Preparing a software simulation
Video: Preparing a software simulationIf part of your project here in Captivate 6 is going to be instructing users on how to use a specific piece of software, maybe a feature within that software, you can record software stimulation, and unlike recording software that's out there, you're actually creating a simulation where you're going to see the mouse tracking, you are going to have interactions showing up, entering text into fields, selecting menus, etcetera. And that's what we're going to do right now. We're going to do it actually right inside of our existing project, the Volunteer_Orientation project we've been working on.
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Adobe Captivate is a program used to create interactive eLearning content and provide custom online training to employees or clients. In this course, author David Rivers walks through the Captivate 6 interface and the process of building an eLearning project from start to finish.
The course shows how to make a presentation from scratch or with built-in themes, import Photoshop images and PowerPoint slides, and add interest with animation, widgets, and video. It also demonstrates how to prepare for and record a software simulation, synchronize video, add audio, and build quizzes into your project.
- What is eLearning?
- Choosing a workspace
- Adding text, shapes, and images to projects
- Linking in Captivate
- Inserting interactive elements
- Using built-in actors
- Adding voiceover to projects
- Using different question types on quizzes
- Scoring tests and quizzes
Preparing a software simulation
If part of your project here in Captivate 6 is going to be instructing users on how to use a specific piece of software, maybe a feature within that software, you can record software stimulation, and unlike recording software that's out there, you're actually creating a simulation where you're going to see the mouse tracking, you are going to have interactions showing up, entering text into fields, selecting menus, etcetera. And that's what we're going to do right now. We're going to do it actually right inside of our existing project, the Volunteer_Orientation project we've been working on.
If you haven't been following along with me, and you need to get caught up, go to the Chapter4 folder of your Exercise Files, and open up Volunteer_orientation_SAMOCA21. And now we want to show people how to contact us via our Web site. So to do that, we will actually record a simulation using the Web site, and the first thing we need to do is prep it by, first of all, switching to our browser. Now, for me, that's Safari. This Web page is for demonstration purposes only, and is always changing, so you don't need to follow along with me here.
But currently, if I go to Contact Us, there's a form that I can fill out, and submit to get information. You might see something different, but this is what we want to show our users. We will click the SAMOCA logo to go back to the homepage. So we're ready to actually start recording this. We have to consider a few things. First of all, do we want to be speaking? Do we want to record our voice as we're instructing people? And there are some other things that we need to do to get ready. First of all, we need to ensure that the microphone is going to work if we are going to be using voiceover.
So let's Alt+Tab or Command+Tab back to Captivate. Now, from here, we're going to go to the recording section. We'll go to the Adobe Captivate menu here on the Mac; you can go to the Edit menu if you're on a Windows PC, and select Preferences, and as that opens up, you can see the Recording section includes Settings right at the top. With that selected, you can see there are Audio Options over here, including Narration, and in this case, we do want to make sure that our Audio Settings are set up for Narration.
So let's click Audio Settings; opens up the Audio Settings dialog. We want to make sure that our microphone is selected. For me it's the Built-in Line Input; you could be using Digital Input, or something else. Make sure it's the right one, and then choose the Constant Bitrate that's going to be used in your recording. For me, Near CD; it's not quite as clear, and as large a file as a CD Bitrate, but it is going to be a good sound, and it's going to be a smaller file size.
You can calibrate your microphone, like we did when we talked about doing voiceovers, if you need to, to make sure it's going to sound right. Once you're ready, you can click OK. So let's click Narration, so that's turned on. Our Audio Settings are ready for us. We will click OK, and we are back to our project. We're actually ready now to start recording. Other things you might want to do in preparation is make sure that you're in a quiet place, if you're going to be recording audio, like we are. You want to make sure that you've rehearsed what you're going to do.
So take a look at the Web site, go through the motions; you might even want to be speaking while you're going through those motions. And when you feel confident, and ready to begin, you'll start the recording. That's exactly what we're going to do next.
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