AskPat 101 Episode Transcript
Pat Flynn: What's up, everybody. Pat Flynn here, and welcome to Episode 101 of AskPat. Happy to be here and happy to help you by answering your online business questions, five days a week.
We have a great question today from Oscar over in Chile. What's up, Oscar? But before we get to your question, we're going to talk about the sponsor for today's episode, which is ZipRecruiter.com. This is a new—it's been around for awhile—but this is a new site that a lot of people are starting to enjoy because it makes it incredibly easy to hire people for your business.
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All right. Now let's get to today's question from Oscar.
Oscar: Hey, Pat. This is Oscar from Chile. I want to record my screen of my computer. I have a Mac actually. Which one is easier to use? In Camtasia or the one from Mac that you recommend, Screenflow, I think is it's name? Thanks.
Pat Flynn: Hey, Oscar. What's up? Thank you so much for the question. Screen recording is one of my all time favorite things to do. When I was first starting video online, I was extremely shy. I wasn't really comfortable putting my face on screen. And screen capturing and doing screen recordings was the step I needed to get comfortable with doing video, which eventually led to me putting my face on camera, which eventually led to me now going on stage and performing and doing keynotes and things like that at different events. So I have screen recording to thank for that.
I love screen recording also because it's a great way to teach. There are certain things in all niches that are just easier to do with video, especially when you are recording what you're doing on your screen. Perhaps it's a website that you're going through and you're just talking through it as you go along and people can actually watch the movie of you doing that. That's what a screen recording is. You recording what is on your screen.
A lot of people use the trick of screen recording themselves doing a PowerPoint presentation. That way it captures into a movie and boom, you have a presentation right there, which you can put onto YouTube or embed on your website or both. Screen recording videos that I've done in the past have led to hundreds of thousands, actually over a million, different views on YouTube and a lot of affiliate income as well.
Now the funny thing about the software, and Oscar, you're asking about two pieces of software. Camtasia or Screenflow? Which one's easier to use? Which one is better? To be honest, they are neck and neck for me. I am always going back and forth between the two. This is one of the most common questions I get when it comes to video. Which one do I use? Camtasia or Screenflow?
Well, if you are a PC/Windows user, it's easy for you because you can't use Screenflow. Screenflow is only for Mac. However, there is Camtasia Studios, that's the full name for the PC user. Camtasia Studios. So just look that up. Or you can go to Techsmith.com/Camtasia. That'll take you to a blog post with a little bit more explanation and some videos to demonstrate the Screenflow/Camtasia ability.
But if you're a PC user, that's it. It's Camtasia Studios. There is other free software out there. Camtasia does come with a little bit of a cost but it's worth it. The software is so easy to use. It's so easy. Just click a button and then there's a little countdown timer and then boom, you're recording. When you post edit, you can just change the screen size and just focus on that little part of the screen that you want to record on.
You can add more recordings, you can drag and drop, you can add music, you can do text, you can do transitions, you can do audio on top it, on top of it. It’s just so awesome. And guess what? Screenflow is exactly the same way. I am always going back and forth because they keep adding—both companies keep adding new features and better features and they both have green screen capability, I believe.
They both have time lapse capability. It's just, once one comes out with one, another comes out with that one, and another comes out with another one. It's just, seriously, I would flip a coin at this point if I were you. I am right now using Screenflow but that doesn't mean I'm not going to use Camtasia. I have both pieces of software.
But I would just pick one. Both get amazing reviews. And that’s, you know, I can't say which one to use because I use both and I love them both. I know that's very weird and confusing but it's just one of those things. Camtasia is great. Screenflow is great. Whichever one you want to use, maybe whichever one sounds better to you, go to that one. You want to go to Camtasia or Screenflow. They're both relatively the same price and that's all I can say.
So when it comes to screen recording, really if you are scared of doing video, screen recording is the way to go. Again, if you want to go to my YouTube channel, YouTube.com/smartpassiveincome, you'll see a number of the older videos were all screen recorded videos. And you'll see just how bad they were. They were terrible. I look at them now and I cringe a little bit, especially because the audio wasn't that good either.
But those videos helped a lot of people get started in doing what they needed to do, based on whatever that tutorial was that I was sharing. Typically the videos I do are walkthroughs or step-by-step tutorials to help people do something that, where it just makes sense to do a video for it. It would be harder to do in a blog post or almost impossible to do with just audio.
So keep that in mind. Try to discover the things in your brand, the things that your audience would love to see you do. That's what video is for. It's for seeing. Then you can use screen recording software like Screenflow or Camtasia to make it happen and make it really, really simple for you.
I'm at a point now where I can create, for example, a ten-minute tutorial video on Screenflow or Camtasia in about a half hour. It would take me much longer to write a blog post and it would just be too confusing to teach that on just audio. So screen record. You can get really good at the editing with those pieces of software. Again, it's so easy.
I use both Camtasia and Screenflow to edit videos normally, even if I don't do screen recordings, I record a video with the DSLR camera or a handheld or my iPhone. I just plop those videos right into the timeline in Screenflow or Camtasia and I can edit. I can do transitions. The best and final tip I have for you is don't forget about the audio. The audio is just as important as the video.
If there's a video and it's great, and it has all this great content that you're looking at but the audio is terrible, people aren't going to listen to it. You have to have good audio if you're going to have great video. So make sure to get some good equipment and I talk a lot about equipment in my podcasting tutorial. If you go to PodcastingTutorial.com, the first video on that page, six videos on there, the first one talks all about the best audio equipment and stuff.
So, simple answer: both are great. But I wanted to give you more tips and more from my experience with screen recording. So, Oscar, thank you so much for the question today. An AskPat t-shirt is going to be flown overseas and headed your way. So I can't wait to see a video, or not a video, we're talking about videos, that's why it's on my mind. But I can't wait to see a picture of you wearing the shirt. And if you want to take video, that'd be cool too.
Good luck. Thank you so much, and for those of you listening, if you have a question you'd like potentially featured here on the show, and potentially win an AskPat t-shirt, just head on over to AskPat.com. There's a widget right there where you can ask a question right there on that page, using your internal mic or your headset or whatever mic you have handy.
And of course I want to give a special thank you to today's sponsor, which is ZipRecruiter. Again that url to get amazing and convenient hiring done for you is at ZipRecruiter.com/Pat. Again, just one action submitted to 50 job boards. They highlight the best candidates from all of those different job boards for you. This makes it so easy and you can set up a free account right now. ZipRecruiter.com/Pat.
And as always, I'm going to end with a quote. And this quote today comes from Brian Tracy. He says, “Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems.” Thank you so much for listening to today's episode of AskPat. Again, if you'd like to get information about the player that is shown on AskPat.com, that's going to be released publicly on June 12. It's Thursday, June 12. If you go to SmartPodcastPlayer.com, you can go ahead and check that out and sign up there. Take care. I'll see you on the next episode. Peace.
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