Properties of event videos

Set the properties for event videos using its Property Inspector (Window > Properties).

Video object

Name

Enter a unique name for the object. You can use this name when defining the visibility conditions for the object.

Visible

Deselect this option if you want the object to be invisible on the slide. The object can be made visible using the Show option. For more information, see Controlling the visibility of objects.

Accessibility

Click to add accessible text to the object. For details, see Customize accessibility text for objects

General

Video Type

The type of video that you want to insert:

Progressive Download Video

Choose this option if the video is hosted on any internal server, web server, or Adobe Media Server (AMS).

Streaming Video

Choose this option if you want to use RTMP streaming. The video must be hosted on AMS.

Flash Video Streaming Service

Choose this option if the video is hosted on AMS or any other web server and the service provider is one of the Adobe partners. With this option, you can use either RTMP or HTTP streaming.

Note:

If your Adobe Captivate project contains video files, ensure that the files contain metadata for the video player to function correctly. Video files created with Flash Communication Server 1.5.2, FLV Exporter version 1.2, and Sorenson Squeeze® 4.0 automatically contain metadata. Sorenson Squeeze 4.0 is included with the Flash Video Kit. If you import an FLV file that does not have any metadata, the file will not play correctly in your project.

File Link (appears only when the selected video type is Progressive Download Video)

The absolute or relative path to the video file.

Browse (appears only when the selected video type is Progressive Download Video)

Click to navigate to the video file.

Server URI (appears only when the selected video type is Streaming Video)

The server name, application name, and instance name.

Stream Name (appears only when the selected video type is Streaming Video)

The stream name.

URL (appears only when the selected video type is Flash Video Streaming Services)

The direct file link provided by your Flash Video Streaming Service.

Detect Size

Displays the existing size of the inserted video.

Live Video Feed (appears only when the selected video type is Streaming Video)

Select this option to insert a live video feed.

Auto Play

The video begins playing automatically as soon as it appears on the slide.

Auto Rewind

The video automatically rewinds to the start position after it completes playing.

Buffer Time (appears only when the selected video type is Streaming Video or Flash Video Streaming Service)

Enter the amount (time) of video that must be loaded before the video plays in the Adobe Captivate project. (The length of actual time it takes to stream video varies depending on the user’s bandwidth.)

Skin

The skin (playbar) for the inserted video. A preview of the skin you select appears directly below the Skin menu.

Shadow and reflection

Shadow

Select the check box to apply shadow to the video. Choose one of the presets. You can customize a preset by clicking Custom.

Direction

Select the direction: inner or outer. The preview of the selected direction is displayed on stage.

Color

click to select a color for the shadow. Specify the alpha for the color, in percentage, in the adjacent field.

Blur

Specify a value, in pixels, for the blur of the shadow.

Angle

Specify the angle for the shadow.

Distance

specify the distance, in pixels, at which the shadow must be displayed.

Reflection

Select the check box to add reflection to the video. Choose one of the presets.

Timing

Display For

Specifies the time for which the video file is displayed on the slide.

Specific Time

Play the video file for a specified time interval.

Rest Of Slide

Play the video file for the duration of the slide.

Rest Of Project

Play the video file for the duration of the project.

Duration Of File

Play the video file until its completion.

Appear After

The time after which the video file appears on the slide after it starts playing.

Loop (option disabled if you selected Rest Of Slide or Duration Of Video from the Display For menu)

Select this option if you want the video to play continuously.

Pause Slide Till End Of Video (option enabled only if you selected Rest Of Slide from the Display For menu)

Select this option to pause the slide that contains the video until the video has finished playing. This option is enabled only when you select Rest Of Slide in the Display For menu.

Transition

Effect

Specify a transition effect for the video file. You can make the video file fade in during its entry, and fade out during its exit.

In [#] Seconds

Specifies the amount of time for the video file to fully fade into view.

Out [#] Seconds

Specifies the amount of time for the video file to completely disappear from view.

Add a video file

Note:

Only FLV/F4V files with metadata play in Adobe Captivate projects. If the inserted file does not have metadata, use third-party software like FLVMDI to add metadata to the file.

  1. In an open project, select Video > Insert Video > Event Video.

  2. In the Insert Video dialog box, specify the location of the video file and then click OK.

(Cp 7) In HTML5 output files, the event videos are displayed with a playbar.

Change video quality

In general, color is rendered correctly in Adobe Captivate projects. However, sometimes colors are rendered inaccurately, such as when the color scheme varies radically between slides.

You can fix most of these problems by changing the video quality of the slide. Adobe Captivate provides four levels of video quality, even though only the Low option is suggested for most uses.

  1. In an open project, select the slide containing the colors you want to correct.

  2. In the Property Inspector (Window > Properties), choose one of the following video options:

    Low

    The default format for slides. Low is the most efficient choice for most screenshots because it uses 256 optimized colors.

    Optimized

    This option gives you the highest JPEG quality possible.

    JPEG

    This option is best used when the slide contains a photograph. You can change the quality of JPEG images on the Project Preferences dialog box.

    High

    Compared to the Low format of 256 colors, this format uses 16 million colors for the slides. Use this option only if the Standard and Optimized options do not offer the correct color depth. This option increases file size substantially.

Note:

Selecting the JPEG, High Quality, or Optimized format may increase the file size and the time it takes to download your project. Use a format other than Standard only when necessary and appropriate.

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