If you’re in the market for an amazing screen casting tool, look no further than Video Flow for Mac OS X. The app is a video creation and editing tool, which allows you to create screencasts, annotate them with text, and add videos or audio files to your screencast, or simply annotate existing videos that you may have downloaded or recorded yourself. The app lets you split videos, and also supports video-in-video frame sets (whereby you can start a video within the current one), truly setting itself apart from its peers. It allows you to resize your screencasts to the right size for viewing on an iPod, iPhone, iPad or YouTube. Additionally, when saving your file, you can choose the frame rate it should be saved with. The available range is from 10 to 45 fps. The only downside is the rather hefty price tag, which stands currently at $50, but you can skip that if you’re lucky enough to win a license in our giveaway.
Note: Video Flow currently has a price tag of $29.99 on the App Store (normally $49.99). We’re giving away five promo codes for the app to 5 lucky readers, details for which can be found at the end of this post.
The app adds a small record button to the menu bar when it is launched. Its interface comprises of a display window for viewing the screencast or movie, and a panel to the left that lets you add text or additional videos. Four buttons allow you to toggle the text and media panel, crop or resize the canvas, start recording or play a video. A timeline along the bottom of the app lets you reorder text and videos.
When you first launch the app, it will ask you to select recording preferences, i.e., the size or area of the screen you want to record, and the audio and video source. You can record from your screen and via your webcam at the same time by checking Record Screen and Record Video from and selecting the video input source.
Once you’re done recording, use the menu bar icon to stop the app. You can now edit the video you made and add annotations and additional media files. The left panel is divided into two tabs, Text and Media. The Text tab lets you enter text in any color, size and font, alongside the possibility of adding a stroke. Once added, the text box appears in the timeline. You can drag it to any part of the timeline, and drag the edges outward or inward to adjust the length of the interval it should appear for.
When you add a video or audio file from the Media tab, it does not appear in the timeline automatically like text. Right-click the video and select Add to Timeline, and it will be queued. You can split the video by clicking the cog wheel icon on the video in the timeline. If two videos are set to play during the same interval, they will be played one over the other, so you can choose to alter the frame size of one video and make it smaller. This will give the video-in-video effect.
Once you’re done, you can save the video or export it from the Share menu. When exporting, you have to chose the frame rate it will be saved with. The default rate is 25 fps, but you can increase or decrease that. The higher the rate, the longer it will take to export.
Video Flow supports keyboard shortcuts for starting or stopping and playing/pausing a recording, which you can modify in its preferences. Additionally, you can choose an output path and the countdown interval before the app begins to record.
Video Flow is a feature-rich screen recorder, unlike any other that we’ve seen lately. Despite the rather-hefty $50 price tag, you can grab it for free by participating in our giveaway. If you don’t win here, you may still grab the app from Mac App Store at a discounted price of $29.99 while their sale lasts.
Giveaway: We’re giving away 5 licenses for this app. The giveaway will last for 48 hours. Participation is simple. Follow @addtips on Twitter, tweet/retweet the giveaway and in the comments below, provide a link to your tweet. Alternatively, you may comment on our Facebook or Google+ page, where the comment should preferably be under the shared post and not on the page itself. Our editors will pick the five winners randomly.
Update: The giveaway has been closed. Winners will be contacted shortly.
Update: Winners have received their promo codes. If you entered for the giveaway, please check your Facebook giveaway, Twitter direct messages and Google+ feed.