Hands on with ScreenFlow 7

Keith White
7 September, 2017
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I’ve been using ScreenFlow since version 4 to create quick and easy instructional videos, among other things to help my workmates use a new FileMaker database system. With ScreenFlow I can capture all or part of my screen, my computer audio or any audio and video from connected cameras and microphones. I can also capture audio and video from any connected iOS device. All at the same time, if I wish. And yes, it captures my 5K iMac Retina screen at full quality.

ScreenFlow comes with a large suite of simple but quite powerful audio and video editing capabilities and a wide variety of export formats. So far each upgrade has brought more speed, smoother functioning and improved editing capabilities. So let’s see what version 7 has to offer.

First up there’s a new darker interface, which reminds me a little of Final Cut Pro X. It looks pretty classy and allows me to focus more easily on the mainscreen action. If I don’t like it I can choose a brighter option in Preferences. A handy new audio waveform rendering progress meter lets me know when my CPU is otherwise occupied and might be slowing down my editing. If there are images or short video/audio segments that I use frequently I can now store them in a global library rather than having to import them for each new project. I can also create my own hotkey or shortcut libraries. ScreenFlow 7 displays graphic interfaces for any Apple Audio Units which have them. This is a simple but most useful improvement. I can save predefined audio mixing setups to save time in future projects.

On the editing front I can choose a 60 FPS timeline, up from a maximum of 30 FPS in version 6. This allows me to do much finer editing if I need to. There are some new text animation effects and I can play clips in reverse. I’m still to work out what I’ll need that for! To fine tune my text display there are some improved kerning options. Under the hood there are performance improvements, especially when working with the ubiquitous MP4 format.

There are similar improvements in Export functions. I now have a wider range of automatic settings which I can fine tune to suit. As I modify a setting ScreenFlow gives me an estimated file size. Handy.

There are a number of other minor improvements which all add up to make ScreenFlow 7 a worthwhile upgrade. It’s a great tool for anyone who wants to create quick professional video content. A great product just got greater.

Pros: improved interface; useful audio improvements; performance boosts; 60 FPS editing timeline.

Cons: none significant.

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