Posts tagged "“Video screen capture”"

March 1, 2012

Training: Simulations made easy with Adobe Captivate 5.5 – Basics and best practices

Join Vish and Dr. Pooja Jaisingh with Leslie Bivens to learn the basics of Capture in Adobe Captivate 5.5. We will also discuss the best practices while creating and modifying the simulations in Adobe Captivate.

What’s in it for you?

After attending the session, you will be able to:

  1. Understand the suitable settings to be done before capturing
  2. Capture any application/screen area as Automatic or Full Motion Recording
  3. Understand the best practices while editing the captured project
  4. Resize the project for various requirements


Posted by Vish4:14 PM Permalink
November 4, 2011

Demystifying Captivate–LMS integration

Learning Management Systems (LMS) help you administer, track monitor, and report users’ interactions with your courses. Adobe Captivate lets you create SCORM-and-AICC-compliant courses that you can deploy on various LMSs.

This blog post summarizes the steps involved in making your Captivate courses work with LMSs.

Step 1. Configure your Captivate projects for your LMS

 Here’s a video tutorial (3:25) that shows how to configure a project for the SCORM cloud LMS:

Continue reading…

Posted by Smitha8:06 PM Permalink
August 14, 2011

Power of Closed Captions for the Slide Videos

As we are aware, Closed Captions makes the content more interesting for the learners. Generally, they are associated with Audio in a Slide but what if we need the Closed Captions but with a Video? We have the perfect solution for that using Slide Video’s Closed Captions Feature. View the following demonstration to know what I’m talking about.

Let’s see how to achieve this using the Slide Video feature. Continue reading…

Posted by Vish2:58 PM Permalink
June 13, 2011

Captivate Hands-on Training: Introduction to Capture workflows using Adobe Captivate 5.5

Topic: Hands-on: Introduction to Capture workflows using Adobe Captivate 5.5

Description: Join Vish and Dr. Pooja Jaisingh for a hands-on session on capture workflows using Adobe Captivate 5.5.  In this session, you learn to create application recordings in demonstration mode, training mode and assessment mode — all in one go. You will also learn to enhance the recordings with additional objects in Adobe Captivate 5.5, to make the captured content more effective.

What’s in it for you? Continue reading…

Posted by poojajaisingh3:07 PM Permalink
May 28, 2011

My Favorite Adobe Captivate 5.5 Features

Yesterday, we announced the launch of Adobe Captivate 5.5 and Adobe eLearning Suite 2.5. RJ Jaquez, published an insightful post on his blog describing the new features and the subscription model.

We’ll be publishing more posts and videos on the new features in the next few weeks. Till then, let me talk to you about my personal favorite features of Adobe Captivate 5.5.

The first one in the list is Continue reading…

Posted by poojajaisingh11:46 PM Permalink
April 21, 2011

eSeminar now on demand: Rapid Animation Generation for Avatar Personalization in Adobe Captivate 5 Projects

Admittedly bizarre but tons of fun, this week’s eSeminar focused on saving money and still getting high quality images and animations for your eLearning modules by leveraging free animation software to create animations and even stage complex simulations. In a test of my rapidly aging laptop I held the Continue reading…

Posted by Allen Partridge6:18 PM Permalink
August 31, 2010

Video Delivery Types in Captivate

One of the most important factors to think about while using Videos in learning courses is how the video will be delivered to the learner. There are multiple delivery modes. I will try to elaborate how to decide which delivery mode to use and the configuration for those.

Captivate supports the following types of Video Delivery : Progressive download, RTMP Streaming, Flash Video Streaming Service (FVSS).

This below table shows some key differences between these delivery types. More details are available here for a long read. This info should help you decide which delivery mode to use.

Progressive Download

RTMP Streaming


Video Hosting

(has an impact on cost)

Can be hosted on any Web Server or Flash Media Server (FMS)

Hosting only on FMS

Hosting provided by Adobe partners

Protocols used

(can have impact on firewalls)




Now we come to enabling these in Captivate. As you know, Captivate has two different video features : Slide Video and FLV Object (details here). In both these video features, you can configure any of the above delivery modes.

Default delivery mode :

By default, both video features are configured to use Progressive download. All you need do is upload the publish folder to the web server of your choice and it should just work. This makes it the easiest and most economical (as you can use your existing web server) delivery mode.

Custom Configurations :

More configurations (URL / Delivery type change etc)  can be done after the initial import :

  1. For Slide Video, the settings can be changed from Menu: Video > Video Management…
  2. For FLV Object, this is available in the property inspector, once you select the object.

Alternate Web server for Video :

Sometimes you need to host video on an alternate web server (other than the one which is hosting your SWF). This is mainly for load sharing. You can do it this way:

  1. Upload the flv / f4v  files to your alternate web server. Note the URL for accessing the video, say http://<server>/<dir>/<videoname.flv
  2. Use this URL in the settings (as detailed above)
  3. Re publish the project and view the SWF either locally or from your server. Now the video is delivered from your alternate server.

NOTE: Once you do this, you no more need to keep the video in the publish folder (in case you need to save some space)

Streaming & FVSS:

If you want your videos to start fast, be more smoother etc, then you need to go for Streaming or FVSS, both of which requires the video to be hosted on FMS. You can do it this way:

  1. Upload the flv / f4v  files to FMS / FVSS-provider. Note the URL for accessing the video, say rtmp://<server>/vod/<video>
  2. Use this URL in the settings (as detailed above). Change the delivery type accordingly.
  3. Re publish the project and view the SWF either locally or from your server. Now the video is delivered from FMS.
Posted by Sony Kadavan5:03 PM Permalink
August 17, 2010

Connection Error in Slide Video

There has been some threads in user forum about the connection error which learners get in Slide Video. I got a chance to closely analyze many of these specific issues and in all the cases it turned out to be server configuration problems.

Some background Info: When you insert video into Captivate as Slide Video, it by default is configured to be progressive download. All you need to do is publish the project and upload the entire publish folder to the server – Some cases just a web server (IIS, Apache etc) and other cases to an LMS. In both these cases, slide video is supposed to work well – you should not be seeing a “connection error” message.

You don’t need to do any more specific changes in your captivate project to get Slide Video working. However some users were continually getting this “connection error”. All these has been due to server (web server or LMS) configuration issues. These things help you correct this:

  1. Make sure your server allows hosting and downloading FLV / F4V files. Here we see some specific setting required for Win 2003 server (though this has nothing to do with Captivate).
  2. You can verify whether your server setting is OK by using any FLV player like this. The URL will be http://<your_server>/<your_publish_folder>/<yourflv>.flv. This way you can test whether the server can serve FLV files at least outside captivate SWF.
  3. You can freely check whether your SCORM package is correctly working with video on (here). If this works then it is time you talk to your LMS vendor.
  4. Lastly you need to talk to your LMS / Server vendor regarding video hosting. I have specifically seen situations where the LMS vendor has to change configuration to allow video.
Posted by Sony Kadavan11:01 AM Permalink
July 7, 2009

Collaborative authoring using Captivate and PowerPoint

A lot of legacy learning content is in PowerPoint format and it is natural that e-learning course authors want to leverage or re-use this content. The earlier versions of Captivate allowed users to import their PowerPoint content into their Captivate projects. Now Captivate 4 goes much further- Cp4 now supports full round-tripping with the PowerPoint content.
It supports collaborative authoring with the SME’s who use PowerPoint. Detailed below are some key aspects of this powerful feature:

– You can import PowerPoint slides to Captivate, and then enhance these slides by adding audio, animations, video or other Captivate objects to each of the slides. In the meantime your co-author can keep editing the slides using MS PowerPoint. You can synch your Captivate project with the latest version of the PowerPoint slide deck using the ‘update’ feature (Window > Library and select the presentation, right-clik and do “update”) . The Captivate objects which you added earlier on-top of the initial version of the PowerPoint slides remain intact (while Captivate updates to the changes your co-author made using PowerPoint). The workflow becomes even more powerful if you keep this PowerPoint file in a shared location, eliminating the need of sending back the file to Captivate user.

– Note that this feature works for both .ppt and .pptx files. This is being clarified here as I saw many articles describing this as possible only in PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) files. .ppt and .pptx are handled in the same manner in Captivate 4.

– These posts give some more insight into the feature: PowerPoint Linked vs Embedded Import, Best practices for handling PowerPoint audio in Captivate, Correct dimensions for Power Point Import, PowerPoint On-Click Animations

– Captivate help is also a good resource for the feature.

– This tutorial gives a lot of details.

Posted by Sony Kadavan10:18 AM Permalink
April 27, 2009

VTML tags in Text to Speech !

VTML (VoiceText Markup Language) – This Powerful hidden gem in Text to Speech helps you control the generated speech by adding pause, changing the pitch etc !

This post on customizing text to speech Pronunciations received many comments requesting a way to control the generated speech with html like tags.

The interesting thing is that this feature is already there in Captivate 4 ! Even more interesting is the fact that it is so simple to use. All you need to do is insert the appropriate tags into the slide notes. You can type in (or copy paste) the tags just like you do any other text.

Just before making this post, I quickly tried few of them:
1. Hello I am here <vtml_pause time=”1000″/> for a break: Introduces a pause of 1 sec in between.
2. <vtml_speed value=”50″> This is my text </vtml_speed>: Helps you control the speed of the text

There are many more similar useful tags. The VTML tags are listed in the Appendix C of the document here. It has a examples as well on the usage.

Posted by Sony Kadavan2:10 PM Permalink
March 19, 2009

PowerPoint Linked vs Embedded Import


Captivate 4 supports editing Powerpoint presentations once imported into Captivate. Captivate achieves this by maintaining the original powerpoint presentation within the Captivate project. Whenever you need to edit, this original presentation is edited and then the new powerpoint slides are used to replace the existing backgrounds in Captivate.  Captivate maintains this original presentation in two possible ways:

Embedded – User’s original presentation is copied into the captivate project (and visible in the library).

This increases the project size, but you no longer have to bother about any outside files when sending the project to someone. Note that, from here on, when you edit the slides from Captivate, it is Captivate’s copy being edited (not your original PowerPoint copy on the disk). If by any chance you need the edited PowerPoint version from Captivate, you can export the same from library

Linked – Here, Captivate just maintains the path to the original (See the 1kb size in library). Whenever you edit from Captivate, the original is also changed.  Unless you have a need to send your Captivate project to someone, this is the recommended mode (as project size is under control).

But this opens another possibility – you can edit the presentation outside captivate using Powerpoint. Here again, Captivate allows you to get the changes into your captivate project – Choose Update from the library – Yes, you need to explicitly tell Captivate to Update (we don’t do it automatically).

Captivate also allows you to change between these embedded and linked modes from the library – Change to embedded and Change to linked options are available.

Posted by Sony Kadavan10:31 AM Permalink

PowerPoint On-Click Animations


On-Click animations can be added in Powerpoint – animations start when users click the mouse. These clicks were totally ignored in Captivate 3 – The animation used to start automatically and the click part was ignored. Now, Captivate 4 honours these on-click behaviour. Movies pause for user click when it encounters the on-click animations.

In this context, I noticed some confusion faced by users (reported on user forum). When importing PowerPoint presentations, there is an “Advance Slide” option – Automatically or on mouse click. This option is a way to tell Captivate how to proceed on completion of one powerpoint slide.The behaviour remains same as in Captivate 3 – Advance Slide "Automatically" tells Captivate to proceed to next slide without waiting for the user click, while the other one waits for  the user click.

Many users thought, once you select “Automatically”, it even disables the on-click behaviour of the click animations. I would like to clarify here that this option is *not* related to the above on-click animation support and neither of the options affect the click behavior of the animations. If you have on-click animations in powerpoint, they are always honoured by Captivate. The only way to get them out is to remove from PowerPoint. Since We allow editing Powerpoint slides from within Captivate, you can easily do it.

Posted by Sony Kadavan10:10 AM Permalink
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