I’m creating an intro video to my software course and need some advice

Hi There

Captivate, and elearning in general, is new to me so I am looking for all tips possible here!

I am doing an introductory video for an online course I am developing. This video includes some animations, done in Adobe Animate (as I explain what the software package can do) and then I move onto some screen capture clips whilst I give a brief description of each lesson topic.

So I have an animation, converted to a video clip, as well as the screen captures done in Captivate, also converted to movie clips.

All these clips are put together using Premiere Pro to make the full video, and I have added the audio file that accompanies the video.

So a few questions:

  • Is this the right way to do this kind of thing?
  • What are your processes to follow for the above type content.
  • What other methods could make a video of this type easier to compile?

Any tip here are helpful, so thanks in advance.

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Adobe Captivate – easy kick-off into video tutorials

Just started with Captivate 2019, I needed to do a video tutorial for a design software package, I had never done anything like it before. Within about 15 minutes I had screen recording up and running, corrected audio soon followed and there was my first video (audio is much trickier than I thought, plus hearing one’s own voice takes a bit of getting used to!).

I can’t wait to explore the other tools for my Graphic Design Fundamentals course I am putting together.

Takes my design as well as my lecturing to a new level and opens it up to a new audience!

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Ken Burns Effect on video in Captivate

Is it possible to create a Ken Burns type effect on a video in Captivate. Here’s what I’m trying to achieve. I am trying to create a software simulation where I can zoom into a section of the screen, pan to another section of the screen, zoom in a little further before finally zooming out. I can’t find a way of doing this as every time you add a pan & zoom effect in Captivate, it resets the screen back to full size before enacting the effect.

Also I want to stay zoomed in to a section across several slides whilst the learner interacts with objects and, depending on their button interaction, would branch them off to a different slide, but still with the same background (although the video that plays would be different, e.g. a different drop down menu item).

Again this is not apparently possible as the next slide would reset to full screen before enacting any zoom. Is this possible? I know it can be done on another e-Learning package or possibly by taking the video into Premiere, but then I would have other issues to contend with.

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Recording Android apps with Captivate – An Experiment

When I had first researched options for screen recordings on Android devices, all I could find were some rather clumsy tools to capture/record apps. More than 3 years later, I thought I take a second look and test the currently available options using my Samsung Galaxy S7 phone. For Samsung devices, their free SideSync tool seems to be the best option. This tool allows you to mirror the Android device’s screen to your PC desktop.

The tool provides options to either connect to the device via USB or Wi-Fi. The USB connection is supposed to be more responsive. In my test, I didn’t notice a significant difference between both options.

Once connected, you can easily record the mirrored device screen, using Captivate’s Video Demo recording option. Here is a sample recording:

Use the device as you normally would; tap on icons, scroll up/down, swipe, pinch to zoom, etc. All user actions are mirrored to the SideSync window which in turn is recorded in Captivate. Once the recording is complete, you can complete the ‘illusion’ by overlaying a bitmap of a phone with a transparent cutout for the screen.

I’m sure other Android device manufacturers offer tools similar to Samsung SideSync. Also, there is an app called Reflector, which allows you to mirror both iOS and Android device screens to your desktop.

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Cannot install Captivate 2019

I installed the Captivate 2019 exe file. In my Windows 10 settings I can see it under apps however, it is nowhere to be found?? I include 2 screenshots.

I installed the Captivate 2019 exe file. In my Windows 10 settings I can see it under apps however, it is nowhere to be found?? I include 2 screenshots.

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Software Simulation Too Large To Load To My LMS – I’m Interested In Help Editing

I’m still a newbie with Captivate and I’m at a lost when it comes to editing. I had one of our content experts record a “how to” software simulation of a software program that we use for our managers… and it’s too large to email the zip file or load it to our LMS.  Where should I look for help in getting this edited to load to my LMS?

I’m open to receiving any and all ideas and feedback.

Thanks folks,

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Adobe Captivate 2019 release

Fluid Boxes – Adobe is Listening!

When Fluid Boxes were launched in Captivate 2017 Release, I was pleased with this approach to responsive design. However, I felt like some aspects needed improvement. For me, the main thing was resizing of Fluid Boxes. Resizing Fluid Boxes was done by using the blue selection handles and dragging your mouse. Even using Rulers and Guides this was a difficult task of precisely setting up Fluid Boxes of an exact size. I’m pleased to report that with Captivate 2019 you can select the Fluid Boxes to resize them to a precise number of pixels or percentage by selecting the Fluid Box and navigating over to your Position panel. From there you can type in a percentage or pixel count, and you’re done. This is useful when you have a Fluid Box that serves the same purpose on many different slides in your project. For example, a Fluid Box dedicated to slide titles or navigation controls.

Another improvement that we’ve been asking for is the ability to correct for misaligned or improperly distributed objects within a fluid box, or for that matter wrongly distributed fluid boxes within a parent fluid box. Adobe has provided a simple button to distribute these object equally. This works well when I’ve resized something by accident.

I think my favourite improvement to fluid boxes in Captivate 2019 is the ability to align Static Fluid Boxes. Regular Fluid Boxes are great when your content is side by side. However, if you need your content to overlap, or require additional state objects, you need a Static Fluid Box. As we now know, Static Fluid Boxes have to maintain their aspect ratio. This means that as you shrink from one screen size to another, the content in a Static Fluid Box always shrinks with it. In Captivate 2017 the Static Fluid Box would always remain centered within the area for that Fluid Box. It wasn’t always what I had in mind with my design. Fortunately, with Captivate 2019 you can now choose a custom alignment for Static fluid boxes. You can align the Static Fluid Box any number of ways both horizontally and vertically.

This next improvement isn’t an improvement to fluid boxes, but I sure could have used it earlier this year when designing a series of modules for a client whose target device was iPads. This organisation doesn’t use computers, but each location has several iPads for a variety of purposes including training. No problem for me because I have an iPad. There was just one problem. Every time I wanted to test a version of one of the modules, I needed to publish it for HTML5, upload the published course to my web server, email myself the URL so I could pick it up on my iPad and then launch the course. With all the iterations of each module and a total of about two dozen modules, this was time-consuming. Thankfully now I will have access to Live Preview on Devices, a new preview method in Captivate 2019 that displays a QR code on your computer screen. With a mobile device on the same Wi-Fi network as your computer, you point your camera at your screen, and the course magically launches on your device.

I know that some eLearning designer-developers downplay the importance of responsive design, but look around at some of the remote workers and see what equipment they are using. In the early 2000s when the price of laptops came down, we started seeing remote workers using laptops. For example, you might see appliance repair persons, telecom installers and various others using laptops for managing what was traditionally done with pen, paper and clipboards. I’ve been observing these workers using a variety of different tablets and in some cases even larger smartphones. I’ve also seen a restaurant using tablets for the servers to take guest orders. This tells me that responsive design will be the way we all design some day. I predict that if in 5 years time if you’re not designing responsive elearning, you will not have a competitive edge. When you look at the improvements to fluid boxes in Captivate 2019, it is clear that Adobe is preparing for that eventuality.

New Features for Experiential Learning

As you start to work with the new features in Adobe Captivate 2019, you start to see a theme with many of the features. For me, that theme is experiential learning. Of course, some of you would argue that you cannot have experiential eLearning. eLearning isn’t close enough to real life. While we may not be able to immerse learners entirely in reality, this version of Captivate takes a few big steps toward that direction.

For a few years, I’ve been listening to other Captivate developers talk about virtual reality and the dream to design 3D eLearning. That dream is now a reality with Captivate 2019. You can now create a virtual reality eLearning project that learners can view on their computer screen, mobile device and even using a VR headset. Learners can turn in all directions and view whatever environment you wish to display to them. You can make it truly interactive by adding hotspots to perform a variety of different actions. You can play additional audio, display additional images, show the learner a text passage and much more. I’m very interested in seeing how other developers use this feature. If eLearning was a video game, we’ve just gone from Donkey Kong to World of Warcraft.

VR is cool, and everything but I predict that the breakthrough feature of Adobe Captivate 2019 will be the new Interactive Video feature. An interactive video gives you the ability to design video-based learning interactions for your learners that are truly engaging and immersive.  You can insert bookmarks on the video timeline and jump to those bookmarks from anywhere in your eLearning project. You can also add overlay slides that will hover over the paused video for learners to gain additional information. You can also add question slides as overlays. You can have the outcome of the question determine where you navigate your learners to depending on how they answer. So for example, if the learner gets a question wrong you can navigate to a portion of the video where the video instructor provides remediation to the learner, or alternatively offer praise to the learner for getting the answer correct.

I’m really excited to not only see what other developers will use these features for, but I’m excited to start telling my clients about what we can now do in eLearning that we couldn’t do today. I’d love to hear what your ideas are. Feel free to put your own suggestions in the comments below and please share this article with your fellow eLearning designer-developers.

Virtual Reality Projects

In this video tutorial, I show you the new Virtual Reality Projects in Adobe Captivate 2019.

Interactive Video

In this video tutorial, I show you what I predict will be the standout feature of Adobe Captivate 2019, Interactive Video. I will show you how to add overlay slides to your videos, and interactive items like knowledge check questions. In addition, you will be able to easily add really cool remediation to your interactive videos.

YouTube Streaming

In this video tutorial, I will show you the changes in the Insert Video window in Captivate 2019. You will also learn about the new way to insert YouTube videos into your eLearning project and how to make YouTube videos interactive.

Live Preview on Devices

Before Captivate 2019, if I wanted to preview my designs on a mobile device, I had to publish the whole project, upload it to my web server, email myself a hyperlink and then launch the course from my mobile device. In this video tutorial, I show you how easy it is to do the same thing just by using a simple QR Code reader in iOS or Android devices. No web server required.

Webcam Video Demo

In this video tutorial, I show you how you can record and insert clips from your webcam into your video demo tutorials recorded in Adobe Captivate 2018 Release.

Enhanced Fluid Boxes

In this video tutorial, I show you how fluid boxes have been enhanced and improved in Adobe Captivate 2019 Release

CSV Import for Questions

In this video tutorial, I’ll show you how easy it is to import a variety of question types into your Adobe Captivate project using CSV files that you can edit or create using spreadsheet software such as Microsoft Excel or Apple Numbers.

PowerPoint in Responsive Projects

In this video tutorial, I show you the new ability to import PowerPoint slides into your Adobe Captivate 2019 responsive design project. I probably won’t use this feature, but I see the value in having this feature available to new Captivate users.

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