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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 are going to see how we can distribute our video across multiple slides and synchronize content on the slides with that video. We will be using the Chapter 6_g file that we developed earlier in the chapter. Please open it now, if you don't have it opened, and then go to slide number 7. On slide 7, we already have our slide video. What I would like to do is to distribute that across two slides. The first slide will be our introduction slide, and then the second slide will be the actual getting-the-job done slide.
To distribute video across slides, select the video, and then under the Properties panel, we are going to choose Video > Edit Video Timing. If you don't have the Properties panel available, then you can recover it by switching back to the Classic workspace. The Edit Video Timing panel allows us to distribute the video across multiple slides. I want to split this video at 1:28. We can move our playhead forward by scrolling to the right until we see 1:28 in the time ruler at the top.
See it about here, and then simply click, and that will establish our time. You can see that our playhead is set to 1:28. In our preview, you can see that we are in the middle of the transition. You can use this Preview panel to preview the video and prove that you are where you want to be. We will set the playhead back to 1:24, and we will play a few seconds of the video. Push the Play button to play the video. (James: So, let's proceed with our removing of the foliage.) And we will pause there.
This is the point where I want to split the slides. Roll your playhead back to 1:28, and then let's scroll to the end of the video. This indicator is a Slide Change Indicator. I would like to drag that all the way back to 1:28. Click and hold, and we will drag to the left. I want to go all the way to a 1:28, which is where our playhead is, and then release. Having done that, this exposes another button right here, and this button is the Insert next slide into the session.
This is the action that actually splits the video across multiple slides. Since we have a slide 8 that's black, this is available. If we didn't have a blank slide 8, then we wouldn't be able to distribute the video onto another slide. This means you've got to be prepared before you go and start splitting your video. Always ensure that you have a blank slide, or at least another slide, onto which the video can flow. Now I know where I want my next slide to begin, so I can click this button to extend the video onto the next slide.
Having done that, my video is now split between slide 7 and slide 8. Slide 8 has automatically been extended to fit the video. I'm all set, so we will click OK to close the Edit Video Timing panel. Now you can see slide 8 has video on it. However, slide 7 is still 137.8 seconds long. The video that's on slide 7 is now only 88 seconds long. We need to adjust the length of slide 7, so that it will have a smooth transition between slide 7 and slide 8.
Select the slide on the Timeline and change its display time to 88 seconds. We can do that in the Properties panel, under General. 88.0 is the same length as the slide video. Once you have made that change, hit Enter. Let's preview from slide 7 to see how the transition takes place. Preview > From this Slide, and then Pause.
In the control bar, we can move the Progress Indicator towards the middle, and it will show us when the slides transition from slide 1 to slide 2 in this block, which is actually slide 7 and slide 8. Click and drag to the right. There is the switch-over between one and two. Position the playhead just before the transition between slide 1 and 2 and then Play. (James: --moving of the foliage. So I want to cut off these leaves with a nice sharp implement, and I--) So that's a pretty smooth transition between slide 1 and slide 2.
Using that Video Timings panel allows us to make that smooth transition, so that when the user is playing the entirety of the video, they're not going to notice that jarring change between one slide and another. Let's close the Preview panel now. I would like to highlight a portion of the video, and that would be the portion where I hold up my kitchen shears and snip them in close-up. This actually takes place at the beginning of slide 8. We will go to slide 8 now and then hit your Spacebar to preview the video.
(James: So I want to cut off these leaves with a nice sharp implement. And I had mentioned these (sharp shears earlier. These happen to be kitchen shears) Stop it there where you can see me going snip snip. So this is around nine seconds. Click and hold and drag back to nine seconds. To get that timing, you've got to do a little dance. You've got to start and stop the video until you see the thing that you want to emphasize.
There it is right there. So it's back at 9 seconds. You may have to do that several times to find exactly where that content is that you want to emphasize. I'm going to put my playhead just before 9 seconds, and I'm going to add a text caption. With my playhead just before 9 seconds, I will insert a text caption, hit Escape, and then move the text caption up to the right of my head here, change its style to include the lower left-hand pointer and then double-click, and we will change the text.
The text is going to say "Kitchen Shears." I want the caption to last only two seconds. You can see that the caption lasts for three seconds if you hover over it in the Timeline. Select it on the Timeline and reduce its duration to two seconds. You can do that over here in the Properties in the Timing panel. Change three seconds to two seconds. Also, under Transition, we want it to fade in and fade out.
This will happen by default. Let's roll our playhead back to the beginning and preview the result. We will preview now from this slide. (James: --moving of the foliage.) (So I want to cut off these leaves with a nice sharp implement. And I had mentioned these) (sharp shears earlier. These happen to be kitchen shears,) (but they work really well. You can use scissors or if you've got garden sheers, you can.) And we will stop there.
Let's close the Preview panel now and save our project. We will save it as "Chapter 6_h." Importing video as slide video allows you not only to distribute that video across multiple slides, but it also allows you to augment that video with additional content. I think you'll find that slide video is a very powerful way to create not only video-enhanced slides but enhanced video on your slides.
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