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Templates for quick video production

 When i create videos, there are a few things which i do everytime such as -:

1. Adding the intro 

2. Adding the outro

is there a way to create a kind of template to save time

what i want is, that when i import a video to screenflow these kind of common object automatically get placed at their spots.

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    • CraigSModerator
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    • CraigS
    • 6 yrs ago
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    It may depend on what's involved with your Intro and Outro. ScreenFlow supports Action Templates.

    Add Action to clip in timeline and built it.
    Then Actions > Create Template Action
    Actions > Manage Template Action allows you to Export or Import Action Templates.
    Actions > Templates > allows you to add any of your Action Templates to a shot.
    The media itself you import separately.

    You can create a Document which you can use as a Template if you need something more complex. Just duplicate and use your Document "template" for each project.
     

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  • Thank you CraigS , appreciate your help, do you know if there is a video tutorial somewhere for this?

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    • CraigSModerator
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    • CraigS
    • 6 yrs ago
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    No tutorial for this (yet). I'll put it on the list to be cooked up.

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  • I've been using regular ScreenFlow documents as templates for some time now. I always lock the file to prevent saving after content is added and force myself to duplicate and save. So, locking the file adds a failsafe feature to the "template."

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    • CraigSModerator
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    • CraigS
    • 6 yrs ago
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    That's an excellent tip.

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  • Frank Lowney Thanks for the advice, but how exactly do you lock the screen flow file? 

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  • Chris Kayser To lock the ScreenFlow file: In Finder, select the file, do File > Get Info and select the checkbox labeled "Locked" 

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  • Frank Lowney Thank you very much! But somehow it takes so much time until it creates a duplicate version (1-2 minutes)

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  • Chris Kayser Time to duplicate is a function of file size. If you're making a template from a complex project, you may have a large file with lots of data that you really don't want or need in a template. I develop my templates with only the elements that I expect to need in future projects. They have little or no screen recording in them. 

    Thus, you'd open a sparse template, duplicate and rename it before doing any substantive screen recording.

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  • I also want to add pre-made timeline elements to a new project so I can create intro/outro from the same content each time. Then I just edit the text fields to change a title or chapter etc.

    This does work but the flow is a little convoluted. 

    What I figured out was that you create a template, add that weird 'placeholder' and then save it as a template.

    Then, when you are getting ready to record a new video, either screen or camera using Screenflow, you can say - 'New from template'. You then have to go actually do the new recording and then you are all set with the intro and outro someplace in the timeline and the new recording in between them.  

    This doesn't really allow coming in from another workflow such as:

    Pre-recording your screenflow clips if you have long to medium form workflow. This is how you would want to do it. Then, you can create a new file from template and drop in your pre-recorded clips and arrange, edit etc.  This resembles Premiere workflow and other NLE's.  For some reason, Screenflow is a more rigid workflow but it does work.  

    What would be nice is if you could import recordings (screenflow or otherwise) into an empty template file and then save it out as a screenflow project.

    Will this ever be possible?

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    • CraigSModerator
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    • CraigS
    • 3 yrs ago
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    Steven Levine said:
    What would be nice is if you could import recordings (screenflow or otherwise) into an empty template file and then save it out as a screenflow project.
    Will this ever be possible?

     I'm not sure I understand. You can create a document with files and open it and Save As... each time you use it. You can also have files in the Global Library if that helps.

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  • CraigS I think the confusion is that Telestream assumes that the templates are mostly for saving configurations, resolutions, sources etc to speed up future captures.

    I want to use templates to save intro and outro content as well as titles that are elaborate that go with every project.

    We still have the 'save as' bug.

    We can close this topic for me in that I did get what I want working for now.

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    • CraigSModerator
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    • CraigS
    • 3 yrs ago
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    Steven Levine said:
    I want to use templates to save intro and outro content as well as titles that are elaborate that go with every project.

     You can save a document with that. Then duplicate the document and use it. Or open and Save As so you preserve the original "template" while you work on the copy.

     

    Steven Levine said:
    We still have the 'save as' bug.

     Absolutely report that or, if you have already, respond with your case number by email that it's still not fixed.

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  • CraigS I am good for now.  Thanks

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    • CraigSModerator
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    • CraigS
    • 3 yrs ago
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    Steven Levine You're welcome of course.

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