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In Captivate 5 Essential Training, author James Lockman demonstrates the core features of Captivate 5, the popular tool for authoring e-learning content such as interactive presentations, click-through simulations, and customized assessments. He shows how to import and sync PowerPoint presentations, add interactivity, and incorporate audio, video, and voiceovers. The course also includes tutorials on assessment reporting and integrating with SCORM-compliant learning management systems. Exercise files accompany the course.
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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