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Creating closed captions


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Captivate 5 Essential Training

with James Lockman

Video: Creating closed captions

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.
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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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Captivate 5 Essential Training
7h 32m Beginner Dec 21, 2010 Updated Aug 05, 2011

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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.

Topics include:
  • Touring the interface and workspaces
  • Building a basic project with shapes, objects, and text
  • Branding a presentation using master slides and object styles
  • Exploring user-based content at Captivate Exchange
  • Animating with the Timeline
  • Adding buttons, rollover images, and captions
  • Creating branching presentations
  • Working with templates
  • Recording a simulation
  • Creating assessments with customized questions
  • Setting up quiz reporting on acrobat.com
  • Exporting and sharing a project
Subjects:
Elearning Education
Software:
Captivate
Author:
James Lockman

Creating closed captions

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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Q: I am having some problems with Captivate reviewer permissions and was directed to the following solution of James' blog, but I'm having trouble implementing it. Is there a simpler solution or has Adobe released a patch?

In order to execute the step entitled "Assign write permission to owners and groups", you need to enable the root user. In addition, you need to add the "sudo" command before the following steps in this section:

sudo chmod -R o+w Adobe\ Captivate\ Reviewer\ 2.0.app
and
sudo chmod -R g+w Adobe\ Captivate\ Reviewer\ 2.0.app

You can disable the root user when you're done with updating permissions.
A: Unfortunately, there is no patch. This is not an Adobe issue, but rather an issue with the way that Apple allows UNIX permissions within its file systems. For most cases, this is a good thing, but for this one case, it backfires. Just so you're aware, the issue persists in Captivate 5.5 as well.

This is the Adobe tech note on the problem:

My solution is a bit easier to follow, frankly.

Here is how to enable the root user on a Mac:
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