ScreenMagic for Apple Motion

Recording laptop screens can be a pain.

By the time you're finished setting up all the gear and getting the screen clear of finger prints, you start to doubt if it's really worth it.

That's why I was delighted to see the work that Jeremy Wick - Head of Video at Sticker Mule - created an After Effects template that does most of the work for you. It's called ScreenMagic. 🌟

Over on the Wistia Blog, you can download the ScreenMagic After Effects template, and give it a go.

However, I'm an Apple Motion user, so I decided to re-create the template in my chosen software. If you're like me, you can download my Apple Motion version below and give it a go - it’s really simple to use!

Download ScreenMagic for Apple Motion

Video walkthrough

You can follow along with the video, or read the instructions below.

 

How to use it

Before getting started, edit all your footage and voice over.

Open the “ScreenMagic_Motion.mtn” file.

ScreenMagic for Motion

Scenes

Navigate to the “Scenes” Group. The different layers will correspond to different scenes. Choose the scene that you want!

Footage

Next, drag and drop your footage onto the “DROP HERE” drop zone and you’ll see it appear inside the laptop screen (magically).

Cameras

I’ve created a few sample cameras to get you started, but with a mix of Cameras and Motion Paths, you can do some fun things. The default camera is “Wide”, but turning on “Close” will automatically give you a tight shot of the scene.

As the cameras are at the top of the project, you can scroll back down and turn on a different Scene and you’ll notice that the camera stays in the same place.

You'll see that I created a creep zoom and a slow left-to-right pan, for demo purposes.

All the cameras are editable, so if you don’t want the “Close” shot to be quite so tight, you can use Inspector to move the camera out a little.

Move, duplicate and retime your camera angles to suit your video and you’re all done. Then go ahead and export your final video.

A typical camera group when everything is edited

Tips

- Export your original screen recordings in 1920x1200 so they slip nicely into the ScreenMagic drop zone.

- Make sure to set "Render Quality" to "Best" for the optimal video quality.

 

And thats it! Once again, all credit for the imagery and idea goes to Jeremy Wick! Thanks Jeremy!