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Splitting audio among slides


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Captivate 5 Essential Training

with James Lockman

Video: Splitting audio among slides

Many times we import audio files that are longer than the slide durations that we already have. In this lesson, we're going to see how we can import audio and distribute it across multiple slides. We're going to be using the Chapter 6_d file that we built earlier in this chapter. If you don't have it open, please open it now and go to slide number 1. The first thing we need to do is to remove the background audio. Under Audio, choose Remove and then Background.
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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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Captivate 5 Essential Training
7h 32m Beginner Dec 21, 2010 Updated Aug 05, 2011

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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.

Topics include:
  • Touring the interface and workspaces
  • Building a basic project with shapes, objects, and text
  • Branding a presentation using master slides and object styles
  • Exploring user-based content at Captivate Exchange
  • Animating with the Timeline
  • Adding buttons, rollover images, and captions
  • Creating branching presentations
  • Working with templates
  • Recording a simulation
  • Creating assessments with customized questions
  • Setting up quiz reporting on acrobat.com
  • Exporting and sharing a project
Subjects:
Elearning Education
Software:
Captivate
Author:
James Lockman

Splitting audio among slides

Many times we import audio files that are longer than the slide durations that we already have. In this lesson, we're going to see how we can import audio and distribute it across multiple slides. We're going to be using the Chapter 6_d file that we built earlier in this chapter. If you don't have it open, please open it now and go to slide number 1. The first thing we need to do is to remove the background audio. Under Audio, choose Remove and then Background.

Yes, I would like to remove the background audio. I know you like that song, and that's okay. We're going to put it back in, but we're going to put it in starting on slide 2, and then we're going to distribute it across those slides that follow. Select slide number 2 and then choose Audio > Import to > Slide. Choose the MP3 file called 60 second background and then choose Open. Captivate is going to parse this song, and then it's going to present us with some options.

It will have figured out that it's too big to fit on this slide. We now have three options for importing this audio that's too big. I could extend the duration of my one slide. That's the first option. I don't care to do that because I want to distribute that audio over multiple slides. We have two methods of doing that. First, I could distribute the audio file over several slides and allow me to choose the timing. The other option is to retain the current slide durations and then distribute that audio over several slides.

I'm going to choose the second option, because I want to show you how you can synchronize the transitions of the slides with the audio. Choose the second option and then click OK. The audio consists of my speech at the beginning followed by the sound. You can see right now that we're looking at slide number 1. Let's move to slide number 2, which is where our song begins. From here, we want to modify the timings so that the slide transitions correspond to the beats of the music.

First, let's play the music to get a sense of where those beats are. (Music playing.) Playing that music I can hear where the transitions are. If you're not musically inclined, you should still be able to identify the natural changes in the song. What we're going to do now is to use those natural changes in the song to control the transitions that occur on the slides.

If I move my view all the way to the right, I can see that bunched up after this slide are slides 3, 4, 5, and 6. There they are. There is slide 3, 4, 5, and 6. What I want to do is to realign where those slides begin. I could do it manually by dragging the slides around, but there is an easier way to do it. Once again, I'm going to play the music, but this time I'm going to use this button right here, which is the Start next slide at cursor position button.

This is another key command that you should remember. It's the same as saving, which is Command+S or Ctrl+S, but in this case it means synchronize. I'm going to use the button for clarity. The procedure, again, is to begin playing the music, and then when you want the slides to change, you click this button here, or use Command+S or Ctrl+S. Here we go. (Music playing.) Now, I'm out of slides, so I'll stop.

I'll save and close and preview my work. Now, you can see that each of the slides has audio on it. Going down to slide 6 we can see that it's very long. It's over a minute long. Go all the way out to the end, and you can see that there is a lot of empty space there, and this is because initially all of the slides were extended, but then we brought them back in. We'll reduce the duration of slide 6 to match the length of the music, and there you see it.

Now, let's preview. We'll preview our project to see the full results. "Welcome to the Hansel & Petal virtual flower show. Enjoy the flowers and the music." Once we click, we'll hear some barks, and then our songs will play. (Dogs barking.) (Music barking.) So you can see how the transitions in the slides are now corresponding to the music.

This happens because we took the time to play the music while we were synchronizing the transitions using the Command+S, Ctrl+S, or clicking that button. Let's close the preview and save our project. We'll save it as Chapter 6_e. Being able to distribute multiple slides isn't just for slideshows. You can use it when importing any long audio that needs to distribute across multiple slides.

If you happen to be reading a script, you can do the same thing while recording audio. Under Audio, choose Record to, and then Slides. This will allow you to record that audio to multiple slides. We don't have that option right now because I happen to be on slide number 6, which is the last slide in the stack. Having the ability to synchronize the slides with the audio makes it possible for you to use a much more relaxed workflow.

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Q: I am having some problems with Captivate reviewer permissions and was directed to the following solution of James' blog, but I'm having trouble implementing it. Is there a simpler solution or has Adobe released a patch?

In order to execute the step entitled "Assign write permission to owners and groups", you need to enable the root user. In addition, you need to add the "sudo" command before the following steps in this section:

sudo chmod -R o+w Adobe\ Captivate\ Reviewer\ 2.0.app
and
sudo chmod -R g+w Adobe\ Captivate\ Reviewer\ 2.0.app

You can disable the root user when you're done with updating permissions.
A: Unfortunately, there is no patch. This is not an Adobe issue, but rather an issue with the way that Apple allows UNIX permissions within its file systems. For most cases, this is a good thing, but for this one case, it backfires. Just so you're aware, the issue persists in Captivate 5.5 as well.

This is the Adobe tech note on the problem:

My solution is a bit easier to follow, frankly.

Here is how to enable the root user on a Mac:
 
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