Join Aaron Quigley for an in-depth discussion in this video Recording an application, part of Captivate 8 Essential Training.
Now that we've got our settings taken care of, and we know the keyboard shortcuts to pause and stop our recording, let's go ahead and make a sample recording. I'm choosing to record an application, which is Google Chrome, in just the application region. I'm also going to use these settings for the automatic recording of a demo. Let's go and click record. We'll get a three second countdown from Captivate. And then our program will start recording. Now if we selected audio narration then everything that I'd be saying at this point would be recorded as well. I'm going to come up to browse the library, come down to education and then click on Captivate.
If I was making this demonstration I'd literally be showing someone how to find our Captivate advance training course. Here I would scroll down the page until I found Captivate advance techniques. I would click on this course and maybe I'd even scroll down the page and start playing the welcome video. I'll use command enter to stop the recording. And at this point Capfits's going to go through and it's going to cut up everything I just did and turn it into slides. If a slide a quick animation, then it's going to create a shorter time signature for that slide.
So let's go and take a look at the slides that were created. Here I can see the first one has a mouse movement where I came down to browse the library. Then with Browse the Library open, I came down to Education. From Education, it took me over and I clicked on Captivate. Now because at this point, I actually clicked on something, it's creating a pop-up box, and it just says that I clicked the scroller area. Well, that doesn't really mean anything. What is a scroller area? What we can do at this point is I can actually go in, and edit this text. And then I can say something such as click on Captivate. If I also feel that my cursor is not in the right place, I can grab the box where I click and I can drag it around and adjust it so it's exactly lined up to the item I'd like to click.
It's a good practice every time you have a box that appears from a click, or boxes that appear when you type something, to go through your presentation and make sure they say exactly what you want them to say. I'm pretty sure if I scroll through this presentation and look for the next one, I'm also going to see a lot of these boxes that say click on scroller area. That's because Captivate doesn't know the exact words of what it is I'm clicking on. It's pretty, though, to go through and edit these to say exactly what you wanted to say such as, Click on Captivate Advanced Techniques. To better understand how Captivate's creating this presentation, let's also open up the timeline to see what's happening here.
Now I'm just going to click through a few slides, and as we can see, once have actually matched the timeline to align to the animation. Now, if we have an area where the animation was longer than three seconds. Captivate has automatically cut the slides off at a three second mark and then created the next slide. The reason they've done this is in our general preferences, we've set the max slide time to three seconds. If you're making a software simulation where you're going to be on a particular area of your software and talking about it for quite a while,. I highly recommend you go into the general settings and increase the automatic slide time to something closer to let's say ten seconds per slide. And the benefit to increasing the time value is, you'll actually end up with fewer slides in your film strip. That way if you choose to add navigation inside your Captivate project, it's easier to find your exact point you want users to navigate to inside your presentation. Let's go ahead and see how this plays out. I'm going to preview this and I'm just going to choose to preview the entire project. Now please keep in mind that we started with a softer simulation, and so this is not a responsive project. When I choose project from the preview menu, it is not going to open it up in a web browser, it's going to open it inside of Captivate 8. So here I can see that it's automatically playing. My cursor is moving around, it's clicking on the various options. I can hear the sound of the cursor as it clicks. And that's the end of our presentation. So at this point, if I was making a software simulation, I could go ahead and add voice over narration. I could go ahead and add voice over narration. I could also embed video or images directly onto these slides. And continue working inside my Captivate project with a software simulation in the background.
- 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