How to route DAW audio into ScreenFlow

16 September 2010 | Audio Tips,Other cool products | Tags: ,
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If you use a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) to record, arrange and edit music, you’ll be interested to hear of a way to configure ScreenFlow to record your audio.

When you set ScreenFlow to “record computer’s audio”, recordaudio How to route DAW audio into ScreenFlow what you’re really doing is recording what’s coming out of Core Audio, which is Apple’s API for dealing with sound. If an application does not use Core Audio for its audio output then it will not be recognized as “computer’s audio” by ScreenFlow.

One of our fabulous users, David Vignola, recently discovered this when he tried to record a tutorial using his DAW, Cubase. He found that ScreenFlow would record his voice, and other computer sounds, but he could not get the audio output coming from Cubase to be recorded into his tutorials.

“I am the owner of VISION Recording Studios and part of our website is dedicated to what we call “Recording Tip of the Week” where we wanted to provide free instruction to musicians who wanted to achieve better, more professional recordings in their own project studios. In order to provide this instruction we needed to be able to visually show how we do things with in the DAW realm.”

In researching and trying out screencasting software, David quickly realized that there were lots of questions on lots of screencasting software forums from people, “running into issues with getting the audio from the DAW recording sessions to record into their screen capture software programs.”

So he decided to research and find a “plug and play” solution that would be easy and would work so that the audio coming out of Cubase would record along with his voice …

After a little research, he found a solution by using a product called WireTap Anywhere. Essentially, by using this product, the audio coming out of his Cubase DAW gets treated by ScreenFlow like a separate device, (such as USB or Webcam Mic) instead of computer audio, enabling him to capture this as part of his tutorials.

Check out David’s step-by-step instructional video on how he solved this challenge, enabling him to record full audio tutorials with his DAW.

Thank you to David for taking the time to put this together to help other users.

Have you run into a similar challenge, or have a different solution? Please post it (or a video) below and share your knowledge.


7 Responses to “How to route DAW audio into ScreenFlow”

  • 1 david Says:

    Thanks a lot for this great great tutorial, i spend something like 5 or 6 hours to make it work with no result, THANKS again.

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    david Reply:

    Now thanks to you i can make video tutorial with a normal sound

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  • 2 richard Says:

    real stuck trying to get this to work,,,,wny help greatly appreciated

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    CraigS Reply:

    Richard, your best bet would be to post in the ScreenFlow forum.
    This blog post is two years old so some things might have changed in the software you’re using.
    Keep in mind though, this workflow was developed by the by the user and not Telestream.
    In the forum, you may get users who can help you with an updated workflow though.
    Also you’d need to provide your complete workflow and software versions and where you’re having an issue.
    Basically you have to explain where you’re stuck.

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  • 3 Reason Tips Says:

    Thank you so much David for posting this video i have been looking all over the internet and until now i have not got an anwser.I am Using Propellerheads Reason and the only thing i would add to your video is that if you have an iinterface that has more than one input than in WireTap Anywhere you need to add more inputs to the output device iinstead of just the left and right. that is the only way reason would reconize more than input 1 & 2

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  • 4 Reita Obenauer Says:

    Good information. Lucky me I came across your blog by accident (stumbleupon). I’ve bookmarked it for later!

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  • 5 zee Says:

    This was exactly what I was looking for! Great job on finding this information

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