Join Aaron Quigley for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding a screen capture to an existing project, part of Captivate 8 Essential Training.
If you're already working inside of Captivate 8 and you'd like to add screen capture to your project, you can do that. There's a few changes though, versus starting out with a screen capture project. The first thing you need to do is to navigate to the slide in your film strip that's directly before where you'd like the screen capture or software demonstration to start. The presentation I have open is adding screen capture and can be found in the chapter seven folder of the exercise files. This is simply our regular project that we've been working on, and if you remember, here at the certificate page, we added a button that says learn more o.v.u. And that button took us to a page that had some videos that we placed on it.
This may look slightly different than the page that we created as I've change the text a little bit, and I positioned the videos left and right on the page. I've also created a button on this page that says Learn how to use lynda.com. I would like this button to go to the next slide and I'd like the next slide to be a video screen capture of how to log in to lynda.com. To get started I'll make sure that slide is selected in the film strip. I'm going to come to insert slides and select software simulation. Now, the first thing it's going to do is to have you confirm that this is the slide that you want to be directly before the software simulation.
If, for some reason, a different side is selected, you can change it at this point. But if you remember, the software simulation is going to bring in a lot of slides, so it's really important to get it in the right place in your presentation. Let's go ahead and click OK. Now there's a few things that are different versus starting with a screen capture software simulation. The first thing is that our red box, we no longer have the filled in corner and don't have the ability to change it's height and width ratio. The reason is, is that we're going to record the software simulation to match the current dimensions of the slides that we're currently creating. So let's go ahead and figure out how we deal with the fact that my web browser is larger than this red box.
The first step is I'm going to go ahead and select the program that I'd like to record. The next thing I'm going to do is I'm going to check the box that says Snap to window. That's going to automatically resize my program window to fit the exact size of the slides that I'm creating in Captivate 8. The rest of this is pretty simple. We can choose the mode that we'd like to record. We can choose whether or not to record system audio. And we can even go in at this point to the settings and change the settings that go with the various modes. Once we're ready, let's go and click Record.
I'll show students how to navigate to the Log In button, click on the Log In button, and then click on, Log in through your organization or school. Here, they'd be taken to a lynda.com log in page, where they could log in with their school credentials. To finish this recording, I'm going to hit the keyboard shortcut of Cmd+Enter. And Captivate has now created the software simulation and placed it as slides directly inside of my project. Now a few things to keep in mind. We've been working in a responsive project. So what happens when I go ahead and click on the tablet view? Well the tablet view can't shrink down the screen capture, and so what it's doing is it's shifting the screen capture over to focus on the most important area.
Because there is action in the upper hand corner, Captivates trying to place that as the most important thing to look at as it moves through it's different views. Using screen capture with a responsive project sometimes works great but not always, so it's important to move through all of your different scenes with each individual slide to make sure that you're showing to the user exactly what it is you'd like to display.
- 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