Join David Rivers for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding elements and using themes, part of Introduction to Screencasting.
Oh, it's time now to add some visual interest to our new hire orientation project we've been building here in Camtasia Studio. There are a number of tools and elements that we can add to our project to do just that. If you skip to his movie and need to get caught up, open up KE_Orientation0206. Down below on the timeline we have some clips. We've grouped together for example, our PowerPoint presentation that we recorded along with our narration, split it up so we could insert the blog. Just click group one, hold down your shift key, and click the other clip so everything's selected.
That's because we're going to move them off to the right to make room for our first element, an animated title. So click and drag any one of them to the right to create some space and now just click anywhere on the timeline to deselect everything. Let's say we want to add that animated title. We'll find it by going to the library tab here in the left hand side. At the top, you'll see a number of music folders for adding musical elements. But then, you get in to the theme folders, and you can see there are a number of different themes all containing animated titles, as well as other elements using the same theme for a lack of consistency.
So let's start at the very top with all polished. We'll click the plus sign to expand that, and sure enough we have a basic title and an animated title. Animated titles have some movement in them, so let's try the animated title by clicking and dragging it down onto our timeline. I'm going to try track 4 here where I have an empty space and release. I'm going to move it over to the left. And you can see by default, we get it over to zero. It has a duration of 20 seconds, bu default. Just hover over it, you can see where it starts, and its duration.
That's probably too long for our enemy to title, but that's okay. We can click and drag from the right-hand side with the double arrow. And look at the duration. Let's get it down to around five seconds. There we go. Now let's expand it by clicking the plus sign, because you'll see there's actually a couple of different elements. Let's just zoom in with out zoom in button here, and scroll up so we can see everything. There is a text. Element to this as well as the background. And there are some transitions fading in and out with the text, all built in to this animated title.
So let's double-click the text portion, which opens up the callouts tab. Shows us what we have currently which is just placeholder text where it says Enter Title Here. You can see the formatting, it's using Arial. You can see we can change the color. I like a dark blue here. I'm going to choose that. The text is highlighted. Where it says Enter Title Here. Let's type over that New Hire Orientation. Or, maybe just the name of the company. Because we already have New Hire Orientation in the PowerPoint presentation.
So let's type in. KinetEco, like so. We could highlight that, by clicking, dragging across it and changing some of the formatting for example. If we want to bump that down in size we could. But I think we're good right at the top at 72. It's centered, both vertically and horizontally, we can bold it. Yeah, that looks kind of good. If you don't like it, just turn it off by clicking the same button. And when you're ready to go, we can go back down here into the timeline, and just click anywhere in that empty space.
You can see it's collapsed back together now. Let's zoom back out using the zoom out button. I'm going to click it a couple of times, actually.So I can now move my other clips back in to the end of our animated title. So lets click group one. Hold down your shift key to select the others. Drag them to the left. You will see a yellow marker light up. When it gets nice and bright your lined up at the end. There we go. And release. Now we'll have a nice smooth transition from one the other.
If you want to preview that just move the marker back to zero, click the play button over here under the viewer, KinetEco fades in, fades out, and we're into. >> Hi welcome to Kinet Eco's New Hire Orient-. >> Beautiful. Now when we get to the end of the group 1 clip and move into the blog, what you might see is kind of a harsh transition. So we'll move the marker near the end, click play, okay, and our blog, yeah, so it just quickly changes over to a blog tour, and if we wanted to we could have a smooth transition by adding transition.
So there is a transition button right here, let's give it a click. Maybe you want to have it fade. Let's go down through the list. You can see there's quite a few to choose from. And there is a, a fade right there. You can even fade through black if you wanted to. We can add these transitions to the beginnings or ends of our clips. So I'm going to click and drag this one down to the end of group one. You can see it's highlighted there and appears inside and release. Alright, if we wanted to do the same thing at the end of our blog tour, we could do that as well or we could put it at the beginning of our group two clip.
It's up to you. I'm going to go to the end of the blog. Now let's see what that looks like. We'll drag it back over, we'll hit play. Blog. Date's out and here we go. Welcome to the Connect Eco blog site. As you can strike that over near the end now so we can see how it fades out and click play. Ready to test your knowledge of what you just learned? You really want to increase the effect you can. Grab that fade transition and add it to the beginning of the blog tour and the beginning of group two.
So we have fading in and out, that just increases the effect. I think that might look better. Social networking and our blog, and here we go welcome to the connect, yeah I like that better. So those are some of the elements we can add. When we go back to the clip bin now, you're going to see for example, that we have added our animated title. It appears in the video section of our clip bin. So, if we want to use that again, it's readily available to us. In the transitions, we have the transitions button for selecting those transitions.
Lots to experiment with there, so go ahead and play with those. I'm going to move my marker all the way back to zero, and we'll continue from here.
- What is screencasting?
- Choosing the right tool
- Starting new projects from scratch
- Using characters in Articulate Studio and Articulate Storyline
- Adding interactivity
- Creating quizzes
- Exporting projects to various formats
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: This course was updated on 10/21/2014. What changed?
A: We updated all of the movies in chapter 6, "Adobe Captivate," which was originally recorded in Captivate 7, in response to changes in Captivate 8.