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Adobe Captivate is a program used to create interactive eLearning content and provide custom online training to employees or clients. In this course, author David Rivers walks through the Captivate 6 interface and the process of building an eLearning project from start to finish.
The course shows how to make a presentation from scratch or with built-in themes, import Photoshop images and PowerPoint slides, and add interest with animation, widgets, and video. It also demonstrates how to prepare for and record a software simulation, synchronize video, add audio, and build quizzes into your project.
If you need to make your project even more interesting, one option might be to add some audio. There is a number of different things we can do with audio, like adding sound effects to slides, or to actual objects on a slide, even play sound in the background if we wanted to, and we're going to look at those scenarios now using our Volunteer Orientation project. Clicking on slide 1, this is where we're going to start. If you need to get caught up, go to the Chapter4 folder of your Exercise Files where you'll find Volunteer_orientation_SAMOCA16.
Let's say we want to add some audio to this slide. As soon as it appears, we hear a sound effect. That means not selecting any object on the slide; instead, just going over here to the Properties, the Slide Properties, and then moving down to the Audio section, and clicking Add Audio. That's one way to get audio into our slide. Now, from here we are looking at the Slide Audio dialog, and here's where we go to add or replace audio. Where do we get it from? Well, if you have sound files -- they can be MP3 or WAV files -- you can go to the Import button, and just navigate to their location, or you can use a Library.
I'm going to go here. The Library is actually going to keep track of sound effects that you're already using, so you can access them quickly from here, but if you don't see what you're looking for, notice there is an Import button here as well. Anything you import will then show up in your Library. So let's go to Import. We'll navigate to the location of our sound files. Here in the Mac, you're going to go to the Applications folder, then Adobe Captivate 6, then the Gallery, and in the Gallery folder is where you'll find a Sound folder, and a SoundEffects folder.
On a Windows PC, you're going to Program Files, then Adobe, then Adobe Captivate 6, then the Gallery, and then we'll expand the Sound folder from there. There it is right at the top; Applause. That might be good for our welcome slide. We'll select it, and click Open. If we want to hear what that sounds like before we actually save it, we'll click the Play button. (audio playing) Okay, that will work with this slide. Seems like it's a little bit longer than the actual display time of our slide itself, but that's okay; let's see what happens when we click Save.
Do you want to extend the display time to 4.3 seconds to match this new audio? Automatically Captivate, by clicking Yes, will extend the duration of our slide, and our objects on the slide to match the length of this particular sound effect. All we have to do now is click Close, and test it out. We'll click the Preview button, and just preview From this Slide. It takes a moment to generate the slides, and then we'll hear our slide as it appears. (audio playing) Well, let's press Escape, and that's adding audio to a slide.
How about to an object? That's a little bit different. Let's scroll down in our project until we get to our Vision slide, slide #9. Now, in this case, we have a special effect already with the word vision. We can select that object if we try, and it might be in behind our click box, so that means going down to the Timeline here, and finding our text animation; there it is. Now, if we try to go down here and add audio, we might run into difficulties in adding audio to the actual slide.
If you really want to be sure, and you have to have the object selected, go up to Audio on the Menu bar, and from there go to Import to, and you'll notice we can import it to the selected Object, to the Slide, or to the Background, which will get too momentarily. Right now we are going to Object. Again, we're going to browse to the location of the sound file we want. Let's scroll a little further down, and try one of these whoosh sounds. I think Whoosh 3 might be a good one. Notice it is an MP3 file; we can also use WAV files. We'll click Open, and play this.
(audio playing) Interesting! So when the word vision appears using that fancy animation, we'll also hear a sound effect. I like it. We'll click Close, and we'll test it out. Let's go to the Preview button, and play From this Slide. Again, it'll take a moment to generate, and then off we go. (audio playing) Press Escape, and that works perfectly. Now, how about some background music? That might be interesting if we had something going on in the background.
Let's go back to slide 1 here. It really doesn't matter what slide we're looking at; we're going back up to the Audio menu, Import to, and this time we'll select Background. What I'd like you do is go to your Exercise Files; I have one that's going to work nicely here. We'll go to the Desktop, and in the Chapter4 folder of your Exercise Files there's one here called the roux_theme_music. It's an MP3 file. We'll select it, and click Open. Now, this is a very large audio file, and it's going to play throughout the duration of our project by putting it in the background, so we'll just let it import, and once it's done, we'll test it out.
Click the Play button. (audio playing) Click Pause, and you can see it's going be over two minutes long. We also have some options down below. We can loop this audio, so if our project gets longer and longer, we can have it looped. That is selected by default. Stop the audio at the end of the project is also a default. Of course, we want that to happen, and we can also adjust the background audio volume if we wanted to. So if we want it to be a little quieter, maybe we'll bring it down to about 34%, and click Save.
Once it's saved, we can click Close knowing that we have background audio now. So let's test that out. Again, we'll go up to our Preview button. From here we'll play From this Slide; give it a moment to generate. We'll hear our applause, but we'll also hear some background music. (audio playing) And we'll just press the Escape to come out.
So there it is, playing in the background along with other sound effects. What a nice way to add some interest to your project.
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