Join Aaron Quigley for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding media, part of Captivate 8 Essential Training.
Adding media to slides is a very quick process, and there's a lot of different media that you can add. Because our slide template has an Image placeholder, if I click on the plus icon inside of this box it's going to automatically try to get me to select an Image. However, maybe we don't want to add an image here. Perhaps we want to add avatar or even a video clip. To add general media let's use the Media drop-down menu at the top of the screen. Here we can select between adding an Image, Audio, Video, Animation, Characters, or even an HTML5 Animation.
With the exception of characters, any one that I select is going to automatically prompt me to find that file on My Computer so that I can embed it directly into this slide. If I select Characters, however, I'm going to get a list of characters that I can choose between and a variety of positions those characters are in. This will allow me to find a Character that's appropriate for my particular training. Now using Characters is a great way to make the training for the human eyes as if there was an instructor guiding you through that process. For this particular presentation we will be using Anthony who is located under Business and the second person in. Now Anthony has a variety from poses that we can choose from.
Because he is going to be representing the president of our university, and this particular one as far as students, and this particular slide is a message to the students, I found this picture of Anthony that has him giving a thumbs up. Furthermore, the way that the Anthony shifted, he wouldn't be looking off of the slide, rather across the slide. So let's go ahead and select that one, and then click OK. Now, if this is the first time you've used one of your avatars, Captivate may prompt you to download them. They're not always automatically installed when you install Captivate. They are freely used, and they just take a few seconds to download. Now, because I didn't use the Image placement button, Anthony has been placed directly in the middle of my page.
The first thing I'd like to do is to go ahead move him in a position. Simply clicking anywhere on the image will allow me to drag it over to its appropriate position. I can also see that this avatar is way too big, so let's go ahead and shrink it down a little bit. I'm going to use the anchor point in the upper right-hand corner. And I'm going to click and drag to make Anthony a little bit smaller. Now one thing to keep in mind is that images are not necessarily proportional height and width. I would have the ability to, let's say, shrink Anthony down. But that doesn't look very good because the proportions of height to width are no longer the same. I'm going to undo that using the keyboard shortcut of Cmd+Z or Ctrl+Z on the PC. To make sure the height and width ratio stays the same, as I click and drag, I'm going to hold down the Shift key. That's going to keep everything proportional. Once I think that Anthony is the appropriate size, I'll go ahead and. Release my mouse, position him a little bit. And it's okay that we're overlapping the bottom footer colors and even going a tiny bit into the upper title, because it adds a little bit of depth to our presentation. Now, when we're looking at the slide, I can still see this gray box behind him. Now that gray box is a placeholder, meaning it will not appear when I play this particular slide. However if you'd really like to remove it, you can select it and then hit the Delete key and then confirm that it's been removed. So at this point we've got our first slide completed. Let's go ahead and preview this slide by selecting Preview and then selecting From this Slide. I'll scroll to the bottom so that I can see the controls. Let's press play and here we can see our slide as it'll appear the learner as they move through the presentation
- Choosing a project layout
- Applying and changing themes
- Adding text, media, and shapes
- Inserting interactive elements and widgets
- Adding audio and video
- Adding closed captions to video
- Using responsive templates, text, and images
- Accessing elearning
- Creating software simulations
- Publishing a Captivate project