While I was with BatchBlue, I recorded a ton of how-to screencasts. I had a process down that I thoroughly documented on the BatchBlue Blog (in a three part series). I used ScreenFlick, a simple screencasting tool for the Mac. I loved it’s simplicity.
When I joined PatientsLikeMe, I wasn’t sure if screencasting would be a part of my job anymore. Rather quickly though, I was called upon to help pick software to capture some screen animations for our presentation at TEDMED. Panning and zooming was important, however—and that’s something ScreenFlick doesn’t do.
I had heard folks rave about ScreenFlow (again just for the Mac) a while back, and it looked gorgeous. The panning and zooming was a key feature, but foolishly I assumed those features would involve heavy duty editing. I preferred recording and being done with it.
Boy was I wrong.
My goodness, ScreenFlow is a dream to work with. Turns out the cropping, panning, and zooming can all be done after the fact (on your full-screen recording) with minimal effort and incredible ease of use. Plus, all the transitions are non-destructive, so you can experiment and ditch what doesn’t work while preserving your original recording. It’s much more like iMovie than ScreenFlick in that respect.
Shortly after the TEDMED presentation went over quite well, we decided the release of the new Treatment Reports on PatientsLikeMe would benefit from a screencast. I’ve embedded it below. I used ScreenFlow and the YouTube HD upload (for the first time as well). I’m very happy with the quality YouTube can churn out now for a screencast. Plus, it makes it much easier for folks to know when a new screencast is up!
Please, let me know what you think. I’m always looking to improve my screencasting!