TopTenREVIEWS - Gold Award - Awarded for excellence in design, usability and feature set

ScreenFlow offers powerful features and tools to capture and edit videos for professional tutorials, presentations, video training, software demos and more. This Mac video capture software offers all the editing tools we evaluated and most recording tools. It has ample conversion formats and full customer support.

This video grabber for Mac has an intuitive user interface that's akin to Apple's iMovie. It can record the contents of your entire screen, while at the same time capturing input from your video camera, microphone and computer audio.

It lets you create quality movies to publish to a website, blog, Vimeo or directly to YouTube. It makes the process of creating and publishing screencasts a cinch, especially the editing phase. ScreenFlow earns our TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award.

Recording Tools
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ScreenFlow records your entire screen but offers no options to capture just a portion of your screen. Company representatives tout this as a benefit, though users may find it a nuisance. ScreenFlow's algorithms ensure that it captures only areas of change on your screen. Therefore, it captures the entire screen, but keeps file sizes small. This lets you record everything and decide later what to edit out.

You can rotate videos, crop them and change their opacity. You can add shadows, alter colors and blur them. You can adjust the saturation, brightness and contrast, and add filters. This video capture software for Mac lets you record from an iSight or USB camera for a personalized video screencast of which you can be the star.

You can adjust the screen-recording properties to show or hide the mouse pointer, change the percentage of pointer zoom from zero to 500 percent and change the appearance of the pointer. You can set up this application to show keystrokes during recording. You also can add screen actions such as pan and zoom.

The options for audio recording are easy to use. If you want to record computer audio, click the Record Computer Audio box. This will record audio from iTunes, sounds from a web browser, Apple's alert sounds and so on. To record audio, you must install an additional free driver.

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ScreenFlow's editing tools are extensive and among the best of the Mac video capture software we reviewed. They are straightforward and easy to use. If you're familiar with Mac video editing applications such as iMovie, you should be able to work easily in ScreenFlow.

After recording, the editor window pops up with your captured video in place. The large window displays the edited project in the center-left of the interface display. A Timeline is situated at the bottom, which is where editing takes place. On the right side is a window that lets you adjust properties of the video, audio, screen recording and callout action, in which you can highlight certain parts of the video, as well as annotations and text.

There are a number of pro-level tools in ScreenFlow's video editor, including the ability to adjust the playback speed – slow and fast motion, and freeze frames – add 2D and 3D transitions to clips, add text and graphics, and trim your video, among other tasks.

The callout action feature can highlight a specific portion of a video, such as a Finder window on the desktop. You can then adjust the background opacity and add blur. You can zoom in on the foreground too.

ScreenFlow lets you add text over videos and adjust annotation properties and colors. You apply text by adding a text box and then typing in the text. You can change fonts and text sizes.

Audio-editing options include adjusting the volume manually and an advanced feature called audio ducking, which is when the level of one audio signal is lowered in favor of another. Essentially, if there are two tracks of audio, such as a voiceover narration and music, audio ducking will keep the music volume low while the narrator is talking on the other track.

You can detach audio from video clips and process the audio to smooth volume levels and mix the input to mono. This video grabber software lets you remove background noise and add effects such as band-pass filters and reverbs that imitate those of several size chambers and rooms, such as a cathedral. You also can add audio filters, recordings and other media.

ScreenFlow's sharing functions offer direct upload to YouTube, so you don't have to export the video. It can be done from within ScreenFlow.

Conversion Formats
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You can create different video formats with ScreenFlow. These include MPEG-4, WMV, QuickTime (MOV), AIFF and PNG, for screenshots.

You also can publish to Flash, which creates an HTML option for website use. ScreenFlow does not convert files to AVI or WAV.

 

Help & Support
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ScreenFlow offers a full array of support options, including telephone and email. There are online video tutorials to assist you with getting started and user forums, a blog and a FAQs page with a knowledgebase. While using the software, you can call up help via the help option in the menu bar.
 

ScreenFlow Summary:
8.5/10

ScreenFlow is terrific Mac video capture software to record video on Mac computers and from an iSight or USB camera. This video recorder for Mac offers strong editing tools. It's easy to use and has advanced video- and audio-editing features to produce professional videos. It lacks the ability to capture only portions of your screen, but that's not necessarily a downside because you can easily crop the footage. This product earns our strongest recommendation.

 
 
 

ScreenFlow 4.0.2

Pros
This Mac video capture software offers the strongest editing tools for video and audio and a full array of customer support options.

Cons
You cannot convert files to AVI or WAV.

The Verdict
: 8.5/10

This product is a great tool for capturing and editing any activity on your computer monitor, including videos and software demonstrations. It earns our highest recommendation.