ScreenFlow is hands-down the best application for recording a "screencast," or a video of your Mac's desktop. Pretty much all you have to do is hit Record and go for it. And now with version 4, developer Telestream has filled ScreenFlow with new features that make it even better.
When Apple refreshed QuickTime Player in OS X Snow Leopard, they added a feature that many users didn’t know about: screen recording. Without using any fancy software, you can create a video of your Mac’s screen, complete with recorded audio from the built-in microphone. This feature can be used to create easy-to-follow screencasts that can be sent to anyone in order to better explain a visual topic.
Today we’ll show you how to put this feature of QuickTime Player X to work.
You can use Final Cut Pro’s keyframe tools to animate pretty much anything you can see on the screen. This is fantastic when modifying filters over time for instance, but when it comes to animating objects, it can get a little tedious to always have to resort to numbers and sliders. There is however a way to control your object and animate it straight from the Canvas window.
Final Cut Pro is much more than an video editing program. You have at your disposal hundreds of filters you can apply to your clips and you can buy countless others produced by different companies. All these effects are housed in the Menu Bar’s Effects menu. But there’s another effect that isn’t available from there called "composite mode." Essentially, they’re designed to control how one layer of video affects another. We’ll be showing you how they work in this video tutorial by creating a backdrop for your lower-third title that fades to the right of the screen.