Join Pooja Jaisingh for an in-depth discussion in this video Syncing audio with objects, part of Captivate 8: Advanced Techniques.
- On the screens where you need to show people talking to each other, or screens where you are depicting fast-changing visuals, it's important to sync audio with images correctly. Let's see two simple ways to sync audio in Adobe Captivate projects. For the first way, we will be using slide audio, and for the second, we will be attaching audio to the objects. Let's begin. We are in the Sync Audio Start project. You can open it from the Exercise Files folder and the Chapter 6 folder.
Let's open the Properties Inspector and in the Slide Properties, go to the Options tab and click "Add Audio." I've already added the audio files in the library, so let's go ahead and click "Library" here and select "SyncAudioClip.mp3" and click "Okay." Go ahead and click "Save," and you'll get this message "Do you want to extend the display time?" Say "Yes." We close this dialog, and then go ahead and open the timeline.
Click the timeline to see the timeline objects. Let's go ahead and close the Properties Inspector so that we can get a bigger and better view of the timeline. You can see there is an audio track attached over here. Go ahead and play this audio clip and based on where you want to show the visuals along with the audio, place those visuals at those positions. So let's start playing it. - Hey, Phillip. What's up? - Lydia. - So here, at this particularly place, I want to change the visuals.
So I'll just place the cursor over here and then move the second visual at this particular position. And at this position, I want this to be clipped, so I just reduce the size by grabbing the handle and moving it backwards. Now let's play it again. - Lydia, we have a problem. We have to send these photos to the client in less than 30 minutes. But I know for a fact that they will not want this boat in the background because it's a visual distraction from their furniture. - Okay, at this position, I want a second visual to end, so I'll go ahead and drag it to this particular position.
Now, let's play it again. - I didn't even notice it there. I'll get to work on it right away. - So here I want the third visual to start so I'll grab this image over here and move it to the right. And where the cursor is placed, I'll go ahead and end this particular object. And then, the last one should be easy because it will start from here and end at the end of the slide. With these changes done, let's go ahead and preview this.
I'll go ahead and click "Preview Project." - Hey, Phillip. What's up? - Lydia. We have a problem. We have to sen these photos to the client in less that 30 minutes, but I know for a fact they will not want this boat in the background, because it's a visual distraction from their furniture. - I didn't even notice it there. I'll get to work on it right away. - Great! Remember, we only have 30 minutes. Try using the healing brush in Lightroom. That should take care of it. - Notice how nicely it was synced along with the images.
Now let's take a look at the other way of syncing audio. That is by attaching audio clips to the images itself. So we'll go to the second slide and start doing that. For that, first what we will do is we will reduce the timing of the images to one second so that, if the audio is less than three seconds, it doesn't get any longer than that. I'll go ahead and do this for all the images in this slide. Now, it's time to attach the audio to these images.
Go ahead and double click the first image in the timeline. You will get to see the Properties Inspector. Here, go to the Options tab, and under Options tab, click "Add Audio." Here again, I have added all the audio clips to the library. Go ahead and click Library and select "Clip1" and click "Okay." Click "Save" and say "yes" for extending the timing. Click "Close." You can see that this particular image timing has increased to about one and a half seconds.
Let's go to the second image, double click it, and click "Add Audio" in the Properties Inspector under Options tab. Go ahead and click "Library." Select "Clip2," click "Okay," and click "Save." Say "yes" for increasing the timing. Click "Close," and now let's do the same for the third and fourth image. Now you can see each of these images has a different duration. this is going to help us time these images with the audio perfectly.
So let's go ahead and close the Properties Inspector to get a better view of the timeline. Let's go ahead and increase the duration of the slide. Now it should be very easy. The timing of the object is already set. All you have to do is place it one after the other. As soon as the first image ends, the second should begin. Let's place it perfectly so that there is no empty area here and then let's go ahead and do the fourth one.
Towards the end, whatever duration is left, go ahead and decrease the slide timing. And now let's preview this. So we'll go ahead and preview from the slide. - Hey, Phillip. What's up? - Lydia, we have a problem. We have to send these photos to the client in less than 30 minutes. But I know for a fact they will not want this boat in the background because it's a visual distraction from their furniture. - I didn't even notice it there. I'll get to work on it right away. - Great! Remember, we only have 30 minutes.
Try using the healing brush in Lightroom. That should take care of it. - Isn't it pretty easy? And I find the second option to be easier than the first option. The only drawback with the second option is that if you are planning to add closed captions to your course, then don't use this option because with the object audio, you will not be able to add closed captions. If you have to use closed captions, go for the first way, and if there are no closed captions in your course, this one should be an easier way to follow.
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- Creating advanced actions
- Working with lightboxes
- Creating custom navigation
- Controlling audio through screens
- Building custom themes
- Inserting smart shapes
- Making elearning projects responsive
- Creating advanced quizzes
- Converting text to speech
- Being more productive in Captivate