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Editing simulations


Captivate 5 Essential Training

with James Lockman

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Video: Editing simulations

In this lesson we are going to edit a software simulation recording that we have made with Captivate. We are going to use the contact_demo file that we recorded earlier in this chapter. If you don't have it open, please open it now. Then go to slide number 1. Let's change our view to Best Fit. Now we can see all of the elements in our captured recording. On slide number 1, we have many of the elements that you're likely to be editing in your own recordings. For instance, we have a Mouse track.
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  1. 2m 15s
    1. Welcome
    2. Using the exercise files
    3. Updates for Captivate 5.5
  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
    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 as a learning management system
      3m 48s
    4. Getting reports from
      7m 26s
    5. Generating SCORM-compliant output
      2m 4s
    6. Creating assessment templates
      3m 3s
  13. 9m 12s
    1. Introducing skins
    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

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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
  • Exporting and sharing a project
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James Lockman

Editing simulations

In this lesson we are going to edit a software simulation recording that we have made with Captivate. We are going to use the contact_demo file that we recorded earlier in this chapter. If you don't have it open, please open it now. Then go to slide number 1. Let's change our view to Best Fit. Now we can see all of the elements in our captured recording. On slide number 1, we have many of the elements that you're likely to be editing in your own recordings. For instance, we have a Mouse track.

That's this blue curve right here. The Mouse track will show a mouse as it moves from one place to another during the Captivate recording playback. We also have a highlight area that shows where we want people to click. That's this small box right here. In addition, there is a text caption that goes along with that highlight box. Lastly, there is the audio track. I want to make adjustments to each of these four elements. Let's begin with the audio track. I know that when I made the recording I stopped and then restarted the recording.

That's okay because I can edit out that false start. Let's do that now. Selects the soundtrack along the bottom, and then in the Properties panel, in the Audio group you'll see Edit Audio. Let's play this so that you can hear the false start. (Recording: In this recording, you're going to lean how to use--) (Recording: In this training?) There we go. Let's zoom out so that we can see more of the waveform.

This is a false start right here. I would like to remove that so what I'll do is to click here and drag all the way back to the beginning. This will leave me a little bit of silence before I begin speaking in the recording. Once we have made that selection, we can delete that part of the sound. Having made that change, let's close Audio Editing. I would like to save the changes. Let's scroll to the end of the slide in the Timeline to see the effect of that change. You can see that there's about five seconds of silence that we would like to remove.

I need to move the highlight box, the caption and the Mouse track to the left to align with the end of the audio. Select all three of those beginning with the Mouse track, hold down the Shift key and click, and then keeping the Shift key down click again. Now grab the Mouse track and slide it to the left until its right hand edge aligns with the end of the audio track. Once you have got aligned up, release the Mouse track. Now we need to shorten the slide duration so that it aligns with the end of the audio track.

Great! Now, let's adjust the highlight box. Select the highlight box in the Timeline. Let's zoom in on that up here. I would like the highlight box to completely surround the name field. Adjust the size of the highlight box so that it's a little bit bigger than the field. Next, I would like to move the Text_Caption to the right. I want the point to be touching the lower right-hand corner of the name field.

We are almost done. The last thing we need to do is to adjust the Mouse track. This is the first time that we've seen a Mouse track. So let's explore it in some detail. Select the Mouse track on the Timeline. You can choose how the Mouse track will appear as a cursor. The Mouse track represents a cursor movement from one place to another. In the Options panel, you can choose which cursor will show on the Mouse track. Captivate automatically detects the cursor while it's doing the recording.

However, you can adjust that cursor after the fact. If you'd like to change it to a normal mouse pointer, for instance, then you could do that by choosing this one here. You can see how the cursor changes to that normal mouse pointer. Captivate records the appearance of the cursor at the time of the click. Since we hit clicked in the text entry box, the resulting cursor is a text-entry cursor. If you like, you can switch it back to the text-entry cursor or leave it as a normal mouse cursor. I'm going to set it back to the text-entry cursor.

You can adjust the starting and ending point for the Mouse track as well. If Captivate doesn't have a starting point, it will choose the upper left-hand corner of the screen as a starting point. The ending point is going to be where you clicked. Captivate will show the actual mouse click at the very end of the path. Let's move the end of the Mouse track to the left so that the end of the track is fully within the box. Click-and-drag on the Mouse track and drag it to the left and put it about there. You have a few controls over the Mouse track.

If you want a cursor to be more visible, you could double the size of the cursor by clicking this option here. Now you can see that it's twice as big. We'll set it back to its normal size. You could also have a Straight Pointer Path rather than the curved pointer path. You can also control the speed of the path, and whether or not we hear a mouse click. You can set the mouse click to be either single or double click. Alternatively, you could play another sound when the click took place. I'm going to leave this as a Single-click.

Lastly, the mouse click will show as a blue dot. I could change the shape of that dot by importing a different shape. I'm going to leave this alone. Having made my changes, I would like to preview the project. (Recording: In this training, we're going to learn how to use the Two Trees Olive Oil Company form to reach out to Kurt James.) (Recording: Browse to the Two Trees Olive Oil Company web site and then click on Contact, and then Kurt James.) (Recording: That will take you to this form.) (Recording: The first thing you've got to do is enter your name in the name field.) (Recording: Although it's not required, it's a courtesy that Kurt will appreciate.) (Recording: So select the Name field, and then type your name.) We'll stop now.

You can see now that our audio has been repaired, our Mouse track ends in the field appropriately, the highlight is around the field appropriately, and the caption is in the lower right-hand corner of the field. Let's exit editing now. Let's go to slide 2 to see one more new element in our recording. When you type text in a field, it gets recorded as a movie. You can see that there's an object on the Timeline that's called Typing Text. If you select it, you'll see that there's really not much that can be done with it here.

If you've made some changes to that text, you may want to convert that too a text animation. Let's see how we can do that now. Move your playhead to the right to where the text appears (Recording: So select the Name field, and then type your name.) And stop it right there where the text appears. Now select the Typing Text and right-click. You can replace that now with text animation. That text animation will replace that text that's currently on the field. The default effect is Typing Text With Sound so you do have that appearance of someone typing.

Checking the Properties, you can see that you can change the text that gets entered there. You can also adjust the font and the size of the type. Let's make it a little bit larger. We'll make it 12 point type in this case and then click OK. The default duration for the animation is 3 seconds. Let's reduce that so that it ends where the audio ends.

Lastly, we'll reduce the duration of the slide to match all of the other elements. Let's preview slide number 2 to see how this works. In this case we preview from this slide. (Recording: So select the Name field and then type your name.) Now we have animated text that we can adjust as necessary. Let's close this Preview panel and save our work. I will call it contact_demo_a and then save it.

When you make your recording with Captivate, you will need to edit that recording in order to get optimal results. There will be some cases, however, where you can use them directly without any adjustment. It's been my experience that every recording requires at least a little bit of tweaking to get it perfect.

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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\
sudo chmod -R g+w Adobe\ Captivate\ Reviewer\

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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