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Tutorial: Using iShowU HD Pro Screen Captures with Adobe Premiere Pro CC

iShowU, a Mac-based screencam app from, is quick, easy-to-use, and inexpensive; here's a look at how to use it to produce pro screencams that you can import into Adobe Premiere Pro CC to integrate into your video projects.

Advanced Settings: Capture Options

Under the Advanced options, we'll want to make a few adjustments. We'll start with Capture Options (Figure 9, below), and work our way from the top down.

Figure 9. Advanced Capture Options.

Mouse Mode has already been adjusted. We'll also keep Springiness at the default setting. We want to make sure to deselect Variable Length Frame Durations to avoid any syncing issues when we import the screencam into Adobe Premiere Pro. Custom Background (selected in Figure 9) is a nice option that allows you to choose a custom image for your background during the recording. That way you don't have to change a wallpaper that you normally would use.

For this project, we want to adjust some of the mouse options. We want to show the mouse during recording, because that allows viewers to see where we're clicking, which is critical in a software demo or tutorial. I prefer to disable Make Sound on Click to avoid the distraction of incessant mouse-clicking. Other Mouse Options include settings to highlight areas on the screen where you left- or right-click your mouse with a color-coded blob or halo. For this example we'll leave the setting for each of these at "None"; as with many preferences it depends on the inclinations of the producer or client or the demands of the specific project.

Advanced Settings: Sound Options

Moving on to the right under Advanced Settings we find the Sound Options tab (Figure 10, below).

Figure 10. The Sound Options tab under Advanced Settings.

Here we'll select options for recording audio from applications. Keep in mind that selecting Monitor Audio--which means iShowU HD will monitor the audio while you're recording--can result in feedback. You can also adjust microphone options under this tab.

Advanced Settings: Video and Audio Options

Next up are Video and Audio Options. Here you'll choose a format, if you haven't already (we've already chosen ProRes 422, as you can see in Figure 11, below). You'll also want to make sure your quality bar is pushed all the way to the right to ensure that you record at maximum quality.

Figure 11. Advanced Settings for Video and Audio.

You can also adjust audio output settings here, such as format, quality, sampling rate, etc.

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