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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.
Once you've prepared for your software simulation, it's time to do the recording. In the previous lesson, we set up our software in the background. We can flip to it to see it. There it is; the homepage of SAMOCA art. I will flip back to Captivate. Our microphone is plugged in and working; ready to go. We have a quiet space. We know we are not going to be interrupted. It's time to record, and the recorded slides will appear here in our Volunteer Orientation project that we've been working on. If you've skipped to this lesson, and you need to get caught up, go to the Chapter4 folder of your Exercise files, and open a Volunteer_orientation_SAMOCA_21.
It doesn't matter what slide is selected right now, because we'll have an opportunity to choose the location for our new recorded slides momentarily. To begin the recording, we can go to the Record button on the Control Panel, or we can go to the Insert menu, where you'll see Recording Slide as an option. Either way, whatever you select, when you click, you'll see the same thing here; an opportunity to choose where the recorded slides will be inserted. As we go through our slides, we will select a slide, knowing that the recorded slides will appear after it.
It makes sense that after Upcoming Exhibitions we might want to insert some instruction on how to get in touch with our set SAMOCA art. So we will click Slide 8, and then click OK, and watch what happens. Away it goes, Captivate just disappeared into the background, and the window we select to be recorded is our software here, which is really just a browser, and a Web page. We do have some options to select before we get to the recording. For example, which window are we going to record? It just so happens to be this one.
Notice the title Home at the top. I'm using Safari; you might be using a different browser. But when we go to the dropdown to select the window to record, you'll see everything that's open and running on your computer. For me, the only other thing is Safari, and there it is, Home; that's the name of this page. So I am going to select that. You can do the same, and now we know the right window is going to be recorded. Down below for the recording type, you can see Automatic. This is going to be the most popular, and most often used option.
Video Demo actually records video of your mouse movements, and everything you do. The problem is, it is a video, and you miss out on some things. Manual is another option, where you get even more customized preferences and options in your recording, but Automatic is the one you're going to be using most often. Next we have three dropdowns. The mode; as you can see, Demo is the default. If we click the dropdown, there are some other options here as well. If you wanted to do Training, for example, with Training you are going to see things like mouse movements, clicks, but you're also going to see lots of hints popping up, and instruction on top of what you're doing.
Demo does some of that. You're going to see some little pop-ups instructing people where to go next. And then Assessment; you don't see any of those hints. It's actually up to the user to select the right options in the right order to pass the test. So we are going to leave it at Demo. Panning is something that can be selected as well. We are looking at an entire window, so if you wanted to pan to the area where you're clicking, and moving your mouse, you can choose Automatic, or Manual Panning. Let's leave it at No Panning. We will just look at the entire window. And our audio, which we already set up in the previous lesson, should appear here for me.
My mic is at the Built-in Line Input. So we are ready to record. You should have your script in front of you if you're ready, or if you have it memorized and rehearsed, it's time to hit the Record button. Remember, the Web site I'm using here is for demonstration purposes only, and might work differently for you, but the recording process will be the same. So we click Record, there will be a countdown, and then when we are ready to stop recording, we will just go back to Captivate. If you'd like to contact us for more information, go to our Web page, click Contact Us, and from here, you can fill out the form.
Enter your name, your e-mail address, and information you would like from us in the Message field. Click the Submit button when you're ready to submit, and wait for a response from our team. So let's go back to Captivate. You can see what's happened over here in our Filmstrip. A number of slides have been added, and you're going to see things on those slides, like mouse movements.
So let's go the first one, Slide 9. We will go appear to make sure Best Fit is selected, and here you can see the first click, and there is also a hint here; Click the Contact Us label. Okay, interesting. And the mouse moves down. As we move through the slides, you can see it switches over to the form. As we scroll down the actual Filmstrip, we can see all of these movements, clicks, typing, etcetera. So to really see what this looks like, and if it works, we should probably just preview it.
Let's go back to Slide 9 in the Filmstrip. We will go up to the Preview button, and preview From this Slide. It takes a moment to generate all the new slides, and off it goes. We should also hear our own voice. Notice it is a shockwave flash file. (voiceover: If you'd like to contact us for more information, go to our web page,) (click on Contact Us, and from here, you can fill out the form. Enter your name, your email address,) (and information you would like from us, in the Message field. Click the Submit button (when you're ready to submit and wait for a response from our team.) So I am going to close up that preview.
You have the idea, and that is, again, Demo mode. Now, if you wanted your users to follow along with you, you would have selected Training, where they'd able to follow along, and do the clicks along with you. Of course, they don't have to have a Web browser open, and be at the SAMOCA art page; that's the whole idea behind a software simulation. So now you should have a good understanding about how to record a software simulation here in Captivate 6. Go ahead and experiment with some of the different modes, and some of the different settings until you see exactly what you need.
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