Use ScreenFlow Like a Pro with a Few Simple Tips

Use ScreenFlow Like a Pro with a Few Simple Tips

One of the most valuable apps on my Mac is ScreenFlow, which is a screen recorder and powerful video editor rolled into one. I love this app, and I use it basically every single day at my day job to make video tutorials or even tiny GIFs that I use to communicate new features our company is rolling out to its products.

So with hudereds of hours of experience with it now, and a workflow that I think is really efficient, I decided it was time to try and help other people get better screencasts with it, so I made this video, which takes you through a quick project where I share exactly what I do to get something that looks good, is helpful to viewers, and isn’t so much work that you’ll never want to do it again.

Enjoy, and if you want to give ScreenFlow a shot, it has a free trial here. It’s $129 if you want to buy it, so you really need a use case for it, but if you do, I really think you’ll like it.

P.S. This is not a sponsored post, I just really like ScreenFlow.

Why I Liked the Android 10 Update

This can only go well, right?

This was actually a video I made in September but didn’t feel like posting right away. As the description and title cards try to make exceptionally clear, this is not a video bashing Android, it’s just fun to see Android folks praise the virtues of things iOS either has or has had for literally a decade. The Android 10 update was really the “let’s add a bunch of things iOS does to make things safer for our users” update, and I think that’s why I liked it.

Video: My First Impressions of the Galaxy S10e

I feel like I got lucky in getting the Samsung Galaxy S10e a couple days early and took the opportunity to put together a quick(ish) video about some of the things that stand out to me right off the bat. This video was produced over a couple hours this morning and afternoon, and of course was done entirely with the iPad (all footage was shot on the iPhone XS, Galaxy S10e, and OnePlus 6).

If you like the video, please share it on Twitter or throw it a like on YouTube. I would say to subscribe, this this site is a way better way to keep up with me than my sporadic YouTube channel.

Reuniting with the First iPod I Ever Bought

Traditionally, I sell my old tech to help pay for the new stuff. I like to keep up the the latest and greatest, and have never quite had the means to just pay full price for everything right away. Selling the old stuff enabled me to keep up.

That said, I now feel like I have a blind spot for those old gadgets. Without a tangible connection to the past, I feel like I can lose perspective on how we’ve progressed. With that in mind I took to eBay to pick up a 2004 iPod (4th generation), which just so happens to be the first big tech product I ever bought. These are my first impressions after a couple days with it back in my life.

Off the Tracks (a Final Cut Pro X movie)

I learned to edit in iMovie and then upgraded to Final Cut Pro, Avid, and Premier. I love editing video, and my brain was trained for a good decade or so to use the now classic non-linear timeline. Final Cut Pro X broke my brain, and the brains of many others in 2011 when it changed everything.

I've since given FCPX another shot and I think it's a brilliant piece of video editing software, and it makes the workflows of all other major players look archaic. by comparison. This movie looks like a Final Cut Pro X advertisement, but I'm pretty sure it's just being made by people who love FCPX and want to the world to know it.

I don't know how good this movie is going to be, but one line in this trailer stood out to me. Someone says everyone has a story in them and FCPX allows more people than ever to tell their stories. This carries a lot of water with me when I look at the YouTube community and see just how many of them are using Final Cut and are loving it. If you can break your habits just for a second and embrace this new way of edit on its own terms, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised by how great this tool has become since its 2011 launch.

3 Little Android Annoyances

I took a few minutes this morning to look at 3 of the small things that make using Android a bit of a pain to use on a daily basis. These are by no means deal-breakers to keep you from switching from iOS to Android, but you should be aware of some of the pain points in places you are not used to in iOS.

First Impressions of the Nextbit Robin

The Nextbit Robin is a downright coolest looking phone I have ever seen since the iPhone 4. While the rest of the industry is focused on metal and glass and trying to remove everything that's not a screen, the Robin in soft plastic and demands to be noticed.

I've spent a couple days with the phone and wanted to share my first impressions. Overall, it's a delightful, if flawed phone.

Login Magic with 1Password for iOS

iOS allows password managers like 1Password and LastPass to easily log you into certain apps and websites. This works in all websites, and quite a few apps (although app developers need to build in support for these apps). Instapaper has a nice implementation of this, and I wanted to show off how quick and easy logging in with 1Password can be.

Meanwhile, Spotlight search for passwords is not something I use every day, but is very helpful in those cases where I really need it.