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Adjusting timing

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Video: Adjusting timing

In this lesson, we are going to see how we can adjust the timing for objects that appear on our stage. We are going to be using the chapter 5_a file that we created earlier in this chapter. If you don't have it opened, please open it now. Go to slide number 2 where we will be adjusting some timing. Select it in the Filmstrip to go to that slide. Let's take a look at some of the features of this slide. The slide has a duration of 3 seconds, but I would like it to last longer. I can adjust the display time of the slide either in the General settings over here-- you can see Display Time listed--or I could do it down on the Timeline.

Adjusting timing

In this lesson, we are going to see how we can adjust the timing for objects that appear on our stage. We are going to be using the chapter 5_a file that we created earlier in this chapter. If you don't have it opened, please open it now. Go to slide number 2 where we will be adjusting some timing. Select it in the Filmstrip to go to that slide. Let's take a look at some of the features of this slide. The slide has a duration of 3 seconds, but I would like it to last longer. I can adjust the display time of the slide either in the General settings over here-- you can see Display Time listed--or I could do it down on the Timeline.

Let's adjust the Display Time and set it to 5 seconds. You can simply click here and then type 5 and then hit Enter. Take a look at how your Timeline has changed. Along the bottom, we can see the entire slide duration there, and it's been extended to 5 seconds. The other objects still remain at the 3-second mark. I would like to adjust when the three pictures on the bottom appear on the stage. I can do this by sliding them to the right and the left in the Timeline.

Let's begin with the olives on the left. Click on the picture of the olives on the left, and you can see that Freshly_Picked becomes highlighted in the Timeline. Let's drag it to the right, so that it starts after 1 second. Click and drag to the right. Don't let go yet because I want to focus on the visual indicators that are on the Timeline. As you begin to move an object, Captivate will draw a grayed-out box that extends all the way up to the Timeline ruler and all the way down to the bottom of the Timeline.

This helps you to align your content with other objects, or to see when that content is going to appear and disappear on the Timeline. I'd like to set the starting point to 1 second. So I will drag it to the right until it snaps to 1 second. Once you have it starting at 1 second, you can release the mouse. You get some feedback down here that tells you when that content is going to appear on the stage. This number is the start time for that content to appear on the stage, and this number is the duration for that content to appear on stage.

Right now, it is going to last for three seconds. I would like it not to disappear after three seconds, which is what it's going to do now. We can preview this by dragging in the Timeline. So click and hold to drag the playhead, and as you can see, as you drag, that it doesn't exist, and as we move, now it does exists, and then it will disappear as we go beyond the 3 seconds. There we go. So what I would like to do now is to have the olives actually appear for the entire duration of the slide.

We can do that by selecting the olives, which are already selected. Then let's go to the Timing panel and Properties. Open up the Timing panel and instead of displaying for a specific time, let's have it display for the rest of the slide. Now the picture will stay on the stage for the rest of the duration of the slide. Let's adjust the starting time of the Ready_to_Sell olives, select them in the Timeline, and are going to drag so that they start at 2 seconds. Click and hold and drag to the right. Now they will appear after 2 seconds.

Lastly, I want to set all of the objects on the stage to persist for the entire slide duration. I can select all of the objects by clicking on the top one, holding down my Shift key, and then selecting the bottom, and then right-click, and then choose Show for the rest of the slide. This is another keystroke you're going to want to remember: Command+E on a Macintosh or Ctrl+E on a Windows computer. Now all of the objects on the stage will appear for the entire duration of the slide.

Let's drag across the Timeline to show that, and then we'll save. Click and hold the playhead and then drag it. So it's starting here and then moving forward, and there we go. Let's save this as Chapter 5_b. Using the Timeline to adjust when objects appear and disappear is very easy. Remember though, you can always precisely control the timing of an object by using the Properties panel and then entering numbers there directly.

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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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