Mac Software Review: ScreenFlow 1.2.1

Mac software Telestream ScreenFlow
Mac software review

In the past two and a half years, we have tested and reviewed several screen-caputre applications. The most popular screen-capture application for Mac is Ambrosia‘s Snapz Pro X. It’s by far more popular than any other screen-capture software title for Mac. Despite its popularity, Snapz Pro X is no perfect at all.

Mac software Telestream ScreenFlow
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  Mac software Telestream ScreenFlow
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Let me quickly point out a couple of bad aspects of Snapz Pro X. If you use it (v. 2.1.2) under Leopard and enable Universal Access and turn on Zoom (Command + Option + #8), you may encounter a couple of undesirable side effects. One is a divided screen. After zooming in, if you scroll up or down on a web browser, Snapz Pro X may not be able to catch up with your action. (See Screenshot 01.) It is also true that two Mouse pointers will appear. The worst part is that Apple’s Final Cut Pro does not recognize the frame rates of Snapz Pro movies correctly. Screenshot 03 shows that I have a screen-capture video whose frame rate is close to 24. And Final Cut Pro says its frame rate is 10. (See Screenshot 04.) Ambrosia has been aware of this incompatibility issue since 2005 and has not been able fix it.

Mac software Telestream ScreenFlow
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  Mac software Telestream ScreenFlow
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So how about Telestream‘s ScreenFlow? Telestream is well-known for its Flip4Mac, a QuickTime component that enables Mac users to play Windows Media Player (WMV) movies with QuickTime. We have known ScreenFlow for probably one year or so. We couldn’t use it till last July because our old main machine had OS X 10.4 Tiger installed. And using ScreenFlow requires that you have Leopard installed on your machine. Anyway, I can tell you that ScreenFlow is the first and only screen-capture application for Mac that we know is better than Ambrosia’s Snapz Pro X.   Continue reading