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How to create screencasts using Adobe Captivate

How to create screencasts using Adobe Captivate

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    • Create your Screencast in a Flash Adobe Captivate Edward Metz Systems Librarian USACGSC Fort Leavenworth KS [email_address]
    • What is Adobe Captivate?
      • A tool for creating screencasts or “movies” on your computer with a narrator explaining what is happening as the action unfolds.
      • Uses: e-learning, tech training, simple how-to presentations
    • Overview
      • Record your interaction with a computer application such as a database in a web browser.
      • Insert additional screens as necessary with images or graphics
      • Add captions, call-outs, audio and other effects as needed
      • Run the result as a seamless “video”
    • Show me – Demo type video
      • CARL Tutorials
        • http://cgsc.leavenworth.army.mil/carl/tutorials/index.asp
      • Show times
        • http://tweaket.com/LibraryStuff/Screencasting/ShowtimesCaptivate_demo.swf
    • Show me – Interactive type video
      • Interactive
        • How to use Refworks
    • Adobe Captivate Features
      • You can integrate sound, video clips and visual effects
      • Easily insert PPT slides and images
      • Record all the screen motions including mouse movements and clicks
      • Add audio commentary
      • Easy to update
    • Adobe Captivate Features
      • Output options include MS word handouts, Shockwave file (.swf) with HTML
      • Start, stop and pause controls on the “skin”
      • Can create interactive options, rollovers, buttons and even quizzes.
    • Adobe Captivate - Challenges
      • Costs about $699
      • Need a Windows PC with min. 1GB Ram, 1GHz Processor
      • Users need to have a web browser with Flash Player installed
      • Learning curve
        • Not difficult and fairly intuitive but do need to learn something new.
        • Interactive screencasts require more planning and familiarity with advanced features
        • Does require some time to plan, record, edit and publish, upload to web
    • Preplanning Considerations
      • Keep it short. Bandwidth.
      • Screen size not to exceed 800x600 px
      • Avoid capturing browser bars and toolbars in your screen.
      • Prior to recording screenshots close your Outlook or other email programs.. (pesky email alerts).
      • Inserting images? Make them web-ready first.
      • Think ahead to future updates. Keep your files together.
    • The Process – what topic
      • Topic idea. (Ask yourself exactly what info you want to impart).
        • Show how to use a tool or just a particular feature?
        • Who’s your audience? How tech savvy are they?
        • Just demonstrate or do you want some interaction? Both?
        • Better to make several small screencasts than produce one long magnum opus.
    • The Process – Click path
      • Rehearse the click path several times
        • Sketch out the flow on paper. Strongly recommended if you plan on making it interactive or lengthy.
        • Makes you think about how you’re going to impart the desired info.
    • The Process – Screen recording
        • Select “record or create a new project”
        • At next screen select “custom size” option
          • Select the dropdown arrow to choose which application screen to record. (e.g. your browser window)
          • Set the screen size to 800x600 px. Hit the snap to fit button. Then adjust the red box to omit browser bar.
          • Choose the options tab to review recording option defaults
            • Go with Full motion recording
            • Choose whether to retain mouse and keyword click audio
            • Other Audio settings
              • Encoding Bitrate – FM quality 64 kbps
              • Encoding frequency – select 44 KHz
        • Select record and begin the screen captures along your planned click path.
    • The Process – Screen recording Click here
    • The Process – Screen recording
    • The Process – Screen recording Set screen Capture size Select application to record
    • The Process – Screen recording Red screen capture box 1. Fit to size 2. Select options button
    • The Process – Screen recording
    • The Process – Screen recording
    • The Process – Screen recording
    • The Process – Screen recording
      • Recording tips
        • Be economical in your clicks and mouse movements
        • Be wary of scrolling in your screen captures. Adds considerably to file size.
    • The Process – Screen Editing
      • Edit each screen. (Add bullets, highlighting, images, captions). Adjust the timeline as needed.
      • Insert additional screens such as an introduction screen and a closing screen. You can import a PPT slide or a Captivate question slide.
      • Let’s look at some examples of text captions, highlight boxes and insert a PPT slide.
    • The Process – Screen Editing
    • The Process – Screen Editing
      • Text Captions, highlight box and other insert options
    • The Process – Screen Editing Edit a text caption Edit a highlight box
    • The Process – Screen Editing Timeline
    • The Process – Audio recording
      • Prepare a script for each slide as needed. Add it to the audio recording notes screen. Have the recorder read thru all the audio content prior to recording.
      • Practice recording a short audio clip.
      • Record the audio.
      • Edit audio as needed and finalize your screen timings
    • The Process – Audio recording
      • Find someone with the “right” voice for recording.
      • Pause an instant at beginning of each audio segment before speaking to avoid cutting off first words.
      • Leave a second or two of silence at end of each audio segment.
      • Oh yeah…and the microphone. Just a simple $20 off-the-shelf audio microphone is adequate.
      • Microphone placement
      Tips
    • The Process – Audio recording
    • The Process – Audio recording
    • The Process – ADA Compliance
      • Closed captions – hearing impaired
    • The Process – ADA Compliance
      • Accessibility - Screen readers
    • The Process – ADA Compliance
    • The Process – ADA Compliance
      • Note: this is only available if you check the 508 compliance box in Project Preferences
    • The Process – ADA Compliance
      • 508 compliance for navigation
    • The Process – Verify Project Settings (Captivate 2.0)
      • Select Project – Preferences :
        • Start and End tab
          • Fade in on first slide
          • Project end options – Action - Select Open URL or file. Enter the url you’d like to open at conclusion of screencast
          • Fade out on last slide
      • Preferences Tab
        • Accept defaults – ensure 508 compliance box is checked
      • Add playback control skin to your project. Select Project – Skin
        • Modify the default settings as desired (color scheme, border, buttons etc)
      Note: with Adobe Captivate 3.0 select Edit – Preferences – Project Settings
    • The Process – Verify Project Settings (Captivate 2.0)
      • Preferences
    • The Process Adobe Captivate 3.0 Project settings
    • The Process – Project Skin
      • Skin settings
      Note: with Adobe Captivate 3.0 the Skins menu is still found under Project - Skin
    • The Process – Review and Publish
      • Ask another colleague to review
      • Publish and export HTML.
      • Export HTML – Creates an HTM file with the same name as the Captivate project. (.htm, .js and .swf file all should go inside same directory).
        • To run the movie, create a link to the HTM.
        • You can add further branding to the html file if desired
    • Publishing screenshot
      • Publishing screen
    • Let’s do a quick one
      • Search CARL’s Historic Military Documents Collection
        • Topic: Civil Affairs
    • Review
      • Topic idea
      • Rehearse the click path several times
      • Record – review recording settings
      • Edit - Add bullets, highlighting, images, captions, intro screen as needed. Tentatively verify the timing for each screen capture.
      • Record audio – prepare script in advance
      • Improve accessibility – ADA compliant
      • Check your Project settings – eg Start and End slide settings, Project Skin
      • Publish – create SWF and export HTML for posting on web
    • Get inventive and have fun
      • Infotainment
        • CARL Digital Library
        • http://www.comarmsblog.com/2007/06/carl-digital-library-flash-movie.html