Cre­ate your own tu­to­ri­als

Use the screen-cap­ture soft­ware ScreenFlow 5 to record video tu­to­ri­als

Mac Format - - IMPROVE -

There’s an old adage that goes, “Show, don’t tell”. And in­deed some­times you’ll be try­ing to tell a per­son how to do some­thing on a Mac, and it’s eas­ier to just show them how it works.

This is where screen record­ing soft­ware jumps in. Us­ing the right app you can record ex­actly what is on your desk­top, along with your own nar­ra­tion. This video can be up­loaded to YouTube, or sent di­rectly to some­body to show them what you’re talk­ing about.

The abil­ity to cre­ate quick video demon­stra­tions is a tremen­dous as­set. Cre­at­ing screen­casts and vlog­ging (cre­at­ing video blogs) are also popular pas­times, and it can be im­mensely re­ward­ing to share the things you learn with other users. It’s pos­si­ble to record your Mac screen us­ing Quick­Time Player, but if you get into screen record­ing then con­sider a pro­fes­sional pro­gram such as ScreenFlow 5.

This app en­ables you to record both your Mac’s desk­top and an iPhone or iPad screen at the same time, along with your own face, via the FaceTime HD cam­era. Once you have recorded the video you can edit it di­rectly in­side ScreenFlow 5, adding call­outs, an­no­ta­tions and text to ex­plain in depth what is hap­pen­ing on the screen.

The great thing about ScreenFlow 5 is that all the items are recorded separately, and you can edit them in­de­pen­dently to fo­cus on ex­actly the fea­tures you want to demon­strate.

In this tu­to­rial, we’re go­ing to take a look at record­ing a demon­stra­tion of im­age edit­ing in the Pre­view app, and use ScreenFlow 5 to edit and nar­rate our video be­fore shar­ing it on YouTube. Lou Hat­ter­s­ley

ScreenFlow 5 can help cre­ate screen record­ings with high­lighted call­outs, key­board presses and an­no­ta­tions.

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