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SOLVED: Connecting Screenflow with Blackmagic Design Mini Recorder

This solution probably works with other Blackmagic Design products.

While I can see the Mini Recorder in the Screenflow preview, Screenflow will NOT record the input.

This is how I solved the problem:

  • Step 1: Install your Blackmagic Design Mini Recorder (v. 10.6.6) and configure. Check that you see the right format from your video source using Blackmagic Design Media Express, if not, then uninstall the utility and reinstall, that seems to work for most people.
  • Step 2: Install Black Syphon (v. 1.0) (http://syphon.v002.info/) its Free, this will see the Mini Recorder.
  • Step 3: Install CamTwist(v. 3.0) (http://camtwiststudio.com/) its Free, configure it to see the Syphon server you just installed. Also go into preference and set the size to 1920x1080 manually, there is no dropdown for that size.
  • Step 4: Install Screenflow (v. 6.0 (27790)), you will now see CamTwist as an input source in the preview, AND it will record from the input.

 

I am from PAL world so this was tested with a video feed of 1080i/50, and got 1920x1080 output in Screenflow.

 

If there is any better way, I would really like to know!

All products was latest version at time of writing.

I posted a video using this setup, the sound is out of sync, but the video is there!

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    • CraigSModerator
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    • CraigS
    • 6 yrs ago
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    Interesting tip. Thanks for posting it.

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  • Hi Bjarke - this is fabulous!

    We've been looking for a solution to allow Screenflow 5 and 6 to work with Blackmagic for a long time. Our solution was to just keep using Screenflow 4. I do have one question though - do Black Syphon and CamTwist need to open/running on the Mac for all this to work or do they work in the background?

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  • Paul it has been a while, so as far I can remember, Black Syphon runs in the background, but CamTwist in the foreground, and yes, they both have to be running for it to work. The 2 apps actively routes the signal, so they have to be running. It is not an ideal solution (audio sync, etc), but I wanted to use the latest version of Screenflow.

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  • Thank you very much for this! I can finally use my Canon HF-G30 now.

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    • CraigSModerator
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    • CraigS
    • 5 yrs ago
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    I should mention that, while not officially supported, one of our staff tested the Magewell HDMI to USB3 device and found that ScreenFlow detected it directly and recorded. It's not officially supported so there may be issues yet but that does work.


    ScreenFlow with Magewell HDMI to USB3

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  • Installed Black Magic.  ScreenFlow 9 could see sound but not camera.  Solution:  Mac System Preferences > Privacy > Accessibility - I had ScreenFlow 9 already in here, ticked and also with Camera and Sound.  Still no action.  However - Go to ScreenFlow 9  in your Applications and open Show Package Contents > Contents > Library > Log In Items > ScreenFlowHelper and drag it into Accessibility.  Now I've got both ScreenFlow 9 and ScreenFlowHelper in Accessibility, restart your machine  and BOOM - it works.

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    • CraigSModerator
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    • CraigS
    • 2 yrs ago
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    Allan Meyer It's not clear if you're referring to the BMD MiniRecorder. We're not officially compatible with it. That hasn't changed.

    ScreenFlowHelper should be in System Preferences Accessibility when you install and attempt to use its features. There's no need to go through the steps you list.

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  • Unfortunately you are correct.  When I purchased ScreenFlow and downloaded the links I ended up with two applications on my Mac.  ScreenFlow and ScreenFlow 9.  The BMD MiniRecorder works on ScreenFlow but not on ScreenFlow 9.  I can record both camera and external sound through my Black Magic on ScreenFlow but ScreenFlow 9 does not recognise the camera though it does recognise the sound.  If you come up with a fix for that it would be great.  I'd rather not have to buy more hardware.  Thanks for the correction - I was fooled by seeing a positive result on the ScreenFlow app.

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    • CraigSModerator
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    • CraigS
    • 2 yrs ago
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    Allan Meyer While it was never officially supported it may have worked in an early version of ScreenFlow. For the time being, only certain UVC compliant (USB3 capture devices) are tested and supported since they're using macOS driver. 

    You can request support for the MiniRecorder but, while it's certainly still be sold by Blackmagic the hardware hasn't been updated in a while (still Thunderbold 2). For us the challenge is driver compatibility and the possible need for SDK work.

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    • CraigSModerator
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    • CraigS
    • 2 yrs ago
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    Violet Button ScreenFlow now supports several UVC video capture devices such as those by Magewell, Epiphan, Elgato and we're investigating others. Some of these devices are even less expensive than the MiniRecorder so that may be a better way to go for most.

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