Telestream has just released a brand new product: Switch – A media playback, inspection and conversion tool for professionals. The beta version is ready to be tested. We would appreciate all of your input!
To go along with the release, we are giving away some iTunes gift cards. Post a picture to Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter of yourself with Switch and the hashtag #SwitchandWin (be creative!), or/and sign up to win here. Don’t forget to share with your friends to boost your chances of winning!
Here at Telestream we have some pretty amazing employees. Take Jim Boston, for example. Last November the second edition of his book TV on Wheels, co-authored with the CTO of NEP George Hoover, went on sale to the public. We sat down for an interview exploring the complexities of mobile TV broadcasting and a bit about Jim himself.
16 years of bringing you the most awesome and engaging video software products on the market!
16 years of working hard to meet the needs of an ever changing technologically advanced customer base!
16 years of growth and innovation!
And now, after 16 years, we are ready to update our look.
We are excited to announce the launch of a new logo, a new website, and a new look for Telestream. Take a moment to explore our new site! Let us know what you think and, as always, keep an eye out here for product announcements and discounts.
Thanks for trusting us for over 16 years, and here’s to another 16 more!
We developed ScreenFlow to be an intuitive, powerful piece of software. Even beginners will have no problem immersing themselves in screencasting and video editing with the versatile features on offer. At the same time, there are editing wizards out there in the Internet world whose expertise cannot be overlooked. One such expert is our new friend Jules Watkins. He offers an engaging, comedic and relaxed approach to creating amazing content with ScreenFlow, and does it quickly and efficiently with his ScreenFlow Hero tutorial series. He sat down with us to explore his credentials as an industry professional and his love and understanding of the power of ScreenFlow as a tool for entrepreneurs:
To start, tell us a bit about yourself.
So, my background is television. I was a TV Producer/Director in the UK for 11 years, making Reality and Entertainment TV for the BBC, MTV and Channel 4.
Some of the shows I directed included MTV’s Pimp My Ride, The Biggest Loser, Don’t Tell the Bride plus dozens more. I am trained in making TV that grows a huge fan base and is watched by millions. I also learned a lot in Post-Production by sitting next to, and directing, top editors for many hours and picking up their best tips. So now (after deciding to get out of the TV rat race) I use my experience to train entrepreneurs how to make profitable videos to attract clients and grow their business. I think I bring a lot to the table.
Why is ScreenFlow Hero a great online training course for ScreenFlow?
Here at Telestream we make every effort to produce products that are user friendly and intuitive. Our support teams are here to answer any questions you can throw their way, and we often produce our own tutorial videos.
Sometimes, though, it is best to learn from a peer. That’s why we love Jake Oxrieder’s YouTube page Geek Out Tech. He has over 20 videos highlighting and teaching different aspects of ScreenFlow in a concise and straightforward manner…all recorded using ScreenFlow, of course.
We asked him a couple questions about himself and his love for ScreenFlow…
Hi Jake. First off, thanks for taking time to speak with us. Let’s hear a bit about you. Where are you from and what do you do?
I’m from Spokane, WA and I used to install, configure, and maintain an Ethernet fiber optic network that carried traffic for businesses and Internet customers. I did this for a telecommunications company for 9 years until I was laid off last year.
After I was laid off, my wife encouraged me to develop a YouTube channel all about teaching people how to use Apple products and software for that platform. Keeping up to date and well informed about Apple products and helping people are things I enjoy doing, so my YouTube channel was a natural fit for me. With the help of my brother who’s an amazing graphics artist, I was able to get some branding done and bring the “Geek Out Tech” to life.
Sweet logo! How long have you been using ScreenFlow, and what do you use it for most often?
I have been using ScreenFlow since December of 2012, and I use it most often for doing any kind of tutorial videos where I need to capture my desktop. For my Geek Out Tech channel, that’s almost exclusively what I use for capturing and editing those videos.
What is your favorite aspect of ScreenFlow?
My favorite aspect of ScreenFlow is how intuitive the application is. It only requires a small amount of learning to start making some really nice videos.
Why is ScreenFlow better than other options for screen recording and editing?
I can only speak to how it compares to recording with QuickTime because that’s the only other recording software that I’ve used, but it’s not a fair comparison because all QuickTime does is record, where ScreenFlow is a full featured recording and editing application.
I haven’t used any other competing software because after thoroughly researching the quality of ScreenFlow online, it was the obvious choice from what people said about it in reviews and in forums and I’m very happy with my choice.
Is there anything that you would like to see added to this product in the future?
Yes. When I’m doing my videos, I like to highlight parts of the screen with circles, squares, ellipses, and underlining. It would be fantastic if ScreenFlow could animate these items as if someone is actually drawing them.
What would be your #1 piece of advice for ScreenFlow users?
As boring as this may sound, my #1 piece of advice is to READ THE MANUAL…or watch my videos! ;-)
I read the manual from beginning to end in preparation for my videos and it’s one of the best manuals I’ve ever read on an application. It’s very well done and walks a person through learning the application in a very well laid out step-by-step process.
Can you give us an example of what an exciting and well-made ScreenFlow clip looks like?
I found this video to be a fantastic example of what ScreenFlow can do. This gentleman’s [Marty Smith @combocasting] videos are what helped me learn ScreenFlow. He does great work!! It’s incredibly professional.
Any other information you would like to give us?
One of the biggest reasons why I recommend this application to anyone who asks is because of the wonderful tech support!! I’ve been around long enough to understand that every application has its problems and bugs. What really sets an application apart from the rest is the help you receive when you have an issue. I have had one of those issues and I found the forum and tech support to be about as good as it gets in the industry from my experience. Thank you!
Thanks Jake, we will be sure to keep an eye on your channel for more great videos.
If you’re interested in captioning your videos, you’ll find this interesting. A useful, more advanced workflow, Dr. Lowney describes how to use the Enhanced Dictation feature in MacOS X 10.9 (Mavericks), combined with Audio Hijack and Soundflower to turn recorded audio into a text file. This can be extremely handy for anyone that needs to create captions for a video, but lacks the transcribed text. Without further ado….
By Dr. Frank Lowney
The pressure is on to to make screencasts and other online video more accessible. One important aspect of that challenge is to make video more accessible to persons who are deaf or have difficulty hearing. For video content creators, this means providing a transcript or, better, providing subtitles to that video so that dialogue may be viewed in the same context as the video.
The problem is that many videos are created without a script that is followed closely by the speakers in that video. Indeed, many important videos are created in ad hoc fashion (interviews, panel discussions, conference presentations and the like) where scripts would be totally inappropriate.
Creating text from speech has become essential to meeting these expectations, especially where all one has to work with is the speech in the audio track of a video. Speech to text (STT) is a bit more difficult than text to speech (TTS) which has been in use much longer.
MacOS X recently introduced Dictation (speech-to-text) as a feature usable in any application that takes text as input. This is quite an advance over having to purchase a two hundred dollar application to accomplish the same end. However, the first iteration of this system required an internet connection so that speech could be uploaded to Apple’s servers where it would be turned into text. This created delays and was difficult to use for substantial bodies of text. However, Dictation was given a significant boost in MacOS X 10.9 (Mavericks) with the introduction of Enhanced Dictation which enables offline use and continuous dictation with live feedback.
Still, this is a system that assumes a live speaker. There is no obviously easy way to route speech from a recorded file through Apple’s Dictation system to produce usable text.
That’s what this post is all about.
You can, in fact, route the speech in an audio file through Apple’s speech-to-text subsystem and render very usable text output. It isn’t intuitive or Apple-easy but it is something that anyone can accomplish with a bit of determination. Here’s how:
The application at the center of this process is Audio HiJack Pro by Rogue Amoeba ($32 USD). There are two things to set up with this app. The first is to identify the source of the audio. It could be any app that emits audio but I used QuickTime Player X. Thus, I set that app as the audio source as follows:
This will capture the audio from anything that this app plays. My sample audio is from NPR and contains a dramatic reading from noted actor, Sam Waterston and looks like this in QuickTime Player X:
This configuration will grab all the audio from QuickTime Player X as it plays the “NPR Gettsyberg Address” audio file. Next, we use Audio HiJack Pro to send that audio to Soundflower (free). To do that we go to the Effects tab and choose Auxiliary Device Output from the 4FX menu.
The Auxiliary Device Output plug-in enables us to choose the previously installed Soundflower as the recipient of the HiJacked audio as follows:
Once installed, Soundflower becomes an input/output option in your Sound preference pane and everywhere else audio sources and destinations can be specified. In other words, it becomes an integral part of your sound system in MacOS X.
Finally, we set the Dictation input to be Soundflower as follows:
At this point, any audio played by QuickTime Player X will be routed to Soundflower and will thus become available to any application that accepts text input and has a Start Dictation menu item. In Pages, that looks like:
The following screencast illustrates this process from start to finish:
Do you have your own solution for this that you’ve been using? Please comment below and share what you’ve learned.
ScreenFlow geeks: This is the place for you! At the The Screening Room, you'll find a community of like-minded screencasters, where you can share tips and tricks to help you make beautiful screencasts. Please take a look around, and feel free to comment and share! Or contact me with your ideas.
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