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Preparing to record

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Video: Preparing to record

In this lesson we are going to create a software simulation project. Before we do that, we've got to do little preparation. For this exercise we're going to simulate filling in a form on a web site. I'm going to switch to Firefox now. In Firefox, I'm viewing the Two Trees Olive Oil web site. This is at www.twotreesoliveoil.com. You can go there too. Once you there, click on the Contact link. Next, we want to select Kurt James as the person that we are going to contact.

Preparing to record

In this lesson we are going to create a software simulation project. Before we do that, we've got to do little preparation. For this exercise we're going to simulate filling in a form on a web site. I'm going to switch to Firefox now. In Firefox, I'm viewing the Two Trees Olive Oil web site. This is at www.twotreesoliveoil.com. You can go there too. Once you there, click on the Contact link. Next, we want to select Kurt James as the person that we are going to contact.

In this software simulation, we are going to simulate sending an e-mail to Kurt James. We'll begin recording from here. During the recording, I'll explain that we are training how to fill out this form. I'll explain what each of the fields are and then suggests some entries that someone could use to fill out the form. When I'm done, I'll stop the recording. Let's go back to Captivate so that we can begin the recording process. From Captivate, I would like to create a new software simulation. Before I create the software simulation, however, I've got to ensure that my microphone is going to record what I say.

We can ensure that we're going to capture audio correctly in the Preferences. On a Macintosh, this is located under the Adobe Captivate menu. On a Windows computer, it's under the Edit menu. Under the Recording category, choose Settings. Now choose Audio Settings. Select your audio input device here. Your audio input device will be the microphone you're going to use while you're recording. For me, I'm choosing Built-In Digital Input.

Your microphone choice will be different. Because I know that my input requires the CD Bitrate, I've chosen it already. Depending on your microphone, you might be able to choose a lower bit rate. A lower bit rate will result in a smaller file but higher compression. Having made your audio quality choice click OK. Now I can close my Preferences. We can create a new software simulation from the Welcome screen by choosing Create New, and then Software Simulation. We can also do it from the File menu. Choose File and Record new project.

Captivate will initially disappear. We need to establish what we're going to record. We can record either a specific area of the screen or we can record an application. I'm going to choose Application in this case because I only want to record my interactions with Firefox. I need to select which application I want to record. I'm going to choose Firefox and Two Trees Olive Oil Company. You can see that there's a red line now that appears all the way around the Firefox window.

This tells me the area that's going to be recorded. By default, Captivate is going to snap to the application window. I could also snap to the application region, which is bigger on a Macintosh because it includes the menu bar. Lastly, I could choose a custom size, which would then record only a specific portion of the screen. Next, I have to determine what type of recording I'm going to make. Captivate is very good about making decisions between whether or not to use full motion recording, which is like recording a movie, and the recording that it makes when it's capturing the different events.

It can switch back and forth as necessary if we leave the recording on Automatic. I'm recommending that for most of the work that you do Automatic is going to be just fine. Let's leave that setting on Automatic. We can also determine what we're going to record. We can actually make more than one recording at once. A Demo recording will include the voiceover that we're going to record, plus all of the mouse movements, and the interactions with menus or tabs, and anything that we type into form fields. If I record a Training, it will record all of that but it will provide hints along the way and will stop at specific actions.

If I click on the menu during the recording, then the playback will stop and wait for the user to click on the menu. It will also give them hints as to where they should be clicking. The advantage of recording a training is that you can have a learner go through the process of using an application without actually using the application. The last type of recording is the assessment recording. An assessment is a way for you to determine whether or not the learner is actually learned how to do that process.

In an assessment, all hints and recordings are removed. What's left are the interactions that the user must make in the appropriate order to achieve the results that were trying to train. Let's enable Assessment and Training in addition to Demo for this recording. Panning will follow your mouse around if you have a smaller recording area. We are not going to pan because we are recording the entire screen. There's no need to pan around there. If you had a smaller capture area, however, you might enable Automatic Panning.

This will allow you to have a smaller area of the screen that will follow the mouse. Lastly, we want to record our audio narration. I'm going to choose it from the Built-in Digital Input. Now we know how to set up our recording to capture a demonstration, a training and an assessment, we are going to capture the audio as well so that we can instruct the learner what we are about to do and what we are doing while we are doing it. We are going to actually make the recording in the next lesson.

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Captivate 5 Essential Training

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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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