Screen­flow 5

App record­ing made easy, for blog­gers, de­vel­op­ers and ev­ery­one else

Mac Format - - RATED | MAC APPS - De­vel­oper Te­lestream, te­ iOS 8, 2GB RAM OS OS X 10.9+ or later Ex­cel­lent edit­ing tools Mul­ti­ple si­mul­ta­ne­ous record­ings

Record­ing apps as they work is a task that feels like it should be straight­for­ward, but it can of­ten be rid­dled with is­sues. Any­one who has recorded a ses­sion with Quick­Time’s free op­tion only to end up with a silent file will know about this, as will those who have used an Air­Play-based method for snag­ging an iOS de­vice’s screen. Screen­flow is a costly way to make it easy, but nonethe­less it's pow­er­ful and sup­ports both your Mac’s screen and iOS de­vices at­tached over USB.

The record­ing is sim­ple, but it’s in the edit­ing that Screen­flow earns its price. While it's nowhere near as com­pli­cated a video ed­i­tor as some­thing like Premiere El­e­ments, its tools are well cho­sen for the pur­pose. In Mac record­ings, for in­stance, you can track and iso­late the cur­sor with a spot­light. On iOS, it has no way of record­ing taps and swipes di­rectly, so it pro­vides a li­brary of visual in­di­ca­tors for you to drag and drop onto the record­ing: zooms, two- and four-fin­ger swipes – all the ba­sics. You can then ap­ply Ac­tions to each video that zoom and ro­tate and ap­ply ef­fects to it, as well as snap­ping back to the de­fault set­tings as eas­ily as cre­at­ing a new re­set ac­tion. Ef­fects in­clude adding ‘shiny ta­ble’ re­flec­tions, shad­ows, video fil­ters and ba­sic colour cor­rec­tion. You can also have mul­ti­ple record­ings on each can­vas, to show off Mac/iOS in­ter­op­er­abil­ity, dif­fer­ent ver­sions, or what­ever else, as well as drag in me­dia such as back­ground images, so the screen isn’t taken up with your app. This al­lows for more than record­ing, giv­ing the re­sults lots of style with a pro­fes­sional-qual­ity ex­port.

For ad­vanced edit­ing, you should still con­sider Fi­nal Cut, but as an allin-one app, they don’t come bet­ter than Screen­flow. Richard Cobbett

Screen­flow 5 has ev­ery­thing you need to record Mac and iOS apps… ex­cept for the Mac and iOS de­vice, of course.

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