In this movie, Pooja shows how to build timeline animations in Adobe Captivate and shares some tips and tricks to make these animations run smoothly.
- [Voiceover] Now that we've completed creating the video splash screen, let's start creating some Timeline animations. We'll be using the same project that we started building in the last two chapters. If you're starting from this chapter, you can go ahead and open the Exercise Files folder, Chapter 5 folder, and in this chapter, you'll find the project named 5_4_Start.cptx. Open this file and you'll be at the same level in the project.
Also, don't forget to open the Storyboard document. With that done, let's go ahead and add a slide here. I'll go and right click on the slide thumbnail, go to the Slides, New Slide from, and then select Content slide with Buttons. Let's first add the slide title. I'll go to the storyboard, and here, I'll go ahead and copy the Title for Screen 2, which is Welcome!. I'll go back to Captivate, and place it in the Slide Label section.
Now let's add some audio. So we'll go to the Library, and I've already placed the audio files in the Library. Go ahead and select Slide 2_Welcome.mp3, and drag it to the Stage. This will add the slide audio to the Timeline. Let me zoom it a bit, so that you can see it better. Now here, for this Timeline animation, we'll be adding a bunch of Coach images, and we'll also be adding images related to colors, tints, shades, etc. So let's go ahead and first add the Coach images.
The Coach images are also added in the Library, so let's go ahead and select Coach1.png. I'll place this on the left of the screen, and position it correctly on the screen. You can see that the image is bigger than the slide, and the best way to fit it to the slide is go to the Properties Inspector, and then select Fit to Stage. Now, we can reduce the size a bit more, and this should be perfect, and I'll go ahead and position her to the bottom left screen.
We'll leave the right hand side of the screen for the graphics. Now we need to time this image with the audio track that is played. So let's go ahead and play the audio, and pause it where we want to change the image. I'll hit Play on the Timeline. - [Voiceover] Hello and welcome to the Introduction to Color course. I'm Krist-- - [Voiceover] So here, when she says, "I'm Kristine," I have to-- - [Voiceover] Kristine. I'm Kristine. I'm Kristine. I'm Krist-- - [Voiceover] I'll move it to this particular timing, and then I will drag the object to meet that particular timing.
So this image will be available on the screen for this duration. If we want to see the exact duration, you can go to the Timing panel, and you can see that the image is available for 3.7 seconds on the slide. Let's make it a little more broad so that we can see the timing correctly, and now, you can make out that it is exactly at 3.7-second duration, and from here, you can start adding the next image. To add the next image, let's go back to the Library, and here, we will select S2_Coach2 and drag it to the Stage.
Again, we need to Fit it to Stage, so we will go to the Properties Inspector, Fit to Stage, and here, let's reduce the size a bit so that it matches the other image, and try to place it on top of the first image, so that when that image disappears, this image appears seamlessly. Now again, we need to Play it and see where to make it disappear. - [Voiceover] I'm Kristine, your coach for this course. - [Voiceover] So here, at this point, the sentence is over, so I'll just go ahead and reduce the timing of this image a bit, and after that, there will be the third image, so let's go and pick the third image from the Library.
Go ahead and pick S2_Coach3. I'll go ahead and do the same settings for this image as well, I'll Fit it to Stage, and then, reduce the size a bit, and then place it on top of the other two images. OK, with that done, I'll go ahead and Play this, and see where to bring in the fourth image. - [Voiceover] We are going to explore the different types of colors, and learn about how you can form shapes, tints, and tones by mixing colors. We will also learn how to create color swatches using Adobe Color CC.
- [Voiceover] So here, I want to stop this and after this, I want to bring in the fourth image. So what I can do is, I will make this a little less zoomed, and then, I will increase the duration of this particular image to meet the playhead, and after that, there will be the fourth image, so I don't need to worry too much because it will be starting from here, and will be available till the end of the slide. So let's go to the Library and bring in the last Coach image, I'll drag it to the screen, go to the Properties Inspector, Fit it to Stage, reduce the size, place it on top of the other three images, make sure it is touching the bottom of the screen, and then, I will go ahead and select this image, and instead of dragging it to the end of the slide, I'll go ahead and press the shortcut, which is Command + E for Mac, and Control + E for the Windows.
So I'll just go ahead and press Command + E here, and that will display the image for the rest of the slide. You can also right click and get that option. If you're not comfortable using the shortcut, you can just go ahead and select the image, and then, select the option, Show for the rest of the slide, OK? So with that done, let's go ahead and do some more fine tuning for these images. Now if you currently look at this particular slide, I'll just go ahead and Preview, From the Slide to show you something that is a little amiss.
- [Voiceover] Hello and welcome to the Introduction to Color course. I'm Kristine, your coach for this course. We are going to explore the different types of-- - [Voiceover] I have closed the Preview, and you would have noticed that the images are suddenly changing, there's no natural transition of the images. It makes it look a little out of shape. So to make it look natural, what we can do is, we can start modifying the duration of this, and also add some ease and effects. So here, what I will do is I will select the first image, and here, what I want it to do is, when the slide loads, the image should be static, but then when it's going out, it should fade out.
So what we can do is, we can go to the Timing Inspector, go to the bottom of the screen, and you'll find this option of adding Transitions. I'll go ahead and open this box and select Fade Out Only because I don't want it to fade in when the slide is appearing. I don't want the image to come out of blue. I want it to fade out when it leaves, so that's what I've done, and then for the second image, I want both Fade in and Fade Out, so when this is fading out, this should fade in, and vice versa.
So here, again, for the third one, I will select Fade In and Out, and for the last one, I just want it to Fade In Only. So what we are doing here is, the beginning of the slide and ending of the slide, we are not doing any Fade In Fade Out. What we are doing in between is, we are fading in and out each and every object that is overlapping each other. One more thing we will do here is, we will increase the duration of the first object by 0.1 or two seconds and here also, we will just go ahead and extend it, so when the Fade In Fade Out is happening, there's no empty space in the course, and now, when you Preview this course, you will find that the transition is natural.
With that, let's go ahead and add the images now. So the first thing that I want to add here when Image _1 is appearing, I want the text, "Introduction to Color", appear on the side of the Coach image. Now to get a better view of the course, I'll just go ahead and Hide Image_2, Image_3, and Image_4, so that I can just see the first image. Here, what I will do is, I will type the text, "Introduction to Color", and before that, I have to add a Text Caption. So I'll go to Text, select Text Caption, and here, I will type "Introduction to Color".
Now, "Color" word, I want it on the second line, and I'll be increasing the font size a bit, so I've placed it on the second line. I need to change the size and position of this Caption. For that, I have to be out of the Text Edit mode. For that, I'll go ahead and press the Escape key to get these handles, and then, I will increase the size and position it to the right side of the screen. This looks pretty nice. Now we need to do some formatting changes for this text.
We'll go to the Properties Inspector, and here, let's go ahead and change the font size to maybe 60, so that it's big and nice, and then we will make it Center Aligned and Middle Aligned. Now, we need to change the Color, so I'll go ahead and change the Color of "Introduction to" word, maybe a dark shade of gray. Also the Spacing for this particular caption has to be 1.5, so that there is a clear distinction between this, so let's go ahead and put 1.5 as Spacing.
And I want the size of the word "Color" to be big so that it's more prominent. So let's go ahead and change the size of this text to maybe 80 points. Looks nice, and now, because this is "Color", let's make it colorful. So we'll select each and every alphabet in this particular word, and color it differently. So let's go to the swatches, let's pick a nice, bright red here, and for the second alphabet, let's go ahead and select maybe a shade of green.
Continue doing that by selecting different shades of colors for adding here, so let's pick maybe orange. Just randomly picking some colors so that it comes across as a bright and nice word. The last one, let's go ahead and make it blue, so this is what I'd want to show, and you can see that wherever the cursor was, it started adding the word from there. Obviously, I don't want it there.
I want it to be at the beginning of this line. So I can easily drag and drop it here, so that it starts from here, and I want this particular caption to be available when the coach is in her first pose and the second pose. So I'll go ahead and extend this to the second one. OK, so here, it will keep appearing till the second pose of the Coach is there. This is appearing at the start of the slide and ending over here, so let's go ahead and add the Transition similar to what we added for the Coach image.
We'll do Fade Out Only. Now, we need to add a bunch of images for this particular area. If we are talking about the color wheel and the color swatches, we need to go ahead and add those images over here. So let's listen what the Coach has to say here. I'll go ahead and hit Play. - [Voiceover] We are going to explore the different types of colors and learn about how you can form shades, tints, and tones by mixing colors. We will also learn how to create color swatches using Adobe Color CC.
- [Voiceover] OK, so the first thing she's talking about is the color wheel. Let's hide this text here so that we can start building the next thing, and what we will do is we will bring in the relevant Coach image here, and hide the first image, so that you have a clear idea of what will be shown when you are at this particular section. Now let's go to the Library and bring in the image. So here, I've labeled this image as S2_G1_Color Splash. I'll go ahead and drag and drop it to the Stage. Let's make it a little small so that it fits nicely on the Stage, and here, we will go ahead and apply a very simple effect here, where this color wheel is rotating, so we'll go ahead and right click it and select Apply Effect.
This will show me all the Effects that are available. We'll learn more about it in the next video, but for now, we'll just go ahead and apply one Effect which is a part of Emphasis, and here, I want to apply this Effect which says Rotate Times. I'll select that Effect, and that is applied. I want it to Rotate once, so I've added that, and you can see, if you open this twisty in the Timeline, you will see that this Effect is applied. Now let's Play this narration to see till what time do you want this particular image to be appearing.
- [Voiceover] We are going to explore the different types of colors, and learn about how-- And le-- - [Voiceover] So here, till here, we want this image to be appearing, so I'll just go ahead and increase this, and also, I will increase the duration of Rotation. Also what I'll do is, I will stop the Rotation at this particular position, or maybe, I'll just increase it here, and then I'll increase the duration a bit here, so that there is a little overlap, and this overlap, it will be fading out, so doesn't make sense to rotate it that time.
So I'll just keep the Rotation to 3.3 seconds, and then, the rest of the image will still be appearing over here. Also, we need to apply the Transition here, as we did for the Coach and the other image, we'll go ahead and select Fade In and Fade Out because this is in the middle of the screen. I'll go ahead and increase this a bit here as well so that it starts appearing at the end of that. So now that the first image is added, let's go ahead and add the second image here. I'll go ahead and close the Effect, and Hide this image from the Timeline.
Now, I'll bring in the second image here, which is the Tints, tones, and shades. We'll go ahead and place it on the Stage, and position it perfectly. Let's go ahead and reduce the size a bit, and position on the center of the right side. Now let's go ahead and play the narration to see how long we have to make this image available. - [Voiceover] And learn about how you can form shades, tints, and tones by mixing colors. - [Voiceover] So till here, this image has to be there.
I'll go ahead and increase the size, and a little more for the Transition to happen, let's go ahead and add the Transition Effect as well. You can decide to add the Transition during adding the object or you can do it so that you don't miss out on any of the objects, and even when you are Previewing, you will get to know what is going wrong and what is not going wrong, so it's always nice to keep Previewing when you are building your course. So with this added, let's go ahead and add the third image, and I'll bring that image on the Stage, and with this image here, let's go ahead and hide the other image so that we can see this perfectly.
I'll go ahead and place it over here, and this looks good, and we'll just Play it out, and actually, no need to Play it out because it will end, is where the Coach3 image ends, so I'll go ahead and do that, go to the Timing Inspector, add the Fade In and Out animation, and you're good to go. And then the last image will come with the Coach image, so I'll just go ahead and place my cursor here, go to the Library, and then I will go to the fourth image and place it on the screen.
Let's move it a little down, Hide the previous image, and place it on the bottom of the screen so that it's a little hidden at the bottom. I'll go ahead and right click this image, and select Show for the rest of the slide because I want this image to be available till the end of the slide, so I'll go ahead and select that option, and again, we'll go ahead and add the Transition. We'll go to the Properties Inspector, Timing Inspector, and then select Fade In Only.
Now let's go ahead and Preview the slide. I'll go to Preview and select From this Slide. - [Voiceover] Hello and welcome to the Introduction to Color course. I'm Kristine, your coach for this course. We are going to explore the different types of colors and learn about how you can form shades, tints, and tones by mixing colors. We will also learn how to create color swatches using Adobe Color CC, but before that, let's talk about how people choose colors.
- [Voiceover] Looks good, right? So let's go ahead and create a similar screen which is the next screen, but this time, we will not be adding any images. We will just be adding the Coach images, so I'll go ahead and add a new slide here, we'll again select Content slide with Buttons. The only difference we'll have for this slide is that we'll be placing the Coach image at the center of the screen, so let's start doing it. We'll go ahead and copy the Title from here, go to the slide, go to the Properties Inspector, and place the Title, similar to what you did in the last screen.
Now, we need to add the audio. We'll go to the Library, and we will select Slide 3 audio, and then, you will have three different images for the Coach. It's S3_Coach1, S3_Coach2, and S3_Coach3. Go ahead and add those images, and place them at the center of the screen. After adding the images, go ahead and set the timing.
- [Voiceover] Have you noticed that when people are in a good mood, they dress up in bright and peppy-colored clothes? And when they are feeling gloomy or depressed, they tend to choose grays and browns. - [Voiceover] And then, go ahead and add the Fade In Fade Out Effect. With this, your Slide 3 is ready.
- What's new in Captivate 9
- Creating a storyboard in Captivate Draft
- Adding text, audio and video, shapes, and animations
- Inserting interactive elements such as buttons and rollovers
- Creating a new Captivate project
- Creating timeline animations
- Applying effects
- Creating a drag-and-drop interaction
- Creating a simulation
- Adding assessments
- Adding closed captions for narration
- Enabling accessibility
- Enabling LMS reporting
- Enabling accessibility
- Creating responsive projects
- Publishing a Captivate project