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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're going to actually record our simulation. In the previous lesson we set up Captivate to make the recording. Before I hit Record I want to give you some advice about making the recording itself. When you're narrating be sure to speak in advance of any clicks that you make. It will make it much easier to edit later and won't result in words being split between slides. Make sure that you isolate typing and clicking from speaking. Again, it will make it much easier to edit later on. Speak more slowly and deliberately than you think you should.
You'll discover that your recording will be much easier to understand than if you're going along at high speed. When you click or type or select something with your mouse, wait for the sound of the camera before you proceed. Captivate provides some audible feedback to let you know that it has taken a picture of what you've just done. You can take screenshots when you're recording interactive content, for instance rollovers or Flash movies that won't register as obvious places for Captivate to take a screenshot. To take that manual screenshot you can use the Print Screen key on a Windows computer or Command+F6 on a Macintosh.
When you finished with the recording, type the End key in Windows or Command+Enter on a Macintosh or Ctrl+ F2 on Windows or Command+F2 on Macintosh to stop the recording. You could also simply switch the application to Captivate by using Command+Tab on the Mac or Ctrl+Tab in Windows. I know that it sounds like a lot of things you got to worry about, but it's not as difficult as it sounds. Let's make our recording now. As soon as I click Record, I'm going to get a countdown and then Captivate is going to record everything I say and do.
When I'm done, I'll choose Command+F2 to stop my recording. Captivate wants us to calibrate our audio. This is always a good idea. I'm calibrating my audio for use with Captivate. Now I'm ready to go. In this training we're going to learn how to use the Two Trees Olive Oil Company contact form to reach out to Kurt James. Browse to the twotreesoliveoil.com web site and then click on Contact and then Kurt James.
That will take you to this form. The first thing you've got to do is enter your name in the Name field. Although it's not required, it's a courtesy that Kurt will appreciate. Next, we need your email address. Select the Email field and then type your email address. The third thing you need to do is to supply a subject for the message. For these purposes enter "Great job, Kurt." We can scroll down to see the Message field.
Type "I love your products." If you want, you can send a copy of the email to yourself. For this training please enable that option. Lastly, send the email. Now the email has been sent. Thank you for using this contact form. When finished, you'll type the End key in Windows or Command+Enter on a Mac or any of those other keystrokes that I had talked about.
In the upper right-hand corner of the screen, you'll see the Captivate icon has appeared and it is stopped. Select it to return to Captivate. We've now successfully created our software simulation recording. There are three files that Captivate's created and we need to save each one in turn. The one called training is our training version. So let's save that. We'll put it in the Chapter 09 folder in our Project folder. We'll call it contact_ training and then click Save.
Let's switch to the assessment. We'll call it contact_ assessment and Save. Lastly the demo. Making the recordings really wasn't that difficult, was it? In the next lesson we'll cover editing the simulations.
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