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ScreenFlow Reviews

27 August 2020

Create screen recordings.

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ocean442
06 November 2019
Version: 8.2.4

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A great tool but a tad pricy compared to its competitors...
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ericnicolasurbain
18 July 2020
Version: 9.0.4
Nightmare to use.
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sabarudinhashim
06 July 2020
Version: 9.0.4
It is irritating that it does not pre-empt you that it requires additional permissions on MacOs catalina to record and that it cannot be connected to Bluetooth audio as output device. It would have been polite to put a notice at the software startup perhaps. Wasted 2hrs of recording attempt for a livestream - no audio and no screen capture because it only prompted for permission after the recording ended. And to think i actually paid for the upgrade.
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Eimbier
01 April 2020
Version: 9.0.3
I use Screenflow for assembling and cutting up videos from many sources, and capturing screens. It does a fine job with those tasks. It is half the price of its overpriced competitor and has most functions. I find especially cool is that one can rotate a video or still in three dimensions.
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xiskya
17 March 2020
Version: 9.0.2
Screen Flow 9 doesn't work with MAC Mojave. I have enabled the screen capture permission in Security and Privacy on MAC, but still, Screen Flow tells me to do it.
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sjones12121994
17 March 2020
Version: 9.0.2
It is true that ScreenFlow is amazing however it is only available for Mac computers. As I found out, it seems the developers are not yet considering creating a Windows version. So, if you are an avid Windows user, I can recommend Acethinker Screen Grabber Pro. As I experience, it can record and add annotations at the same time.
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tbelltemp
27 February 2020
Version: 9.0.2
Who charges $129 for video editing software for mac that doesn't enable you to import mpeg or mov files ??? Answer: Screenflow.
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jimigator80919
25 February 2020
Version: 9.0.2
This app does not work. I have been unsuccessful in recording like presented in Telestream LLC's online Tutorial. When I tried to call the company, they refused to help me. Unfortunately, if you buy this product via iTunes, it doesn't give you a licence number. Without a license number, you are out of luck getting any assistance. I tried to get a refund... Apple refused. So now I'm out $134 (taxes included) with NO capability.
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contricker
22 January 2020
Version: 9.0.2
Used to be ok but every update now has showstopper bugs, is slower and slower, and is basically unusable now. Switch to Davinci Resolve instead - it's free with tons of features.
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ocean442
06 November 2019
Version: 8.2.4
A great tool but a tad pricy compared to its competitors...
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Macinman
27 February 2019
Version: 8.2.2
I wanted to leave a note here about an issue I have with screenFlow 8.2.2 on a 27" 5K iMac running 10.143. When enabled to start at login, the Screenflow helper prevents sleep due to coreaudioD. If I uncheck the option to start the helper on login and quit the app, and helper the issue goes away. Is this intentional to prevent sleep? I was able to get the info about this issue by issuing the following command in terminal: pmset -g The output is as follows: tron@iFrog5K ~> pmset -g System-wide power settings: Currently in use: Sleep On Power Button 1 autopoweroff 1 standbydelayhigh 86400 autopoweroffdelay 28800 proximitywake 1 standby 1 standbydelaylow 86400 ttyskeepawake 1 hibernatemode 25 powernap 1 gpuswitch 2 hibernatefile /var/vm/sleepimage highstandbythreshold 50 displaysleep 15 womp 1 networkoversleep 0 sleep 0 (sleep prevented by coreaudiod, coreaudiod) halfdim 1 autorestart 0 disksleep 0 tron@iFrog5K ~> As mentioned above, quitting the ScreenFlow Helper and app resolves this issue. However, I don't recall having this issue prior to version 8 of ScreenFlow, and 10.14 Mojave. If anyone has a fix that can be applied without having to quit the helper, please speak up.
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Tommy-Gun
07 August 2018
Version: 8.0
Not a review but an important comment.
The upcomming new macOS 10.14 Mojave version has screenrecording build in as default. Just press Shift+Cmd+5
It captures in 60fps, has editing features and other nice things.
It does not have video-in-video possibilities, but many people do not need this.
This is one of the great new feature of macOS10.14 which I really like.
This makes a lot of screen recording tools obsolete.
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DJSquint
02 August 2018
Version: 8.0
Screenflow is a good tool to record your desktop. No doubt about that. Sadly, it is plagued with yearly very high upgrade fees. I have no problem supporting developers, but this company really is after your money on a very regular basis. 4 star for the app itself. 0 star for the very greedy developers.
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Uncoy
25 March 2018
Version: 7.3
In a foot race for the greediest developers on the Mac OS. I've been paying for and updating and dealing with buggy versions of Screenflow for many years now. Apparently just to get v5 to work now I have to put another $39. Telestream hide their older versions really well (good luck finding version 3 for example). The only version currently working on my Mac Pro running OS 10.11.6 for some reason is version 2 (I own up to version 5 and tried version 7 too). Does screen capture really have to be this expensive and complicated?

We've all been had by Telestream's marketing. I suggest you pick an alternative that won't want to empty your pockets every year as if on cue. OS X deserves better screen capture.
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Okeedoak
31 December 2017
Version: 7.2
I use ScreenFlow almost every day, and overall it's good. But there are very long-standing bugs that have been around for years that have never been fixed and probably never will. The developer adds features to drive sales but puts little effort into fixing bugs. You can work around the bugs, and frankly, I've grown used to them, but they're still there. I work with video played back at different speeds. A whole nest of bugs appears once the playback speed of a video is changed: audio waveform synchronization is thrown off, audio distortion appears, volume levels change and more. ScreenFlow's Save dialogs must use a very old API because it allows the colon character - ":" - in file names but not the forward slash - "/". The Mac OS allows the opposite.
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Shooters
31 December 2017
Version: 7.2
Best screencast tool for macOS. Especially the great editing features are welcome and not seen incomparable tools.
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rphartle
16 October 2017
Version: 7.1.1
Although Screenflow has been buggy at times with older versions I have had very few problems with version 6 or 7. I have tried the others including Camtasia but found the interface too cartooney, cluttered, and even more buggy. I quickly ended up coming back to Screenflow. It is more professional acting and am able to put together How To Videos for YouTube and my customers very quickly. Telestream also has gotten much better at listening and responding to its customer issues since version 6. It is Thee Standard for YouTube
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Philosopherdog
01 August 2017
Version: 7.0
I've enjoyed using this tool. But one thing I find so strange is the lack of basic video instruction for this product. I mean, couldn't a big company like this post a course to Udemy or something. It could even be free. Instead they have these webinars and everything is in FLASH! What year is it? A video company that can only produce content in flash. Unreal. Anyhow, I would love to learn more about using this app to the max, but I don't and won't install flash anytime soon.
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Bleech-Jef
01 August 2017
Version: 7.0
A new version and a WHOPPING up pricing to $129???? No way that's way to expensive and this for sure means ScreenFlow will have a flow cash problem in very short time. I do not see anyone paying that much. There are plenty of very good alternatives and above all, those are priced correctly.
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Bleech-Jef
16 February 2017
Version: 6.2.1
Best in its class! Recommended
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Mart°n
08 November 2016
Version: 6.2
If you don’t like to log in for every. single. update, use thi direct Link to 6.2: http://www.telestream.net/download-files/screenflow/6-2/ScreenFlow-6.2.dmg
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Donmontalvo
02 October 2016
Version: 6.1
This is the BBEdit of screen recording applications. Five stars. Easily.
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ben-stamp
02 October 2016
Version: 6.1
Best tool to make screen casts. Easy to use, easy to trim and edit before encoding to MP4. Great to see that v5 is still alive on Sierra with this download link: www.telestream.net/download-files/screenflow/5-0/ScreenFlow-5.0.7.dmg
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3.5
AlexisDhooge
18 September 2016
Version: 6.1
Probably the best screencast app but with a huge price tag. And that's also the reason why I keep using 5 until it breaks. Someone wrote it doesn't work with macOS 10.12 .. is this true?
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Mistersquid
11 September 2016
Version: 6.1
Upgraded from ScreenFlow 5 to ScreenFlow 6 because I was attracted to the new features, especially exporting to animated GIF and partial screen recording. However, I'm not enamored of the new icon. At. All.
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Harry Flashman
09 September 2016
Version: 6.1
Screenflow itself is pretty good, however I'm really fed up that anything except the current version seems to break with every OS X upgrade. Sierra is coming out and suddenly version 5 that was on sale until very recently is no longer compatible.

Telestream seem to have a long history like this and I've never forgotten my experience purchasing Episode Pro for $1000 only to discover it was incompatible with the next version of OS X a few months later. Naturally Telestream had a new version in the wings with a huge upgrade price and a casual indifference to those who were now left stranded.

Their software is OK but I really think that premium products should last more than one version of OS X. It almost feels deliberate because I see most other software apps lasting for several versions of OS X that is now very stable. For many people Screenflow 4 or 5 are more than good enough and they shouldn't be forced to buy the next version every time they upgrade OS X.
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Soundsgoodtome
23 June 2016
Version: 6.0
I've used ScreenFlow for years (since v3), and it’s been riddled with inefficiencies (caused by lazy programming and an apathetic attitude toward user feedback) for years. Its UI is awkward, cumbersome, and unintuitive. Over the years, I’ve made numerous common-sense suggestions for improvement, sometimes even receiving personal replies from a representative, asking for clarification. Nearly a year ago, I exchanged email with an upper-level representative. But has anything ever changed? NOT ONCE. Examples: - After recording a movie, one naturally looks to the right to select options. But they’re grayed out. Why? Because—for no logical reason whatsoever—none of the options is available until you first SELECT the movie at the bottom left. But if you’ve just launched the app, and you've recorded only ONE movie, what else is there to select? Answer: Nothing. This is a 100% unnecessary step that the developer refuses to eliminate. - Although ScreenFlow is feature-rich, my needs are simple, and I always, ALWAYS choose the exact same options: "Click Effect: Radar," and "Show Keystrokes." But does SF ever remember these choices? No. Is there a way to save a preset of these selected options? No. So, every time I record a movie, I have to dig through pages and reselect these options. Every. Single. Time. I’ve reported this, asking that, in lieu of presets, ScreenFlow at least be made smart enough to simply remember the last selected options! I’ve been requesting this since version 3. Now we’re at version 6. Any change? Nope. - For some, unknown reason, each time I export (save) a movie, the Save dialog defaults to exporting the movie at 50% of normal size. So, each time I export a movie, I have to change that to 100%. For the love of Pete, why can’t ScreenFlow be made smart enough to remember that for 4 YEARS now, I’ve exported at 100%. Version 3 doesn’t. Version 4 doesn’t. Version 5 doesn’t. And version 6 doesn’t. - Years ago, Apple made a smart change to Open/Save dialogs: When you save a document, the default filename is automatically highlighted, but the file *extension* is NOT highlighted. As such, all you have to do is type the new filename—and the extension will remain unchanged. But ScreenFlow defaults to both the filename AND the extension highlighted! So, of course, when you type a custom name, the extension gets overwritten, as well. When I submitted this issue, someone replied and said it didn’t matter because ScreenFlow would still add the extension back to the name. I said that was fine, but still, the *visual cue* suggests otherwise. For those of us who pay attention to these things, it looks like the extension is being overwritten! The reprentative was actually argumentative (and of course nothing ever changed). (I haven’t tested this in v6, because I was so disgusted by the other omissions that I never got as far as saving a file.) On a scale of 1-10, most developers are somewhere between 5 and 10 on the "we listen to our users and make reasonable, common-sense improvements" scale. But on that same scale of 1 to 10, Telestream gets a big, fat zero. And now—adding insult to injury—when I launch v5 (which is paid for), I’m frequently nagged about buying v6. Ugh. Telestream is an awful developer, and I’m done with ScreenFlow. They won’t get another penny from me unless and until they fix these basic usability issues. I’d rather buy a new app and support a developer that actually listens to user feedback. Maybe Screenium is that app. We’ll see.
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Macinman
01 June 2016
Version: 5.0.6
Screenflow 6 was released today. It appears to be a great upgrade from my testing.
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AlexHughy
04 April 2016
Version: 5.0.6
Without doubt the easiest app for making screen-casts. The best thing is you can edit the screen-cast before saving. Yes, it is not the cheapest and there are cheaper and free alternatives available, still this one is by far the best you can get your hands on. Very highly recommended if you need this kind of app. Full 5 stars
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1988cjx
25 February 2016
Version: 5.0.5
I love this great software.
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Macinman
28 January 2016
Version: 5.0.5
This is a really nice piece of software, I purchased it with the intent on putting it to use with multi source recording for screen casting, and other productions involving a mix or sources such as tutorials , game plays, even showing bugs and errors (if needed). So far I've only done simple recordings to get my footing and to test the results. I also have Final cut pro X and Motion as well as the other apple pro apps i have planned to use in conjunction with screenflow in the future. What I didn't realize prior to purchase, was the fact ScreenFlow has it's own built in editor, so that's a really nice bonus. I also have purchased Sound Siphon, another great audio recording tool.
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Shooters
27 January 2016
Version: 5.0.5
It really simple: If you want screencast your desktop activity, you need this. Although a bit high priced, it is worth every penny. Ones you used ScreenFlow all other comparable apps are (almost) worthless. Top !
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Mac Downgrade
06 January 2016
Version: 5.0.4
Wonderful piece of software, stable, reliable, a joy to use. Worth every penny.
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CloudB
27 October 2015
Version: 5.0.3
By far the best screencast app for OS X. Not cheap but worth every little penny.
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Bento de Espinosa
26 July 2015
Version: 5.0.2
Beautiful and works great. The best!
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Xplicit
21 July 2015
Version: 5.0.2
I really don't like it when I have to create some kind of account in order to download a trial version. And that I wanted to do in order to check whether it's worth to upgrade to version 5 of ScreenFlow. So no account, no trial download, no deal. Tough shit.
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moore-jackson
15 July 2015
Version: 5.0.2
Easy to Use
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G3cd
21 June 2015
Version: 5.0.2
Buggy POS, but unfortunately, still the best screen recording app out there. Current bugs: 1) if you use the text tool to select text and start rendering, the text will be rendered with a bright blue "selected" background - real dumb. 2) when recording very long sessions, like 2 hrs, the sound is likely to be out of sync. You can usually fix this by detaching sound from video, but it's very, very annoying and has been around at least since screenflow v3, so it's not going to be fixed soon. 3) saving video is plain buggy. Screenflow starts to "move" videos even without having clicked anything, which takes up to an hour for longer videos. Very often, the process bar does not appear during that process - e.g., you can still click "save video", select a location, but then, nothing happens for an hour because it's still busy moving the video from the temp scratch location to some other secret spot but doesn't inform you about it. Even if it's done saving your screenflow file, the app may hang and not respond for 3-4 hrs, requiring you to force quit the app. 4) Missing feature: there's no sample when selecting a font. Different styles are only available when selecting Apple's type tool (which is oddly enough located under "size")
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Stephen-Fry
20 June 2015
Version: 5.0.2
Clearly the leading screen recording application you even need. Has great after-editing features to tweak your recordings. A wonderful piece of code.
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dailytut
27 March 2015
Version: 5.0.1
You can get a working coupon for Screenflow 5 here: http://www.dailytut.com/apple/screenflow-5-review-coupon-code.html Such a wonderful screen recording and editing software for mac. I am waiting for next macupdate bundle with screenflow included for recommendation.
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IngeMortier3516
27 February 2015
Version: 5.0.1
A screenrecording with balls ! If you are in need for a decent screengrabber, don't look any further ! It is not cheap but worth every little penny or wait for a promo sale (happens a lot with ScreenFlow). Recommend with 5 stars
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Steeps-Patrick
05 January 2015
Version: 5.0.1
Truly the best screengrabber application. But the price is too high - really. Fortunately this app can be purchased with discounts quit regular. So just wait for it and buy it. :)
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Mart°n
20 December 2014
Version: 5.0.1
Here’s the link to the new 5.x version: http://www.telestream.net/download-files/screenflow/5-0/ScreenFlow-5.0.1.dmg
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Mysticalos
11 November 2014
Version: 5.0
5.0 crashes a lot, until it's more stable I want to revert to previous 4.x version but i cannot find a download link for this. :(
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Mikebenda
05 November 2014
Version: 5.0
ScreenFlow 5 is listed for $34.99 in the Mac App Store. Why is it $99.00 here with an upgrade price of $34.00?
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bumper314
05 November 2014
Version: 5.0
I'm not able to find upgrade pricing on their site. This has me concerned.
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IngeMortier3516
15 October 2014
Version: 4.5.3
Just about the best screen caster you can buy. Incredible easy to use, nice editing features. A one-do-it-all screengrabber. Period.
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Mart°n
23 September 2014
Version: 4.5.3
I lilke and can recomend the Software. It worked well for me for several years. But i really hate downloads behind logins, so here’s a link to the version 4.5.3 update: http://www.telestream.net/download-files/screenflow/4-5/ScreenFlow-4.5.3.dmg
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waryuser
23 September 2014
Version: 4.5.3
I love Screenflow. It's very easy to use (if you've used iMovie HD you'll know how to use this already!) and the final product looks professional. I've used it to show customers how to activate software. It's now a key part of my support workflow.
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Liam-
08 June 2014
Version: 4.5
Years ago I had some minor problems with ScreenFlow but 4.x is clearly a winner. Although expensive, it is by miles the best grabber for OS X.
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Lookky
28 May 2014
Version: 4.5.1
The link still for the version 4.5 this is the link for the 4.5.1: http://www.telestream.net/download-files/screenflow/4-5/ScreenFlow-4.5.1.dmg
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