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Using built-in actors

From: Up and Running with Captivate 6

Video: Using built-in actors

Here's a new feature in Captivate 6 you might like: the ability to import characters, or what we would call actors. These are various personalities in different poses that we can add to our slides to create some visual interest. We're going to do that with our Volunteer Orientation project here on slide 9. Now, if you need to get caught up with me, go to the Chapter3 folder, and open up Volunteer_orientation_SAMOCA15. When we go up to the Insert menu, you'll notice something down near the bottom: Characters.

Using built-in actors

Here's a new feature in Captivate 6 you might like: the ability to import characters, or what we would call actors. These are various personalities in different poses that we can add to our slides to create some visual interest. We're going to do that with our Volunteer Orientation project here on slide 9. Now, if you need to get caught up with me, go to the Chapter3 folder, and open up Volunteer_orientation_SAMOCA15. When we go up to the Insert menu, you'll notice something down near the bottom: Characters.

A lot of people will see this and think keyboard characters, special characters, like symbols, and so on, but really if we click this, you'll see it's real characters. There are different categories to choose from, Business being the default. Now, if you haven't installed these yet, you'll be prompted to do so. So you'll want to pause this movie, go through the installation process to get these assets added. Depending on your installation options when you install Captivate 6, you may need to do this, or they may already be there like mine.

Let's choose a category dropdown, and look at the casual ones. Well there is only one character here dressed a little more casually, in various poses as we scroll down. There's one for Illustrated. These are not real life looking characters, but rather cartoon characters in similar poses. Even one for Medicine, and when we go here, you can see the two different characters: lab coat, or scrubs. Let's go back to Business. That applies to our slide, and look at the different characters we can choose from here.

We have different genders, we have different age categories, different poses; let's go back to our first guy here, and scroll down the list, and find one that will help illustrate our vision graphic on this slide. I'm thinking this guy down here; I'll select that, and click OK. So there he is in his original size. I'm thinking this guy needs to be over here, and facing the other direction, and we might want to size him down a little bit. I'm going to do that from the top right corner, but I'm going to hold down the Shift key, so I keep the same aspect ratio.

I don't want to make him too wide, or too skinny. That's about right; maybe a little smaller, because I'm going to move him up. And of course, he is facing the wrong direction, so we need to flip him, and that's where the properties come in. The image Name; you can see it's just Image, and then a number. Your number may be different than mine; it really doesn't matter. We're going to highlight that, and we're going to type in Actor. Other options include things like grayscale, if you want to go black and white; if your content's black and white, you can make it match.

This is the one that we really need here, and that's to flip the image horizontally. And when we do that, now he's pointing down at our vision. If we wanted to, we could do other things, like crop it, and you'll notice that when we move him over our graphic, there is already a transparency here, so we don't need to actually do that. We'll just position him in the right spot, maybe down a little bit, and there we go. We can add a shadow, make him three- dimensional, there are different shadow options to choose from. You can see a bit of a shadow around the outside; really doesn't work well, so I'm going to turn that off.

There are reflections as well, as if he's standing on water; there we go. Really not applicable, so we can turn that off. Now, as far as the timing, you can see here our actor is right at the top of our list, and that's where we want him. The Click Box should be on top, so let's move this down, so the Click Box is on top. Perfect! As for the timing, he should be there for the entire slide, I think. Let's go over to the Timing section, change it from specific time, where you can see the default of 3 seconds, to rest of slide, and now it's just as long as the rest of the graphics, and items that appear on this slide.

All right, there are some other options, or properties that can be adjusted; if we wanted to add audio, for example. Let's just leave everything as is, and preview this now. I'll go up to our Preview button, and preview From this Slide to see what it looks like. So it just takes a moment. We're going to see the special effect on our vision, our character's pointing directly to it, and now we have a click box here to move on to the next slide. There we go. We'll press Escape to return, and that's how we insert characters here in Captivate 6.

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Up and Running with Captivate 6

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  1. 6m 51s
    1. Welcome
      45s
    2. Using the exercise files
      36s
    3. Viewing the finished project
      5m 30s
  2. 29m 57s
    1. What is Captivate 6?
      2m 0s
    2. eLearning basics
      4m 26s
    3. What's new in Captivate 6?
      4m 14s
    4. Touring the interface
      8m 19s
    5. Choosing an appropriate workspace
      3m 4s
    6. Setting up global preferences
      7m 54s
  3. 48m 19s
    1. Creating a project from scratch
      4m 1s
    2. Creating visual interest with themes
      3m 21s
    3. Creating a project from PowerPoint
      4m 32s
    4. Adding text
      6m 50s
    5. Editing the master slide
      3m 43s
    6. Adding shapes
      8m 40s
    7. Adding images
      6m 46s
    8. Using hyperlinks
      6m 45s
    9. Testing and editing hyperlinks
      3m 41s
  4. 32m 14s
    1. Importing from PowerPoint presentations
      3m 26s
    2. Importing Photoshop files
      5m 52s
    3. Inserting animations
      6m 42s
    4. Using widgets
      6m 3s
    5. Inserting interactive elements
      5m 43s
    6. Using built-in actors
      4m 28s
  5. 45m 55s
    1. Adding background audio
      6m 35s
    2. Using voice-overs
      4m 48s
    3. Adding video to a slide
      7m 33s
    4. Synchronizing video
      7m 48s
    5. Creating closed captions
      9m 5s
    6. Preparing a software simulation
      3m 29s
    7. Recording a software simulation
      6m 37s
  6. 39m 20s
    1. eLearning assessment basics
      2m 14s
    2. Setting up a quiz
      8m 48s
    3. Using different question types
      12m 22s
    4. Using remediation
      5m 4s
    5. Exploring partial and negative scoring
      4m 29s
    6. Working with a pretest
      6m 23s
  7. 26m 33s
    1. Preparing a project to publish
      5m 41s
    2. Publishing your project
      9m 0s
    3. Publishing eLearning content in HTML5
      4m 38s
    4. Publishing to YouTube
      2m 58s
    5. Reporting to a learning management system (LMS)
      4m 16s
  8. 26s
    1. Goodbye
      26s

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