Join David Rivers for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding video, part of Up and Running with Lectora Inspire.
Similar to adding audio to one of your pages in Lectora Title, adding video can create some visual interest, interactivity, and help hold the interest and focus of your viewers. So we're going to look at different ways that we can add video. To our titles. We're still working with our new higher orientation project, but we're going to go to a different section, we're going to go to the marketing section here of the orientation training chapter, and click the video PSA page. If you're skipping to this movie open up KE_Orientation05_05 Five and you'll have what I have.
A title, a placeholder for our video, even some text down below indicating we should click to play the video. Let's keep that in mind after we place our video in the placeholder. All right. To add video we have to make sure the insert tab is selected first, on the ribbon, and then check it out here in the add media section of the ribbon. We have a video button. And this will allow us to find a video file to add, but there are other options. By clicking the video drop-down arrow just below the button, notice that we could also store away video in our library so we can easily access it when we need it again.
There's streaming video. There is also a new video recording that allows you to record your own video, which is similar to the last option New Screen that Recording and a New Screen Recording will use Camtesia, a version specific to Lectora that is included with Lectora Inspire and we can do a whole course on Camtesia. It's very powerful and robust. So, we're simply going to insert a video file to begin with. Let's go up to video file here. There's a keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Alt+1.
Now it's just a matter of navigating to the appropriate folder. We're going to go to our exercise files, in the chapter 5 folder. And, here you're going to see one call KinetEco_PSA. It's an MPEG 4 and if we click the drop down for files of type you can see that there are a number of different video file types that we can import into our title. AVI's, MOV's, there's the MPEG options, there's windows media video as well in there, even flash video. So it really doesn't matter what's selected here with all supported video files we see anything that we have in this chapter including, our KinectEco_PSA.mpeg.
So we'll select it, and we'll click open. Now this is going to add it to the page and like any other object we can do things like move it around. So we want to place it on top of this rectangle. We can go down to the bottom right corner now. When we see the double diagonal arrow, stretch it out so it's centered within our little frame. And keep in mind that, where it appears here in our title explorer is very important. Right now, it appears to be on top of the rectangle. But if we look down below, here on our video PSA page, it's actually behind it.
So we need to click and drag it, so it's at least past the rectangle. I like to go right down to the very bottom, so I know it's right on top of everything else. All right. Now we can click anywhere on the page itself to see the end result. Everything's deselected. Notice that it comes with controls at the bottom for adjusting volume. There's the play button. We keep track here with a progress bar. There's even a button down here that allows us to maximize it to the full-screen if we'd prefer to watch the video that way. And if we want to test this out we actually have to preview so before we do that let's just go up to the properties here we'll select it first now your going to see video properties position and size we already have it positioned and sized the way we want let's go to the properties tab here and give it a click.
Just like we saw with audio, there are certain things that we can do with the controller. The controller appears across the bottom, let's give it a click. And one of the options that we could do is choose no controller at all, and that way some other type of action will need to be created that allows people to click to start the video just like the instructions show at the bottom of our page. We could also choose from different controllers, you could see there's quite a few to choose from, if you don't like any of them, you can actually go to a custom skin and create your own look and feel.
So, we'll leave it as the default for now, but later on, we're going to be talking about setting up buttons and actions, and one of the things we might want to do is have no controller, And create an invisible button that appears over top the video that people can click to start the video. So let's just click over here on the video itself to close up that menu. And look at some other options here in the playback options section of the ribbon. One thing is auto-start. As soon as this appears onscreen, we could have the video start playing.
And if this particular page shows up for any length of time longer than the video, we could have it loop. We can also have a rollover, so when you move over it, certain information might appear. Let's go to auto start and turn that on, so as people arrive at this page, the video will begin to play. They don't need to click anything. And in that case, we could take out these instructions at the bottom that say click to play video. So because that's there, I'm going to turn off the auto start. But I do want it to loop so if they want to see it again, it'll automatically start at the beginning once it reaches the end if they haven't moved on to the next page in this title.
Right. Those are some of the options. Now we just click in the background of the page, and we have our video. Let's check it out by going down to the preview. When we click the preview mode button or press F11 on the keyboard, we can now click play button here. On the controller and later on once we set up some actions and buttons we could use those as well but for now let's click play it'll turn into a pause button you can adjust the volume as well let's go ahead. So, there you go. We have play, pause, volume.
We also have this little button that allows us to view the video in full screen mode. I like that. And pressing escape takes us back to the original size. We could continue playing it from here, but let's press escape to exit preview mode and return to the page. That's a quick intro to adding video to your title here in Lectora.
- Setting up a title
- Adding structure with chapters and sections
- Formatting text
- Using images, audio, and video
- Creating a new page layout
- Adding page transitions
- Working with actions: playing media, adding buttons, and more
- Adding test questions
- Publishing your Lectora title