December 9, 2013

Getting Started with Adobe Presenter: Editing Videos

Guest post by Kevin Siegel, Founder and President, IconLogic, Inc.

During my last post I wrote about how you can import videos into an Adobe Presenter project. But what if, after inserting a video and Previewing, you discover that there is unwanted content at the beginning or end of the video? You’ll be happy to learn that Presenter offers a wonderfully simplistic way to edit inserted videos (without having to leave Presenter and start a third-party video editing tool).

On the Adobe Presenter tab, Insert group, click the Video drop-down menu and choose Edit.

1_EditVideo

The Edit Video dialog box opens and the Flash Video plays automatically (and continuously). As the video plays, you will see a black, upside down triangle tracking across the playbar. The triangle marks time along the playbar.

2_Marker

To delete a segment of the video, click the Pause button.  At the far right of the playbar, locate the gray marker that’s just to the left of the Trash icon and then drag the marker left. Anything to the right of the marker will be hidden and will not appear when your preview or publish the presentation.

2_TimelineMarker

Click the OK button to close the Edit Video dialog box and then Preview the presentation to see your edits. Keep in mind that you have not cropped or changed the video in any way. You have simply hidden part of the video from the learner. If you change your mind about your edits, all you would need to do is re-open the Edit Video dialog box and drag the marker back to its original position.

Note: In the example above, I hid video content at the end of my video. Alternatively, you can hide content at the beginning of a video by dragging the marker at the far left toward the right. It’s also worth noting that the Trashcan icon isn’t used to edit the video. If you click the Trashcan icon (like I did the first time I went to edit slide video), you’ll actually delete the video from the slide. Ouch!

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Kevin Siegel is the founder and president of IconLogic. Following a career in Public Affairs with the US Coast Guard and private industry, Kevin has spent more than two decades as a trainer and has written hundreds of computer training books for adult learners including international best sellers on Adobe Captivate and Adobe RoboHelp. He has been recognized by Adobe as one of the top trainers world-wide. Kevin is currently hard at work on his latest book: “Adobe Presenter 9: The Essentials.”

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