Screenflick: The New Screencast

LogoThese days there are so many Screencasts for Mac. There are also a ton of tools to do Screencasts for Mac. Today I am going to be talking about a very popular one called Screenflick. A while back, our own Daniel Greg did a review of Screencast. Since then, they have changed the name to Screenflick, and added many new features.

The first thing you will notice about Screencast is that it has a simple, yet elegant, interface. There are only three sections: Screen, Audio and Keyboard & Mouse. This is much different from some other Screencasting apps because it is so simple. Some people might also call this a weakness because it doesn’t have all the features of some Screencasting apps, but for most people you don’t need all those features. Screenflick also has a few preferences, too.

The Screen pane is very simple; there are only a few options. You can have either a fixed recording zone or a set size that follows the mouse. If you choose the first one, when you start to record it will ask you for the area that you want to record. If you choose the latter one, you don’t need to set a size. The “Show Camera Bounds” option is great if you want to see what is being recorded so you can make sure that you are capturing everything that you want. You can also choose the capture rate. The higher the number, the bigger the size and quality. The lower the number, the smaller the size and quality. It is nice for a Screencasting app to have only a few options for the screen recording so you don’t have to configure like a million things. But this can also be a problem; some people want more options, like zooming or window highlighting. Screencast gives you the basic features that you need.

The Audio pane also has only a few options. You can choose to record system audio and record microphone audio. For recording microphone audio, it lets you choose the input you want to use. I cannot think of any other audio features that you would need, so the feature-set for audio is perfect. Not too many features, not too few — it gives you all you need.

The Keyboard & Mouse pane gives you a lot of options. You can choose to show or hide the mouse, show mouse clicks and show keyboard shortcuts. You can customize the length and color of the mouse clicks, but there are more options for showing shortcuts. Again, you can choose the duration and background, but you can also choose font size, position and what shortcuts not to show. When you are recording, after you have done the shortcut, it displays it on the screen; it would be nice if it showed them as you typed them in, but then there couldn’t be exceptions. It would also be cool to show text that is typed in, but that is not needed.

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The Preference pane just has a few options for pre-recording setup and the menu-bar. You can show the size or the length of the recording. If you want a recording to be a certain size, this really helps, because it is right in the menu bar. But, if you are recording the whole screen, you probably don’t want your viewers to see this, so you can just turn it off.

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After you have recorded a Screencast with Screenflick, you get the normal compression options for any Screencasting tool. You can choose an audio compressor and a video compressor and the dimensions. These are all the compression options needed to compress a Screencast.

Screenflick, by the Araelium Group, may not have all the features of some other tools, but it is a lot cheaper at only $29! Compare that to Screenflow, which is $99. I think Screenflick is more than worth the $29, even with only simple options. If you are looking for a simple-to-use Screencasting tool, Screenflick is perfect, because it has all that yo need to record a great Screencast, but it doesn’t have so many features that you can’t figure out how to do anything.

Comments

18 Responses to “Screenflick: The New Screencast”

  1. William Bokunic on April 19th, 2008 7:11 am

    I prefer iShowU, which is only $20.

  2. Albertkinng on April 19th, 2008 1:27 pm

    me too. I use iShowU and in my opinion it’s the best app for average screencasters.

  3. Marco Ponce on April 19th, 2008 2:26 pm

    ScreenFlow is still the best.

  4. Dean W. on April 21st, 2008 12:17 pm

    ScreenFlick
    ScreenFlow
    Snapz Pro
    iShowU

    I have no idea which is the best. The reviews at macupdate and versiontracker are all over the place.
    What’s the real deal here?

    I’m looking to capture streaming video at the highest quality possible. Recommendations?

  5. Joe Turner on April 21st, 2008 12:48 pm

    I would say that ScreenFlick is the best for that (not just because I reviewed it). IShowU is simple, and has few options. ScreenFlick is the best of both worlds! Features, and high quality video and an amzing interface

  6. themacintoshguru on April 25th, 2008 12:18 am

    Very interesting. At this point I’m still using ScreenFlow. Though this a interesting option, hopefully the performance is good…

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  8. Madhu on May 31st, 2008 10:43 am

    Does Screenflick have any way to convert recording to flash or avi?

  9. Joe Turner on May 31st, 2008 8:12 pm

    Yes, it has a normal quicktime export window, should those should be covered

  10. Kaz on August 14th, 2008 12:20 pm

    Can you sync files from Screenflick to an iPod (touch)? With the demo version, I can’t do this.

  11. DoesNotWork on December 24th, 2009 12:36 pm

    Screenflick does not work with Snow Leopard (OS 10.6). No audio.

    Developer acknowledges the problem and claims he’s going to fix it, but I’m still waiting.

    So far I’ve wasted $25

  12. Steve on June 12th, 2010 3:41 am

    Works for me. OSX 10.6.3, granted its 2010 and alot has changed. The software appears to be quite good and the interface is ‘elegant’. Haven’t tried the new iShowU HD Pro, which has similar features but is now bumped up to $59.

  13. Joel on December 3rd, 2010 10:52 am

    I have had this program for a year and the audio has never worked regardless of what I try, Support is a joke, and I waisted $30 bucks! Anyone know of a program that actually works?

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