

    Love screen flow!!! Its the best experience i had from any other screen recording tools I used, It was simple, cheap and... More.

    reviewed on May 30, 2014

  • Sandee Cohen

    by Sandee Cohen

    "Highest end video capture and editing"

    I've been using ScreenFlow for about four years now and I couldn't live without it. But I'm surprised at the comment th... More.

    reviewed on July 25, 2013

  • Mark S.

    by Mark S.

    "Inaccurate Softonic review"

    This review isn't accurate at all. ScreenFlow will add titles, which you can put anywhere on the image and treat exactly... More.

    reviewed on February 22, 2013