3. ScreenFlow Video with a Keynote Slideshow

ScreenFlow videos, making your first

Link to 24 Things You Can Do with ScreenFlowYou will now open a Keynote slideshow and incorporate it into a YouTube video that you create with ScreenFlow.

The purpose of this first exercise is to help you get acquainted with some of the ScreenFlow features.

ScreenFlow camera IconYou will start by opening ScreenFlow, clicking on the movie camera icon and then selecting “record”. A black dot will appear within the movie camera icon.

1. Then open Keynote and the Title and 8 Pictures file.
Keynote slides for ScreenFlow2. Select the first Keynote slide. (The Keynote slides are in the left-hand column).
3. Click on the “Play” arrow above the slide. By the time a black screen appears, ScreenFlow will likely be recording all of the action on the screen.
4. Click in the black area each time you wish to have a new Keynote slide. Important: Often Keynote does not display the first few images quickly enough. You would be wise to go through the entire slide two or three times and then choose the best sequence.
5. When you feel like an image has been up long enough, click again to bring the next image in.
6. After you have finished playing all of your slides, click on the camera icon and select “stop record”.

ScreenFlow time line and scrubberIt is now time to edit your little video with ScreenFlow. Look at the timeline. It is one long rectangle representing everything that was just recorded. There will be much more video than you need.

1. Click the play button to watch the entire clip.
2. Decide which part of the clip you wish to keep.
3. Drag the scrubber to the beginning of that part, right click and select “split clip”. That will split the clip into 2 parts.
ScreenFlow scrubber to split clip4. Select the part you want to discard. If you don’t want to discard the entire clip, do point #3 over again on the smaller segment and make an even smaller segment. Now select the part you wish to delete.
5. Press the delete button.
6. Go to the end of the part you wish to keep and go through the same process. Keep selecting the parts you want to discard and then pressing the delete button.
7. Play your ScreenFlow video again to make sure that is what you want to keep.

8. Delete any left-over clips that you do not want.  If there are any tiny clips you want to repeat elsewhere, select them.  Then copy them into your clipboard.  Move the scrubber to the point where you wish to paste the clip.  Move your other clips over to make room for your new clip.  Select edit > paste.
9. In case something goes wrong, save it now. Save it as World Gurning Championship.

ScreenFlow shortcuts

The video below gives a number of shortcuts to help speed up production of your ScreenFlow videos.

The ScreenFlow Aspect Ratio

change aspect RatioYou will now work with the aspect ratio.
1. That represents the ratio between the length and the height.
2. YouTube uses a 16:9 aspect ratio.  16 x 80 = 1280.  9 x 80 = 720.  In this tutorial you will always use an aspect ratio of 1280 x 720.  Whatever dimensions you use, you must keep the length-width proportions at 16 to 9.  (For the advanced ScreenFlow user, there is one exception.)
3. If you do not have your aspect ratio set up properly, the sides of your YouTube video will display either black bars or else unwanted parts of your computer screen.
4. Click the icon shown in the image above.
5. Where it says “canvas”, change the first and second numbers to 1280 and 720 respectively and then click on “Apply”.
ScreenFlow scale Slider6. Select the video and then slide the scale bar back and forth so that the ideal amount of video is within the canvas.
7. If you click on the video, you can drag it around so that it is centred properly.
8. Save your ScreenFlow video.

Watch the YouTube video below to get an idea what your video should look like.

Multiple clips on a timeline

many ScreenFlow video clipsFrom time to time you may have a large number of clips that you want to place on a timeline.

You have two choices:
1. You can select each clip one at a time and expand them to fit onto the screen properly.
2. (The preferred option.) You can try selecting all of the clips at the same time so that they all expand at the same time to fit with the correct aspect ratio.

Nested Clips

Watch the video below to learn about nested clips.


Make a travelogue web page with a YouTube video at the top that starts running as soon as the page is open.  The video will have pictures of Vietnam open up and stay for three seconds.  Then it will transition to another picture using a cube transition.  There will be seven pictures altogether.  After the last picture, the video will loop and start over.

You will get the pictures from this Indochina Tours page.  Do as much as you can on your own before going to the next page for tips on how to do it.
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