I recently had a customer ask me: How can I add mouse click effects to a screen recording that I made with ::gasp!:: a screen recorder other than ScreenFlow?
(The gasp was mine, not the customer’s.)
One of the unique features of ScreenFlow is the ability to automatically add an effect — such as a radiating circle — that appears when you click your mouse. This helps highlight when and where you click, so your audience can easily follow the action on screen. When you record your screen with ScreenFlow, creating an effect is as simple as selecting your screen recording, going to Screen Recording Properties box, clicking on the “Add Screen Recording Action” button, and choosing a Click Effect from the drop down box.
But if you import a screen recording from another system into ScreenFlow, the underlying recording properties that enable ScreenFlow to create this effect do no exist. So you may not be able to hear any mouse click sound, and you can’t create a mouse click effect with a Screen Recording Action.
However, do not despair! It is possible to manually create a simple sound and animation action that can mimic these click effects. It takes a little more time, but it ‘s a nice way to add some interesting polish to your screen recordings.
Here’s a quick 3-minute video showing how to do it:
By the way, the red circle PNG I used can be downloaded by clicking on the Fun PNG icons (zipped) under “Handy Items” in the right hand sidebar. Also, I’m happy to announce that coming soon in Version 3 we will have the ability to draw these shapes directly onscreen, which will make this even easier!