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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.
In previous versions of Captivate, you did have the ability to publish your projects to YouTube. Of course, they are converted to video, so you lose any interactivity. Quizzes quite often no longer apply in a YouTube video. However, we can work with a shortened version of our volunteer orientation, so if you want to follow along with me, go to your Exercise Files in the Chapter6 folder, and open up Volunteer_orientation_SAMOCA30. As you can see, I've removed some the slides where we had interactive buttons, the quiz is gone, all we have are some informational slides that will use the timings that are already assigned to move from slide to slide, but it will be a video in the end, posted to YouTube.
What's changed here in Captivates 6 is there's one button for doing this that's right on your control panel. So if you're following along with me, click the button Publish to YouTube, and it will generate your slides, just like it does when publishing to other formats, but what's different now is, as you can see, the Adobe Captivate Video Publisher launches, and down here the bottom, you can see it's going to take awhile for our video to be generated. This is for a very small project. Typically, if you have longer projects, and depending on the content, this could take quite awhile.
Notice, if you're not a YouTube member, there is a New user button that will get you a login, or if you forget your password, you can access it from here as well. But we will click Log In, and now it's just time to give our project a Title. Up here we will type in SAMOCA Volunteer Orientation. We can give it a Description. Again, this will help people or users who are viewing our video understand what they're looking at, especially when they're searching for things.
So I'm going to type in new volunteer orientation. We can add Tags. Again, this really helps for people who might be searching for such information. The Category can also be selected from here; Education is selected automatically, because we're coming from Captivate, and we'll leave it selected as Education. Is it for everybody? We will use Public. If it's private, you can select Private, and choose the users you can view this. Also, you should read the Terms and Conditions. These are for YouTube; click that checkbox, and you're ready to Upload.
That's all there is to getting your project converted to a video, and uploaded to YouTube, all from one button in the control panel here in Captivate 6.
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