iShowU Studio Quickstart – Part 1 – Intro

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Introduces what iShowU Studio is and then takes a quick tour the User Interface.

Welcome to iShowU Studio, and part 1 of this quick “how to” series.  I’m going to first explain what iShowU Studio is, then I’ll describe how to create a video and a little about the user interface.

Studio is a video editor. It lets you capture or use video footage, add text, shapes, cut out parts you don’t want, add extra audio – that kind of thing, all before creating a sharable movie as the last step. Think of it is a “word processor” for video.

Studio itself has specific support for screen recording. You can use it to capture your desktop (and whatever is on it), and visualise your typing and mouse movements, making it great for producing “computer based” material.

Lets create a small recording and then talk a little about the user interface.

To record, choose File | New Recording. The settings window will appear. Here you can change a number of options, I encourage you to refer to the manual for details. For now, make sure a microphone is selected (check we have a level), then press the record button.

Lets move the mouse around for a few seconds, and move a window just so we can see something in our recording.

To stop recording, activate iShowU Studio in the dock, then use File | Stop Recording. There are other shortcuts available for this as well. A new project window will appear. I’m going use this to explain a little about the interface.

The area where you can see your recorded screen (at the top) is known as the scene. This contains all your footage, shapes and other visual objects. It’s similar to the playback area of a a movie player – it shows your composition.

Down below this is the track editor or timeline. You use this editor to layout objects in time. By default it starts at 0s and extends to the end of your project.

Click on the ‘rectangle’ shape button, at the bottom of the track view. This tool lets us insert or draw shapes onto the canvas.  Left click on the canvas, and while holding the mouse button down, drag the cursor down and to the right. This draws a rectangular shape into the scene. Notice how it has also appeared in the track editor view.

Next: move the playhead somewhere else, I’m going to move mine right. We’re going to insert text and see what happens scene wise and time wise.

Click the T object in the toolbar. This lets us insert text into the view. Just click somewhere in the scene, and release.  Text is inserted where you clicked in the scene, and also at the current playhead position in time.

To move any object, just click and drag it. Lets move the text back next to the rectangle. Note that you cannot have overlapping objects. But what if I want to have text above the rectangle? Simple. While dragging, hold down the SHIFT key (see the manual for details). Now you can drag the text wherever you like and also drag it into a new “vertical” (aka: z-order) position.

That’s it! You’ve created your first recording and have added a couple of visual objects to it. You can share this using File | Share…

Check out out other videos for more detail and other topics.

Remember that help is available in the shape of a full manual (the iBooks version includes short videos). To download, just go to the Help menu of iShowU Studio and choose “Download iShowU Studio Manual”. The iBooks version is recommended.

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