Six years ago when I created TeacherCast, I started with the idea to teach educators how to best use their technology products through video. I was looking to find an application that was not only easy to use but would put my videos above others due to their professional quality and unique features. What I found was a fantastic application in Telestream ScreenFlow and today, they are announcing a new version that makes the product one that you should take a look at too for your video editing projects.
When it comes to video editing and screen capturing, there are two types of applications available. First, there is the type that will allow you to capture your screen, audio, and perhaps your webcam and provide you with a nice exported video of exactly what you recorded. Second, there are those applications that take screencasting and video production to that next level and provide a dynamic editing component.
Of the second variety, there are two products on the market that I often refer to educators. One of these is Camtasia from our friends at TechSmith and the other is ScreenFlow from our friends at Telestream and today they are announcing a brand new version.
This year, we had the opportunity to BETA test out the new ScreenFlow Version 7 that is complete with over 100 new features and upgrades. It is a solid application that is a nice upgrade from previous versions. It is with great pleasure that with this blog, we are announcing Telestream ScreenFlow as the first recipient of the brand new TeacherCast “Best in Class” Award that will be given out to only the best applications that meet and exceed our new 15 point educational checklist. Let us begin share with you why Telestream ScreenFlow has earned this distinction.
Telestream® specializes in products that make it possible to get video content to any audience regardless of how it is created, distributed or viewed. Throughout the entire digital media lifecycle, from capture to viewing, for consumers through high-end professionals, Telestream products range from desktop components and cross-platform applications to fully-automated, enterprise-class digital media transcoding and workflow systems. Telestream enables users in a broad range of business environments to leverage the value of their video content.
Telestream customers include the world’s leading media and entertainment companies: content owners, creators, and distributors. In addition, a growing number of companies supplying and servicing much larger markets such as ad agencies, corporations, healthcare providers, government and educational facilities, as well as video prosumers and consumers, are turning to Telestream to simplify the access, creation, and exchange of digital media.
Founded in 1998, Telestream corporate headquarters are located in Nevada City. The company is privately held.
Price / Financials
- Full Version:$129.00 (available directly from Telestream Win/Mac or on the Mac App Store)
- If upgrading from version 6: $39.00 (Version 6 purchases in the last 30 days already own version 7 for free!)
Quick Tip: Where you have the opportunity to purchase ScreenFlow on the Mac App Store, my suggestion is to purchase directly through the Telestream website. By doing this, it allows you to take advantage of the $39 upgrade as Version 7 will be released as a brand new app on the App Store and not able to offer a discount for those who have previously purchased version 6 on the App Store.
What does the product suggest it can do?
“With ScreenFlow screen recording, you can record any part of your monitor while also capturing a video camera, iOS device, microphone, multi-channel audio device and computer audio” – Telestream’s Website
What other ways can the product be used?
On the surface, Telestream ScreenFlow markets itself as a fantastic screen capture application, however many use it as their primary video editing tool because of its versatility and robust toolset.
While recording, ScreenFlow gives you the opportunity to capture not only what is on the screen, but it allows you to take video of yourself using your webcam. This feature can be used by teachers to create flipped classrooms, explainer videos, or even by administrators looking to speak directly to their community without needing to export out to another video editing platform. It simply is a complete television studio in one app.
How does ScreenFlow fit into the curriculum?
Screencasting simple How-to videos and creating standards-based flipped classroom videos is one of those skills that every teacher should have in their back pocket. As two of the popular “4C’s,” video editing tools promotes creativity and collaboration between teachers and students.
How does ScreenFlow fit into the ISTE Standards?
- Standard 2: Design and develop digital age learning experiences and assessments
- Standard 3: Model digital age work and learning
- Standard 4: Promote and model digital citizenship and responsibility
Where can we find more info?
What prep time is needed to use ScreenFlow?
Starting your first screencast is as simple as launching the application, checking your camera and audio settings and clicking on the record icon. Although there are many buttons and features to the editing side, you don’t need many of them and editing your projects look fantastic with a simple cut and layering tools. The editing canvas is also set up in a way that makes sense if you have experience with other nonlinear editors and it’s easy to learn the simple keyboard shortcuts to increase your efficiency.
What are the system requirements for ScreenFlow?
- Intel-based1 Mac2 with 64-bit processor – Core i3+ recommended
- Operating Systems
- macOS 10.11 El Capitan
- macOS 10.12 Sierra
- Minimum 2 GB RAM
- 20 GB hard drive
- Apple macOS approved graphics card3,4 required
- Cameras using the HDV codec are not supported
Is ScreenFlow worth purchasing or using with students?
If you are looking to take your screencasts to the next level and you are really getting into creating high-quality explainer videos then Screencast is a great addition to any library of applications. If you are simply looking to create a few short videos there are many other options I would recommend (mentioned above in this review) that are in the “free” variety.
ScreenFlow Version 7: Final Opinions
There are two types of screencasting applications on the market today. Ones that simple record what it sees and hears, and others that providing editing and publishing features. Of those that offer the complete solution, ScreenFlow from Telestream is one of the best. As a regular user of ScreenFlow since version 4, I find ScreenFlow easy to use and you can quickly create professional style videos in a very short amount of time.
My own personal workflow consists of recording and editing in ScreenFlow and then exporting to Final Cut Pro X once the screencast part of the video is done to add those personal TeacherCast touches before finally publishing online. It’s a bit overkill, but it works for me.
If you are looking for a professional screencasting/editing application, your two choices come down to ScreenFlow and Camtasia (check out our full review here) and at that point, it’s a matter of personal preference.
What is your Screencasting Application of Choice?
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