ScreenFlow terms

Proxy Media

Lower resolution versions of media used to improve performance during editing.

What is a proxy media in ScreenFlow?

Proxy media in ScreenFlow refers to a lower resolution version of your original media files. It is a feature that allows users to edit videos more smoothly, especially when dealing with high-resolution files that can slow down the editing process due to their large size. When you enable proxy media, ScreenFlow creates a smaller, more manageable version of your media files for you to work with during the editing process.

The proxy media files take up less space and require less processing power, allowing for a smoother, faster editing experience. Once you finish editing and start the exporting process, ScreenFlow will automatically revert back to using the original, high-resolution files. This ensures that your final product maintains the highest quality possible, while the editing process remains efficient and user-friendly.

How to use Proxy Media in ScreenFlow?

Proxy media in ScreenFlow is used to improve the performance of the software when editing high-resolution or large video files. To use proxy media, you first need to create it. Go to the media library, select the media file you want to create a proxy for, right-click and select "Create Proxy". ScreenFlow will then create a lower resolution version of the file for you to work with.

When you're editing, ScreenFlow will use the proxy media instead of the original file, which should make the software run more smoothly. You can edit, trim, and apply effects to the proxy media just like you would with the original file. When you're ready to export your project, ScreenFlow will automatically use the original high-resolution file, ensuring that your final product is of the highest quality. Remember, the proxy media is just for editing purposes and won't affect the quality of your final video.

Why is Proxy Media important in ScreenFlow?

Proxy media in ScreenFlow is important for several reasons. Firstly, it allows for smoother editing of high-resolution videos. High-resolution videos can be quite large and may cause lagging during the editing process. Proxy media, being a lower resolution version of the original media, is smaller in size and thus easier to manipulate, leading to a more efficient editing process.

Secondly, proxy media can save storage space. Since they are smaller in size compared to the original files, they take up less space on your hard drive. This can be particularly beneficial when working on large projects or when storage space is limited. Lastly, using proxy media can also help in reducing the risk of losing your original media files. Since you are working on the proxy files and not the original ones, any accidental changes or deletions will not affect your original files.

How to enable Proxy Media in ScreenFlow?

To enable Proxy Media in ScreenFlow, you first need to open the ScreenFlow application on your device. Once the application is open, navigate to the top menu and click on "ScreenFlow" and then select "Preferences". This will open a new window with various settings options.

In the Preferences window, click on the "Timeline" tab. Here, you will find an option labeled "Create proxy media for imported clips". Check the box next to this option to enable it. Once you've done this, ScreenFlow will automatically create proxy media for all imported clips, which can help to improve performance during editing. Remember to click "OK" or "Apply" to save your changes.

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