ScreenFlow terms

Playback Resolution

The resolution at which video is played back in the editing software.

What is the playback resolution in ScreenFlow?

ScreenFlow is a popular screen recording and video editing software that allows users to capture high-quality videos. The playback resolution in ScreenFlow is not fixed and can be adjusted based on the user's needs. It can support high-definition resolutions, including 1080p and even 4K, depending on the capabilities of your hardware.

The resolution of the playback in ScreenFlow is primarily determined by the resolution of the original screen recording or imported video. For instance, if you record your screen at a resolution of 1920x1080, the playback resolution will be the same. However, you can also scale your video within the software to fit a specific resolution for output, which can be useful when creating content for different platforms with varying resolution requirements.

How to change the playback resolution in ScreenFlow?

To change the playback resolution in ScreenFlow, you first need to open the software and select the project you want to edit. Once you have your project open, navigate to the top menu and click on "View". In the drop-down menu that appears, you will see an option for "Canvas Size". Click on this option.

In the Canvas Size window, you can adjust the width and height of your playback resolution. You can either manually input the desired resolution or choose from the preset options available. Once you have made your selection, click "OK" to apply the changes. Remember, changing the playback resolution will affect the quality of your video, so choose a resolution that best suits your needs.

Why is my ScreenFlow playback resolution low?

ScreenFlow playback resolution may be low due to several reasons. One of the most common reasons is that the recording settings might have been set to a lower resolution. ScreenFlow allows you to adjust the resolution settings before you start recording, and if it's set to a lower value, the playback will also be in low resolution.

Another possible reason could be the performance of your computer. If your computer is running low on resources, ScreenFlow might automatically reduce the playback resolution to ensure smooth performance. This is especially true if you're running other resource-intensive applications at the same time. Lastly, if you're viewing the playback on a screen with a lower resolution than the recording, the playback will appear in low resolution.

How to improve the playback resolution in ScreenFlow?

Improving the playback resolution in ScreenFlow can be achieved by adjusting the canvas size and the video recording quality. The canvas size can be adjusted by going to the properties pane and selecting the canvas tab. Here, you can manually input the desired resolution or choose from a list of preset options. Remember, the larger the canvas size, the higher the resolution of the playback.

In addition to adjusting the canvas size, you can also improve the playback resolution by increasing the video recording quality. This can be done by going to the recording settings and selecting a higher quality option. However, keep in mind that increasing the video recording quality will also increase the file size of the video. Therefore, ensure that your device has enough storage space to accommodate the larger file size.

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