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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 a picture is worth a thousand words, what's a video worth? Well yes, here in Captivate 6, you can import video into your projects, and there's a couple of different ways to do it. One option is to bring it in as an object that sits on your slide, giving your users full control over that video object. Another option is to make it part of your slide, and synchronize it with other items that might show up on the slide. We'll talk about that in the next lesson. Right now, let's focused on bringing in some video as an object on a slide.
We're going to continue working here with our Volunteer Orientation project, and if you need to get caught up, you're jumping to this lesson; go to the Chapter4 folder of your Exercise Files, and open up Volunteer_orientation_SAMOCA18. We'll click over here in the Filmstrip on slide number 9, or Vision, because we want our new slide to go right after this. When we go to insert a new slide, we're going to look at a new way to get content. Go to Insert > New Slide from, and we'll go over to our layouts here, and choose one that includes content.
And in this way, we have the layout already set up for us; it's just a matter of choosing the right type of content, which in our case will be a video. So here we have some with captions, and the content on the left, or the content on the right. How about content right in the middle, or center? Let's choose Content - Center, and there's our new slide with our placeholders. Let's double-click to add a title; we'll begin there by typing in the name of the person we're going to see in this video. His name is Jim Sugar.
Next, we have double-click to add subtitle. Put in a subtitle by double-clicking, and type in Photographer. Now it's a matter of getting the content, which could be text, or it could be content from this content wheel. Let's zoom in to see what that looks like. We'll go to our dropdown to choose a zoom level of 100. As we scroll over, we're not going to be adding text here; we're going to use the Content Wheel, and on the Content Wheel, there's a number of different types of content. If we go to this first little section here, we can Insert Animations, or Text Captions.
How about Text Animations, Images, and there it is: Insert Video Object. The Flash logo is kind of important; I'll tell you why in a second. Let's just click Video Object first. This opens up a new window, Import Video, which could reside on your computer, or it could already be deployed to a Web server, and if you know the exact location -- it does have to be an FLV file; a Flash Video file -- if it's using the HTTP protocol, you would enter that URL in the URL field.
If it's streaming video, using RTMP protocol, you need to know the exact folder name, and you would enter that here as well. But for our purposes, I have something for you on the computer in your Exercise Files, so we'll choose On your Computer. The File Path; we could type it in, or use Browse. Here in the Chapter4 folder, there it is; jim sugar short bio, and notice it is an FLV file. That's a Flash video. Look down below at the supported video formats.
Here we have FLV, F4V, also Flash; we also have MP4. If you were to choose something like MP4, let's say we did have that format, there is an Adobe Media Encoder that automatically launches, and converts it to an FLV file that's compatible. But in our case, we don't have to go through that. We'll just select jim sugar short bio, and click Open. Now what you're going to see is a full path, and if you were to scroll over to the right, the name of our file. we're ready to go; click OK.
That just takes a moment, and you can see it's inserted right on the slide; there it is, and there are some important options to consider. The length of our slide, for example, is about four or five seconds. The length of this video is much longer. So let's take a look over here with our Video Object selected. Over here in the Properties, let's rename it, first of all, from Video_Object_1 to Jim Sugar. You can leave a space, and when you hit Enter, you'll get the underscore character entered for you. And we'll scroll up to see all of our properties, including the General properties.
Notice we have an option here to automatically play it. I like that, so we don't have to hit a Play button. It can automatically be rewound at the end if you like; I do like that one. There is a skin that we'll see momentarily when we preview this. Some other options, like adding shadow and reflection. There is Timing; notice, it's displayed for the rest of the slide. I like this down here: pause the slide till the end of the video. So it really doesn't matter how long the slide appears; it's going to be paused until the end of the video, and then it will move on to the next slide.
So let's scroll down a little further. We can add transitions, transformations; everything looks good, so we don't really need to make any adjustments. Let's just zoom back out to Best Fit from our dropdown up here at the top on the Application bar; choose Best Fit. And you can see that using the Skin that's selected by default, there are some control buttons here. You'll also see a Mute button over here on the right-hand side. But let's see what it looks like using the default. We'll go up to our Preview button, and we'll play From this Slide.
We'll let it generate, and see what happens. (video playing) Pressing Pause, we can see we have some issues here with the actual proportion of our content, and that's based on the layout of our slide. So let's press Escape to go back. Now we can start making adjustments to our content here; our video object. For example, let's go down to the bottom right-hand corner, when we see the double diagonal arrow, we'll click and drag it across and down. That might be a better proportion.
We can move this around, just like any other object, and this is because of the way we imported our video. Let's go to the right here as well, and look at the Properties, and try a different skin. When we click the dropdown for our Skins, which is what we see around the outside of our video, and the control buttons, try something like haloSkin3. You can see there's actually more controls here. Let's give that a shot; again, we'll preview it From this Slide. It will regenerate the slides, and let's see what happens.
(video playing) All right! Let's press Escape, and you can tell by the quality of the video that we want to keep it a size that was workable. We might want to just reduce the size of our object even further, move it more into the center, and we'll leave it like that.
Now, automatically at the end of this video, we'll move to the next slide, and that's because the slide is paused until the end of the video, where our timings in the Timeline will continue. So that's one way of getting video into your project as an object on the slide. Another option is to make it part of the slide; even have it shown across multiple slides, which gives you, then, the opportunity to add other objects, and synchronize those objects with your video. We'll talk about that next.
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