Screencasts with ScreenFlow – Part 3

April 11, 2008

I’ve covered some of the basics for working with ScreenFlow in the two previous posts. At this point I want to show you a non-conventional way that I use screencasts on a regular basis. What I am referring to is creating videos that are not meant to live on YouTube or another publicly accessible server, rather, videos that have a very limited lifespan, as in hours.

I often find that a quick screencast is the most efficient means to explain something, from how to install/configuration an application to pointing out a problem spot in a block of code.

For example, in the video that follows I talk through the steps I recently explained to another blogger for inserting code into a php file on a WordPress blog to display a Digg icon. The video is short and to the point.

The same idea holds in the next video, no bells or whistles, just a simple description on how to choose a color using the Color Picker application and use the hex value of the selected color to configure style sheet information in an application.

If you are already familiar with creating screencasts, or would like to give it a go, you owe it to yourself to download a free trial of ScreenFlow.


Hi John,
Love the ScreenFlow tutorials. I’m trying to get up to speed with ScreenFlow and haven’t found an easy way to create a “freeze frame” (i.e., a single frame that the video can hold on while the audio continues to play). You had any luck doing this? Thanks for sharing the tutorials.

by Lowell on Apr 11, 2008 at 12:15 pm. Reply #

Hi Lowell,

Here’s what I would try:

#1 – Move the scrubber to the place you want to freeze
#2 – From the edit menu, select Split Clip (the clip will need to be selected in the timeline for the Split Clip option to be enabled)
#3 – With the split complete, you can now click on the end of the first clip and drag it to the right, essentially freezing the clip for the length time/amount you drag.

Hope that helps.


by john on Apr 11, 2008 at 1:18 pm. Reply #

I found this really helpful, but is there somewhere I can get more detailed tutorials? A “Screenflow for Dummies” so to speak?
I am trying to learn this for work, I think it will be brilliant for online classes

by Vicke on Aug 3, 2008 at 3:42 pm. Reply #

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