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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 add closed captioning to our slide video. We are going to use the file called Chapter 6_h that we developed earlier in this chapter. If you don't have it open, please open it now and then go to slide 7. Select the video on the slide and then choose Edit Video Timing from the Properties panel. If you don't have the Properties panel available, you can always recover it by going to the Classic workspace. Switch to the Closed Captioning panel by clicking the tab to next to Edit. This panel allows us to add closed captioning to our videos.
This is important because not everyone who's going to be viewing your projects is going to be able to hear your projects. In some cases, for accessibility reasons, closed captioning is required. This is how we are going to add closed captioning to our videos inside of Captivate. We are going to begin our closed captioning where I begin speaking. Click around on the Timeline until you hear me begin to speak. You will find the beginning of the speech between 4 and 5 seconds. We will put the first phrase here.
Once you have the playhead in position, click the Plus sign to add a closed caption. You will see that it has a Start Time of 4 seconds and one frame, and it has an End Time out at 2 minutes. We will change that in a little bit. The first phrase that I would like you to enter is the following, "Now we're going to talk about taking care of our amaryllis for the winter." As you can imagine, it's a great idea for you to have a script for your video in advance.
If you have a script for your video, then you'll be able to copy and paste those phrases directly from the script into this Closed Captioning panel. Let's advance the Timeline to about 9 seconds for the next phrase. Somewhere between here and here is where I want it to start. Let's back up to 7 seconds and play it to hear the transition. (James: Amaryllis is a plant.) Watching the Timeline, I can see that I want to start my next phrase right there.
Now I will add my next phrase by clicking Add Closed Caption. You can see now that the End Time for the first caption automatically adjusts to 7:9, and the starting point of the second caption is 7:9. The next phrase, and the last one that we will type for this lesson, is called, "An amaryllis is a bulb, as you can see here." Move the playhead out to about 11 seconds, and then we'll add one more closed caption that will remain blank.
Delete the text in the caption by hitting the Delete key. In order to insert gaps in the closed captioning, you have got to insert blank captions. Captivate will automatically extend the duration of a caption till the end of the video. If I want to stop captioning therefore, I need to insert a blank caption at the end of my caption list. Now, I have got my captions in place, and I need to set how they're going to display in the Project Settings. I access the Project Settings by using this button here.
The caption is going to show up in my video on top of this area here. Because it's fairly dark, the black text may not be appropriate, so let's change it to white. Select the color picker and choose white. Times New Roman may also be difficult to read, so let's set that to Arial. Once we have made those choices, click OK. Now that we have set up our closed captioning, we can close this panel.
The closed captioning itself won't show unless we enable the Closed Captioning button in our Playbar. We do this under the Project menu by choosing Skin Editor. You may need to move the Skin Editor up to see the entire panel. Captivate's default skin does not include the Closed Captioning button. To turn on closed captioning, simply enable this check box. You can see that the Closed Captioning button has now appeared on the control. Having made that change, we can close the Skin Editor.
Now let's preview our project from slide 7. Select slide 7 and Preview > From this Slide. As soon as the video begins to play, enable the closed captioning. (So now we're going to talk about taking care of our amaryllis for the winter.) Our choice of white type has rendered the closed captioning to be invisible against the white background of the slide. Let's change the background of the slide to black, and we'll be good to go. I can insert a rectangle that covers the entire slide, change its fill to black, and its transparency to 100%, and we will send it to the background.
Now we have a nice black bar on which to show our closed caption. We will get rid of the stroke around the outside. We will draw another one on slide 8. Because the last rectangle we drew had these characteristics, the current one will also have these characteristics. Let's send it down underneath the slide video and extend it to the full duration. We do that with Command+E or Ctrl+E. Back on slide 7, we'll do the same thing with this rectangle: Command+E or Ctrl+E to extend it, and we will Preview.
Turn on your closed captioning. (So now we're going to talk about taking care of our amaryllis for the winter.) (An amaryllis is a plant. It's a bulb, as you can see here. And they sit inside of pots. Usually small pots--) Great! Let's close the preview now. We will save this as Chapter 6_i. Closed captioning is an important part of making your projects accessible to all users.
If you're in an HR Department, you're probably going to make extensive use of closed captioning.
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