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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 create a new project from an existing project template. From the File menu, choose New Project and then Project From Template. Choose Chapter 8_b.cptl. This is our project template that we built earlier in the chapter. Once you have it selected, click Open. You can see our placeholder elements appearing as gray boxes. We can replace the content in the placeholders simply by double-clicking them.
Let's replace the content in the text caption at the top. Simply double-click and then type the new caption there. Double-click to select. Drag across. We will type Amaryllis Training. Hit Escape to end editing. Let's replace this image now. Select the image and then double-click. You can pick any existing image from your library or import a new file. Choose Import now.
In the Exercise Files, go to Chapter 8, and Project, look in your Images, and choose flower storefront. Click Open. That image now fills the space that we provided with the placeholder. Of course, the proportions aren't quite right so we may want to have it fit to the stage instead and then resize it appropriately. Hold down your Shift key to rescale proportionally.
This is an important take away for image placeholders. When you use image placeholders, you don't always know the size of the images coming in. In many cases, you will be required to rescale or resize the images to get them to fit appropriately. Alternatively, you could make your image placeholder be the same proportions as all of the pictures that you're taking from your digital camera for instance and then you will be very close and be able to scale quickly. Let's go take a look at Slide 2. Slide 2 has a video placeholder.
Double-click it and choose Amaryllis.f4v. This is located in the Movies folder, in your Exercises folder, in Chapter 8. Once you have it selected, choose Open. The video also gets scaled out of proportion. Under Position & Size, click Original Size. This will position the video at the top left-hand corner of the screen.
Let's move it down to the bottom. Select it and drag it down. Let's take a look at the Timeline. In the Timeline the video only exists for the duration of the slide. Because we didn't import this video through the normal Import > Slide Video method, we don't get the timing automatically built for us. When you import video onto a template therefore, you've got to take the additional step of editing the video timing. In the Properties panel, you'll see Video and Edit Video Timing.
We've examined video timing in another chapter so I am not going to do that here. This project is well on its way to completion. There is the third slide there and that's a recording slide. We are not going to do anything with that just yet. We will be looking at recordings in another chapter. For now, let's save this project. We'll call it Chapter 8_c.cptx. Once again, it's important not to change the extension on this file. This is a Captivate project. It's not a Captivate template.
We have seen how we can use a template in Captivate and replace the template objects with live content. Even though we have to make adjustments to the things that we put into the content placeholders, this is still a great way to save a lot of time and a lot of energy in creating new Captivate projects.
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