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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 see how we can import video onto our slides but make them an integral part of the slide rather than a component on the slide. We are going to start with Chapter 6_e. If you have Chapter 6_f open, then close it and reopen Chapter 6_e. We developed Chapter 6_e earlier in this chapter. Let's go down to the last slide in the project. It's slide number 6. Select it and then right- click and Insert a Blank Slide. We will do that one more time on slide 7.
Now we have two blank slides at the end of the project. Select slide number 7, and from the Insert menu, choose Slide Video. The video file we are looking for is in the Movies folder, in the Project folder, in CH 06 Exercise Files. You'll notice now that we can import more than just FLV and F4V. In fact, we can import AVI files, MP4, MOV, and 3GP video. This expands what you can do with respect to video inside of Captivate, and makes it so that you can begin with the video files you already have.
You can see that I have a QuickTime movie file available. Choose it and then choose Open. You will get this warning about non-Flash video. Captivate is letting you know that it will now convert that video to FLV or F4V without you having to set up the Adobe Media Encoder. It will do it on its own, and there's no controls. All you have to do is say yes, but don't say yes now. I've already done the conversion, and I have the video ready for us.
I wanted to show you this so that when you are using your non-Flash video, you can still import it into Captivate; you will just have to take this extra step to launch the Adobe Media Encoder and encode the video. Once again, Captivate will control that process for you. Click No, so that we can choose the already-encoded Flash video version of this video. From the Insert menu, choose Slide Video and in this case Amaryllis.f4v. Now choose Open.
Captivate knows that there's more than one slide after the slide where we are putting the video. Because there's more than one slide available, Captivate will ask you if you want to distribute this video over multiple slides. At the moment, I don't want to do that, as we will be looking at that in the next lesson. For now, choose Match the slide's duration with the video duration. Captivate will extend the length of this slide, which is currently three seconds, to match the duration of the video.
Make this choice and click OK. You can see that the slide has been extended to 137.8 seconds, and that the video is 137.8 seconds. It's showing me a poster frame from the middle of the video, and although it's not the most appealing picture of me, it reminds me that there is in fact a video on this stage. When we preview, we will be able to see the video in action. There are no controls for the video itself. All of the controls to start and stop the video are going to be the Slide controls that exist for the actual slide.
Remember that when we import video as slide video, the video actually becomes part of the slide. This means also that we can access the Timeline and add other objects. We can add callouts, we can add all kinds of things to enhance the video itself and then match it up with the Timeline. Let's save this project now, and we'll see how we can do synchronization in the next lesson. Say File and Save As, in this case we are going to call it Chapter 6_g, and click Save.
Importing video as slide video is different from importing video onto the slide because of the way that it gets presented to the user. Depending on your project, you're going to choose one of these two methods to display the video. If you want the user to be able to have total control over that video by itself, then you'll want to import an FLV or F4V file onto the slide. If you're going to want to control additional behaviors for the video and include other content that might be pop- up or enhancement or other types of things, you're going to want to import the video as slide video.
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