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Exporting to video for YouTube and iOS


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Captivate 5 Essential Training

with James Lockman

Video: Exporting to video for YouTube and iOS

Another feature that a lot of people have been asking for is the ability to output my projects for use on iOS devices and to YouTube. Captivate 5.5 includes both of those features today. You'll notice that there's a big button that says YouTube right on it. So if you would like to publish to YouTube all you got to do is to have a project ready to go and then click the Publish To YouTube button. Before I push the button though let's talk a little bit about what types of projects are appropriate. If you have any type of interactivity, it won't work when you publish to YouTube or to iOS.
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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

Exporting to video for YouTube and iOS

Another feature that a lot of people have been asking for is the ability to output my projects for use on iOS devices and to YouTube. Captivate 5.5 includes both of those features today. You'll notice that there's a big button that says YouTube right on it. So if you would like to publish to YouTube all you got to do is to have a project ready to go and then click the Publish To YouTube button. Before I push the button though let's talk a little bit about what types of projects are appropriate. If you have any type of interactivity, it won't work when you publish to YouTube or to iOS.

This means that your quizzes, your simulations, or any other type of project that involves student interaction isn't going to work. This particular project happens to be a demonstration of how to use a web site to achieve a goal. This is an appropriate type of project for publishing to YouTube or to iOS. Something that you might want to do is to modify the shape of the project to fit the device. I can do that under Modify and then Rescale project. In this case, I would like it to fit in iPad before I publish.

An iPad happens to be 1024x768. My height is okay, but my width is not. So I'm going to reduce the shape of the project by simply typing in 1024 here. Hit Return to commit the number and then ensure that you have Maintain Aspect Ratio checked. Once you've done that ensure that you have Rescale Project to Fit New Size enabled. We don't want to crop our project. We want to actually reduce the size. With those options enabled, click Finish.

Yes, I want to do this. Captivate will now go through the process of moving all of my content to the center. It will reduce the size of my stage and it will shrink all of my objects proportionately so that they will fit in the new form factor. This is a huge timesaver when it comes to publishing our content onto devices. Now that I've made this change I can publish directly to YouTube or I can make a QuickTime file on my desktop that I could then publish to my iPad. Let's look at YouTube publishing first. I'll click the YouTube button and it will send it over to the Adobe Captivate Video Publisher application.

I happened to have a YouTube ID, so I'm going to log in there now. You'll need to use your own YouTube account to be able to publish this content. Having done that you need to fill in the category information for YouTube. You might want to type in a Description and if there's any tags you might want to attach that as well. This happens to me an education program so I'll leave it alone, but there are a number of other categories that your project may fit into. I'm going to make this a private program. That gives me the ability to control who has access to it later.

When we're talking about programs for corporate use often times we want to set it into a private group setting so that only our allowed people can access the programs. Of course, you have to agree to the terms and conditions. Having done that I can upload the program to YouTube. Great, it's done. So once it's finished uploading the project, you can of course copy the link and then send it to somebody by email, you could view it on YouTube, or you could use their mechanism to tell someone about it. Let's view it on YouTube now.

In order to see the video, of course I have to sign in and you will want to do the same thing on your account. So once the video loads we can begin to play it. (Male speaker: You'll notice we just saw the advice to use Cmd+Enter to stop recording.) (So from this point forward, I'm going to be simulating recording this application and you can follow along and do the same thing on?) So there it is. As I scrub through it, we can see different areas of the recording. In fact, you can watch my mouse move as I go along here and of course, if you were watching the whole thing, you would learn how to fill in this form and then sends an email back to Kurt James.

Let's go back to Captivate so that we can see how to export this project to our desktop so that we can put it on to our iOS device. From Captivate you will want to publish. In order to get it to a video file we'll need to choose Media. Under Select Type you want to choose MP4 Video. This is the video format that the iOS devices will play natively. We have some presets that are already built to help you get the best quality of your output. If you scroll up in the list, you'll see iPad.

You could also choose an iPhone 3 or an iPhone 4 and iPod as well as YouTube Widescreen High Def and Widescreen Standard Def. If you want to do your encoding on your own, you can choose Custom and then adjust the sliders below. Let's pick iPad. Having made that choice, Captivate automatically sets up my encoding to get good results when I put it onto my iPad. You will want to choose where you want the output to go. In this case, I'm going to put it on my desktop and then we'll say Publish.

If you still have the Adobe Captivate Video Publisher running, then you'll need to close it before you can click Publish. Now that it's finished, you could publish to YouTube, which we've already done, or you could open the published video. This will open the QuickTime player on your computer and then show the video. If you want to load it onto your iPad, you've got to open up iTunes to do that. This is a great new way for you to take your content and to get it out to your learners. Take advantage of these new output methods for your projects today.

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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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