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Adding video to a slide

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Video: Adding video to a slide

In this lesson, we'll explore adding video to our Captivate projects. We're going to be using the Chapter 6_ e file that we created in a previous part of this chapter. Please open it now and then go to the last slide. Right-click or Ctrl+Click on the last slide, and then Insert a new Blank Slide. We're going to insert some video on this slide. While we do that, I'll provide some best practices for encoding video for your Captivate projects. We insert video one of two ways. In this lesson, we're going to look at inserting a self-contained video file that will play on the slide by itself.

Adding video to a slide

In this lesson, we'll explore adding video to our Captivate projects. We're going to be using the Chapter 6_ e file that we created in a previous part of this chapter. Please open it now and then go to the last slide. Right-click or Ctrl+Click on the last slide, and then Insert a new Blank Slide. We're going to insert some video on this slide. While we do that, I'll provide some best practices for encoding video for your Captivate projects. We insert video one of two ways. In this lesson, we're going to look at inserting a self-contained video file that will play on the slide by itself.

From the Insert menu, choose FLV or F4V File. Captivate can only display Flash video, and again, that's the FLV format or the F4V format. You might be wondering, well, where do I get these kinds of things? I don't understand that. That's okay. Captivate will allow you to convert other video formats; however, for the moment we're going to be using strictly the FLV or F4V format. Flash video files can live either on your own computer or be deployed on a web server somewhere else.

In this lesson, we're going to be using a video file that's on your computer. We'll browse to it shortly. I'd like to discuss for a moment, however, the already-deployed-to-a-web-server, Flash Video Streaming Service, or Flash Media Server option. If you have video that's stored on an outside server and you know the complete URL to it, then you can enter it there. That video must be a FLV file if it's going to be an HTTP call to it. Or if it's going to be a media streaming service, it needs to be a fully qualified folder name that can pick up that service, and it must use the RTMP protocol.

This means that if you're using a service like YouTube to stream your videos, you're not going to be able to pick up those videos using this method. You're going to have to get your hands on the actual FLV file, or the direct path to it, to be able to use this option. That having been said, let's use a video file on our computer. We'll browse to the Movies folder. That's in your Project folder, in the Chapter 6 folder, and you'll notice that there is one F4V file there.

It's called Amaryllis. Select it and then open it. Now click OK to import the video. I shot this video in high-definition. I did my editing in Premiere, and then I exported it to 800 pixels wide so that it would fit in my project. It's important when you're working with your video editing software to be aware of the usage size for that video. I knew that I'd be using it on slides that were 800 pixels wide, so I encoded it that way.

If I make it bigger, it's a waste of time, and it's not going to increase the quality of the result. Secondly, no matter what your video editing source is, you've got to be able to export it to this FLV format. I said earlier that I use Premiere for my video editing. That has a direct connection to the Adobe Media Encoder and also can export FLV and F4V files on its own. If you don't have Premiere, and you have another part of the Creative Suite, or the Technical Communication Suite, or Captivate--and I know you have Captivate-- then you also have the Adobe Media Encoder.

You can use the Adobe Media Encoder to transcode your video from whatever original format it's in into FLV and F4V. Just be sure to be aware of the final size of your slide so that your video will match it when you import it. When we import an FLV or in F4V file onto our slide, you'll notice a few things. First of all, it has its own player. This means that the video will appear as an object on your slide. I also know that this video is over two minutes long, but take a look at the Timeline.

The Timeline is still at three seconds. That means that the slide doesn't know the duration of this video. I have to ensure that the slide stops so that the viewer has a chance to actually see the movie. When they're done, they can continue. This means that we need to put a button that will allow us to continue after we've watched the movie. Let's put a button on the slide now. Select your Button tool, drag it down into the lower right-hand corner, change it's caption to "Continue when finished," and that's all we need.

Just slide it to the left, so that it fits. Let's put a text caption on the top, so that they know what this is. Insert a text caption and not Condensed. I want Bold. Its Caption type should be Transparent. Select your text and type in "Amaryllis Care", and we'll put that on the top of the slide. Hit Escape when you're done editing and drag it up. Perfect! Let's preview our results.

We're going to preview from this slide. There is our video, and you notice that it's not playing. It's not playing, because in order to play the video you've got to actually push the Play button. Here is the Play button. We'll watch just a brief amount of this video. (James: So now we're going to talk about taking care of our amaryllis for the winter.) (James: An amaryllis is a plant that's a bulb, as you can see here.) (James: And they sit inside of pots, usually small pots about the size of the bulb.) And that's enough of that for now.

You can watch the rest of it at your leisure. The controls that are on this particular skin for the video have a Pause button, a Stop button, a Play button, and the ability to turn the audio on and off. Let's look at the preview now. The last thing I'd like to look at is the controls that we have over how the video displays. Select the video itself, and then under the General area, you can see that we have Auto Play and Auto Rewind as choices. If you want the video to play without the user having to push the play button, then of course turn on Auto Play.

There are a few skins that you can choose, and you'll get a preview of them by picking them here. Each of these skins has slightly different controls. So haloSkin2, for instance, includes a scrubbing bar, and then haloSkin3 includes all of the controls. Let's leave this with haloSkin3 and enable Auto Play. That having been done, let's save our file as Chapter 6_f.

Importing FLV and F4V files allows you to create an object on your slide that the user can interact with directly. There is another way that we can present the video, and that's to put it on the slide. We'll take a look at that in the next lesson.

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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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