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Adding background audio

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Video: Adding background audio

In this lesson, we are going to see how we can add background audio to our presentations. We are going to be using the Chapter 6 file that's located in your Project folder, in the CH 06 folder, inside of your Exercises folder. Open it and then go to slide number 1. We are going to insert some audio into the project. In this case, we are going to put some audio on the background of the slide. We can do this by using the Audio menu, and you'll see Import to at the top of the list. We are going to import audio to the Background, rather than to the Slide.

Adding background audio

In this lesson, we are going to see how we can add background audio to our presentations. We are going to be using the Chapter 6 file that's located in your Project folder, in the CH 06 folder, inside of your Exercises folder. Open it and then go to slide number 1. We are going to insert some audio into the project. In this case, we are going to put some audio on the background of the slide. We can do this by using the Audio menu, and you'll see Import to at the top of the list. We are going to import audio to the Background, rather than to the Slide.

Now, I would like to talk briefly about the difference between importing audio to the background versus to the slide. If I import audio to the background, it's going to play underneath any sounds that happen to appear on the slide. In this case, we are going to add a long song that's going to play all the time. As slides change, that background music will continue to play. In a later lesson, we'll see how we can mask background audio, so that we can better hear the audio that may be on a slide. When we import audio to a slide, that's only going to play while that slide is present.

For now, we are going to an import some audio to the background. If you're just starting Captivate, then you will be taken to the Sound folder that's in the Gallery folder, inside of Captivate. There are many sounds that are in here, and they can all be used to help enhance your Captivate projects. We, however, need to be looking in the CH 06 folder that's in your Exercises folder. Go into the Project folder, and you will see a folder called Sounds. Choose the 90 second background file and then click Open.

You can import either WAV files or MP3 files onto your slides. If you have audio that's not in one of those formats, then you will need to convert it to either MP3 or the WAV format. Once the audio finishes importing, then we will get to see the Audio panel. In this case, we are looking at the background audio, and we can see the waveform. It has time across the top, and you can see the entirety of that 90-second song as we move through it.

There are a few controls that we can use. We can fade in and fade out the sound at the beginning and the end. We can also control whether or not the audio will loop and whether it will stop at the end of the project. In addition, if we have audio on slides, then Captivate will automatically reduce the volume of the background by the amount that you set here. By default, it's going to reduce that by 50%. In addition to being able to see the audio, we can also preview it by clicking the Play button.

(Music playing.) I will stop it there, and I can also edit it. Click on the Edit tab now. Scroll way out to the end, and you can see that there's several seconds of silence. Let's remove the last second of silence. Click and drag just above the waveform, and then we can play the selected sound.

Well, it turns out it's not quite silent, so perhaps I don't want to remove it. In many cases, you'll get sounds that will have silence in the beginning or the end, or you'd like to insert silence. We will see editing in more detail in another lesson. For now, I'll accept this and close. Let's preview our project to see that audio in action. (Music playing.) I don't need to go any further than that.

And we can close the preview. Let's save our project as Chapter 6_a. You will want to put it in your CH 06 folder, in the Projects folder, and again call it Chapter 6_a. Using background audio in Captivate is a great way to provide continuity from slide to slide through the use of sound.

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Captivate 5 Essential Training

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  1. 2m 14s
    1. Welcome
      59s
    2. Using the exercise files
      36s
    3. Updates for Captivate 5.5
      39s
  2. 10m 18s
    1. Captivate 101
      5m 4s
    2. Understanding presentation basics
      2m 45s
    3. E-learning in a nutshell
      2m 29s
  3. 16m 34s
    1. Exploring Captivate's interface
      3m 59s
    2. Using the Classic workspace
      3m 31s
    3. Using the Navigation workspace
      3m 13s
    4. Setting application preferences
      5m 51s
  4. 1h 6m
    1. Starting from scratch
      2m 51s
    2. Creating a master page
      3m 47s
    3. Adding slide text
      8m 29s
    4. Checking spelling
      3m 10s
    5. Adding shapes
      8m 25s
    6. Adding images
      7m 31s
    7. Aligning and distributing objects
      7m 42s
    8. Using object styles
      9m 2s
    9. Finishing and previewing the project
      6m 7s
    10. Using Free Rotation in Captivate 5.5
      1m 57s
    11. Building with gradients
      4m 43s
    12. Adding shadows
      2m 56s
  5. 53m 39s
    1. Importing Photoshop files
      9m 33s
    2. Importing animations
      9m 0s
    3. Creating slideshows
      6m 10s
    4. Taking advantage of libraries
      9m 32s
    5. Using widgets
      7m 0s
    6. Importing PowerPoint presentations on a Mac
      8m 5s
    7. Importing PowerPoint presentations on a Windows computer
      2m 18s
    8. Understanding the Captivate exchange
      2m 1s
  6. 31m 14s
    1. Touring the Timeline
      5m 19s
    2. Adjusting timing
      4m 36s
    3. Adding transitions to objects
      3m 46s
    4. Animating using effects
      7m 55s
    5. Animating text
      3m 50s
    6. Zooming for emphasis
      5m 48s
  7. 53m 44s
    1. The recording environment
      33s
    2. Adding background audio
      4m 25s
    3. Adding audio to an object
      4m 23s
    4. Recording and adding voice-overs
      5m 1s
    5. Editing audio in Captivate
      7m 6s
    6. Splitting audio among slides
      6m 22s
    7. Adding video to a slide
      7m 9s
    8. Importing slide video
      4m 33s
    9. Synchronizing video
      7m 36s
    10. Creating closed captions
      6m 36s
  8. 49m 6s
    1. Adding buttons
      7m 56s
    2. Adding click areas
      4m 59s
    3. Adding rollover images
      5m 20s
    4. Highlighting objects
      6m 44s
    5. Adding rollover slidelets
      8m 2s
    6. Adding pop-up captions
      4m 38s
    7. Adding text areas
      7m 40s
    8. Creating branching presentations
      3m 47s
  9. 15m 11s
    1. Revisiting libraries
      1m 38s
    2. Sharing assets
      2m 41s
    3. Creating project templates
      6m 50s
    4. Using project templates
      4m 2s
  10. 31m 57s
    1. Preparing simulations
      3m 35s
    2. Preparing to record
      5m 35s
    3. Recording simulations
      4m 46s
    4. Editing simulations
      8m 55s
    5. Adjusting click-through trainings
      9m 6s
  11. 39m 6s
    1. Understanding assessment basics
      1m 53s
    2. Setting up a quiz
      6m 56s
    3. Understanding question types
      8m 22s
    4. Creating custom short-answer questions
      3m 28s
    5. Assessing software simulations
      5m 25s
    6. Pooling and randomizing questions
      6m 55s
    7. Using the new quiz features
      2m 46s
    8. Utilizing the new quiz templates
      3m 21s
  12. 22m 32s
    1. Managing quizzes
      1m 28s
    2. Reporting results
      4m 43s
    3. Using Acrobat.com as a learning management system
      3m 48s
    4. Getting reports from Acrobat.com
      7m 26s
    5. Generating SCORM-compliant output
      2m 4s
    6. Creating assessment templates
      3m 3s
  13. 9m 12s
    1. Introducing skins
      53s
    2. Editing playback controls
      4m 1s
    3. Creating a table of contents
      4m 18s
  14. 15m 3s
    1. Initiating a project review
      3m 59s
    2. Reviewing a project
      5m 58s
    3. Collecting reviewer comments
      5m 6s
  15. 35m 55s
    1. Securing a project
      6m 28s
    2. Rescaling a project
      3m 11s
    3. Sharing a project
      3m 13s
    4. Publishing a project
      10m 57s
    5. Setting up Flash player security
      3m 28s
    6. Exporting to Flash CS5
      3m 7s
    7. Exporting to video for YouTube and iOS
      5m 31s
  16. 29s
    1. Parting thoughts and goodbye
      29s

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