Free Video Tutorial: ScreenFlow 8 Foundation - Part 1 - Apple Mac, iPad & iPhone Tutorials from ScreenCastsOnline

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ScreenFlow 8 is an amazing all-in-one solution for the capturing, editing and exporting of screencasts. Screencasts are a fantastic way for you to capture and spread knowledge, whether it's for friends, family, colleagues or even documenting processes or procedures for yourself.

Both iOS and macOS Mojave already have built-in capabilities for capturing screencasts, but these are fairly rudimentary. ScreenFlow is a full-featured video editor in its own right but is optimised for screen captures.

Due to the complexity and feature-rich nature of ScreenFlow, we're going to spread the tutorial over three episodes. This first part looking at the basics of ScreenFlow, followed in a couple of weeks with a second and third episode highlighting and explaining some of the more advanced features.

Update: The tutorial suggests using SwitchResX to assist in setting up custom HiDPi screen resolutions. Thanks to member Adam Saunders for pointing out that, beginning with El Capitan, System Integrity Protection or SIP does not allow SwitchResX to modify the files it needs to provide this. However, there is a workaround at on the SwitchResX website - https:// This is a one-off action and is only required to save the custom resolutions and SIP can be restarted once actioned.

The full tutorial covers:

  • Introduction
  • Preferences
  • Creating A Project
  • Screen Recording Resolution
  • Recording a Clip
  • Working with the Timeline
  • Editing Clips
  • Adjusting Clips
  • Transitions
  • Markers
  • Export

App Store Links: ScreenFlow 8 - Mac App Store

Show Links: Telestream Website

Video Tutorial Comments

(4 comments posted)

Robert Crutcher

Your recommendation of setting the screen resolution of the monitor to of 1280 x 720 or 1600 x 900 when recording a screencast works fine with an iMac or a Macbook Pro but I have my MacPro connected to an Ultrawide Monitor (Native resolution 3440 x 1440). What’s the best strategy here? Or isn’t there one? Oh, and I set the canvas in SF8 to 1920 x 1080 as you suggested.

I’ve tried setting the resolution to either 1080p or 720p (which really distorts the display while I’m recording) but when I finally export my screencast it looks okay. I’m just wondering if there’s anything else one can do.


Don McAllister

Hi Robert, the only thing you can do is set the resolution to 1080 or 720 if using the ultra wide monitor as your recording screen.

Or add a second monitor with a more standard aspect ratio and use that as your recording screen.

Adam Saunders

Hi Don,
After purchasing SwitchResX i discovered I could not select the HiDPi option (none available).
The website states that beginning with El Capitan, System Integrity Protection does not allow SwitchResX to modify the files it needs to provide this.
You have to boot up and run terminal commands to make this available.
Just thought you would like to know.


Don McAllister

Hi Adam,

Thanks for the heads up. It’s been so long since I installed SwitchResX that I’d forgotten about this! You only need to to do once to save a customer resolution, then you can switch SIP back on. I will add your comments to the show notes as they are extremely helpful and may assist others who come up with the same issue.

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