If you’ve spent any time using ScreenFlow, you’ll be somewhat familiar with the timeline, which appears across the bottom of your ScreenFlow window.
The timeline in ScreenFlow is where you place all your media clips (video, audio and still images) to control when they start and stop, or appear in your presentation.
Adding clips to your timeline
When you create a screen recording, that clip will automatically be placed in the timeline.
Then you can add them to your timeline in one of 3 ways.
- Double click on your clip, which inserts it onto a new layer in your timeline at the position of your scrubber.
- Drag your clip directly into your preview window, which allows you to position it on screen, or
- Drag your clip directly onto the timeline
Positioning with layers
When you add a clip to your timeline, you will notice that ScreenFlow wants to automatically add it to a new layer above the top layer.
Tip: To create a new layer between two existing layers, hold SHIFT as you drag your clip onto the timeline.
Layer position is important because a clip on a top layer will appear in front of any clips on layers below it. So, for example, if you have a logo that you want to appear on a white background image, you’ll need to position the logo in a layer higher up in the timeline than the layer the white background image is on.
Placing clips at the bottom-most layer of your timeline
Sometimes you’ll want to place something, like the white background image, behind everything else in your presentation- which means it should go on the bottom layer. Unfortunately, you can’t automatically place clips directly onto a new bottom-most layer, because ScreenFlow wants to add new clips to the top layer. The best way to get clips to the bottom-most layer is to first drag your clip onto an existing or new top layer of your timeline, then once it’s in the timeline, drag your clip down below the existing bottom layer, and a new bottom layer will be created with your clip.
If you find you have extra layers at the top, simply Select All clips (command-A) and click and drag all your media upwards. (Empty bottom layers will disappear).
Do you have any tips for working with layers in the timeline? Share with the group, and maybe we’ll all learn a thing or two!