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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.
Another way to get video into your Captivate projects is to bring it in as multi-slide synchronized video. In this way, you can have your video play across multiple slides, meaning you can synchronize your video with transitions from one slide to the next at appropriate points in your video, for example. You can also synchronize it with other objects you might add to the stage along with your video. So that's what we're going to do right now as we continue working with our Volunteer Orientation project. If you're jumping to this lesson, and you need to get caught up with me, go to the Chapter4 folder of your Exercise Files. You'll open up Volunteer_orientation_SAMOCA19, and we're going to go to slide 10 here in the Filmsrtip, where we just entered some video into a slide that already exists, using it as an event, or an object.
Well in that case, it's just an object, like any of our other objects, and we need to remove this slide to try the other method. We don't need both. So we'll right-click slide 10 here in the Filmstrip, and choose from the menu Delete. We'll confirm that by clicking OK, which removes our current video. Now we can replace it with some synchronized video that will play over multiple slides. Let's insert those multiple slides after our Vision slide. So we click Slide 9 in the Filmstrip.
Let's right-click it now, and from this little pop-up menu, we can choose to insert Slides; how about a Blank Slide? Let's duplicate that by right-clicking it, and choosing Duplicate. Now we have two blank slides; they are 10, 11. And notice our slides go all the way to 13, but we only want the video to go from 10 to 11, and we want it to break up in the right spot. I happen to know, for example, if we go back to Slide 10 that the video we're bringing in, the Jim Sugar bio, has a nice transition from one part of the video to another at about the 56 second mark.
So let's make this slide 56 seconds long. By default, it was given a duration of 5 seconds. We're going to change that by going over to the Slide Properties. First, we'll name it. Let's call it Jim Sugar 1. A little further down where we see the time at 5 seconds, we'll click there, and type in 56, and press Enter or Return on your keyboard. If we go to Slide 11, we're going to rename it Jim Sugar 2, and we'll leave the time at 5 seconds, and see what happens when we go to import our video.
Let's go back to Slide 10, and it's time to go get that video. We'll do it from the Video menu; click Video > Insert Video. And notice that our options are Event Video, like we did in the previous lesson, or a Multi-Slide Synchronized video. We'll leave it selected, and browse to our file. Notice the formats we can choose from. There is FLV, and F4V. Notice, there is also AVIs, MP4s, MOV, and 3GP formats down here, not that they're compatible with Captivate, but if you do have video in those formats, you can use them. It's just that the Adobe media encoder will kick in, and automatically encode them, and convert them to FLV files, so they'll be compatible.
We can skip all of that if we already have the FLV version, which we do; Jim Sugar short bio in the Chapter4 folder of the Exercise Files. We'll select it, and click Open. So it now fills in the File Path field. You can see it's a progressive download. If we wanted to, we could go to a URL to find an existing video. Notice also what's selected by default down below; it's going to be distributed across slides. Now remember, the length of our entire project is 13 Slides. Captivate knows that, and wants to distribute our video from slide 10 all the way to 13.
We only want it to go to slide 11. We can click 13, and type 11, or you can click it, and just drag your mouse a little bit to the left until you see 11. At 11, you will let go, and click OK. So it's going to bring in our video now. It's going to place it in its original size, right in the middle of our slide, and in fact, if you look at slide 11, the rest of it appears down there. Or does it? We have a 56 second portion here on slide 10.
If we go to slide 11, sure enough, it's no longer 5 seconds long; it's actually 176.2 seconds long. That is the rest of our video. Let's go to slide 10 here, Jim Sugar 1. This is where our video begins. The size you're looking at is the original size, and if you really wanted it to look good, you'd probably have it fill the entire stage, and you'd have it encoded at the same dimensions as your stage in your Captivate project. Now, that would mean a very large video file in your Exercise Files if we were to do that, so in this case, we're going to work with a smaller file.
It doesn't look great, it's kind of tiny in the middle of our stage, but just keep that in mind, that it's for the sake of file size. If we were to preview this, let's just go up to the Preview button, choose From this Slide, and we'll see the slides get generated here, and we'll see the first part of our video on slide 10. (video playing) Clicking Pause at this point, you can see we're at slide 10 of 13, and as we move the slider across the top, eventually we'll switch over to slide 11, and you can see where that transition happens.
So one thing we could do if we wanted to is create a nice special effect transition from one slide to the next, and we would see it when it moves over to this picture here in the airport hangar. Another thing we can do is add objects. So let's close up our Preview. We're still looking at slide 10. Let's say, for example, I think it was 12 seconds, Jim mentioned the New York Times. So we might want to add the New York Times, a caption, at 12 seconds. So let's do that. We'll insert some caption text, and you can see it appears right in the middle of our video.
We'll just triple-click inside there to type in New York Times. I am going to click outside of it, and click on it again, so we can drag it off to the side. There's New York Times. And where do we want this to show up at? About the 12 second mark. So we'll just drag it across here in our Timeline down below to the 12 second mark. Again, you have to be paying attention to the times when certain things are mentioned if you want to synchronize them. We'll go to 12 seconds, and we'll leave it showing for 3 seconds, and then it will disappear.
Other things we can do with this if we wanted to, this text caption, you can see some of the formatting, for example, maybe a little bit bigger. I'm going to go to 24, press Enter; looks good. I'll keep the same font, same color, you can see the timing is 3 seconds. If I wanted to, I could create a transition too; let's do a fade in and fade out at about half a second each. Let's go back to our Preview now, and preview From the Slide. Again, it's going to regenerate the slides, and start playing the video.
(video playing) Perfect! And that's video synchronization here in Captivate 6.
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