You can insert video files of all popular formats to the slides in your project. After importing a pre-recorded video, you can decide the part of the video that must be played on each slide in sync with the contents.
You cannot add synchronized videos to locked slides, random slides, recording slide placeholder, quiz placeholder slides, slides with synchronized video, or slide video placeholder.
Insert synchronized videos
Progressive Download Video
Choose this option if the video is hosted on any internal server, web server, or Adobe Media Server (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.
If your Adobe Captivate project contains FLV/F4V files, ensure that the files contain metadata for the video player to function correctly. FLV/F4V 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.
You can insert the same video to another slide or a group of slides in the same project. When a synchronized video is imported into multiple slides, the association between the video and the slides (synchronized video group) is retained internally. Any edits that are made to the video timing are updated in all the slides of the synchronized video group.
While placing videos from Adobe Bridge, use the options in the Windows > Progress Indicator panel to insert the video into the slide on Stage or the library.
Adobe Captivate supports insertion of FLV/F4V files directly as synchronized videos. But to insert non-Flash video formats, you need Adobe Media Encoder (AME) to convert the files to FLV/F4V.
You cannot place non-FLV or non-F4V files from Adobe Bridge. However, you can drag-and-drop the files from Adobe Bridge to the slide on Stage in Adobe Captivate.
Edit video timing
Edit and preview: Use the edit tab to edit the timing and preview the synchronized video while editing. You can decide the part of video that must play in each slide. When you edit the timing, it applies only to that particular synchronized video group.
Play the preview, pause at the point where you want to adjust the video, and then adjust the marker (drag left or right). Zooming the timeline makes the editing of the video easier. To help you synchronize the slide and the video, the slide and video duration are displayed below the timeline.
When you move the marker, a mismatch can occur between the video and the slide duration (for the slide with the reduced video duration). You can synchronize the duration using the Timeline. Unused video portions outside the start and end markers can be assigned to adjacent slides (if any in the project). To do this, use and .
You can also preview the synchronized video from library and on stage (using the Edit Video Timing dialog box).On stage preview helps you decide the sequence of appearance of various objects as the video plays.
On stage, you can preview only the slides that contain the synchronized video.
Add a beginning slide and an end slide: For effective control over video distribution, you can, if necessary add slides before the first slide or after the last slide in your project. This is useful if unused video is present in the beginning or end. The synchronized video is distributed across these slides also.
To do this, use the ( and ).
Closed Captioning: If your video has audio content, use the Closed Captioning tab to enter captions for hearing-impaired users. The text is displayed along with the audio when the slide is played.
Synchronizing objects with video
Using the Timeline, play the video, pause it where you want the object to appear, and move the object to the playhead position or insert a new one.
When you play a slide, an error can occur occasionally at the beginning or the end of the video. The video starts or ends slightly earlier or after the intended time. This behavior does not exist when the entire project is played.
Changing the video proportion
Managing synchronized videos
the synchronized videos that you have inserted
the slide and slide groups to which they belong
the video type
URL of the hosted video file
the placement (if on TOC or stage)
Specify video type: The type of video that you insert. For the description of the video types, see the General section in Properties of video files.
Specify placement: If TOC or Stage. Depending on the placement, an icon appears at the lower-right corner of the slide on Filmstrip and on the Timeline:
if on TOC
if on stage
You might place the video on TOC in talking heads scenarios where the focus is on objects in the slide (such as text or a Flash video). Placing video on TOC, helps you avoid the distraction that playing a synchronized video on stage can cause and viewers losing focus.
When you have the synchronized video play on TOC, ensure that you select Show TOC (Project > Table of Contents) so that the TOC also is visible while you play the project.
Launch Edit Video timing dialog box: Click to edit video timing. For more information on editing the video timing, see Edit video timing.
Delete: Click to delete synchronized video.
Updating synchronized videos
You cannot associate additional audio to a synchronized video. Therefore, Adobe recommends that you use audio in file and not audio as object ensure proper synchronization.
Transition effects do not apply to synchronized videos that are used in the TOC.
Setting the size and position of synchronized videos
Click to apply the values to all the slides in the synchronized video group. Synchronized video group consists of slides into which you imported the synchronized video simultaneously.
Apply to all applies the size and position values only to the group of slides into which the synchronized video was imported. These values do not apply to other instances of the video in the project (other synchronized video groups).
Best practices to use synchronized videos effectively
Use synchronized videos when you want the video to play in synchronisation with the slide contents. For other purposes, use the FLV file or F4V object, where user gets to control the video (for example, play or pause the video).
Ensure that the videos have sufficient keyframes. The recommended keyframe interval is at least one keyframe in every 2 secs.
You can use Adobe Media Encoder (AME) to increase the keyframe interval if necessary. For a 30-fps video, configure the keyframe-distance to be 60 (frames) in AME (or any other tool of your preference).
Ensure that the videos have optimal bit-rates so that viewers’ experience is good. Else, many ‘loading...’ messages are displayed to the users.
Decide the bit-rates based on the server’s as well as your target users’ bandwidth. For information on calculating bit-rates, see the article at www.adobe.com/devnet/flash/apps/flv_bitrate_calculator .
Import video from your local machine rather than from a shared network location. Large videos imported directly from network locations cause excessive delays and occasional system instability.
Ensure that the minimum duration for a portion of video on a slide (per synchronized video) is 3 seconds. This duration is necessary to ensure that at least a couple of keyframes are assigned per slide.
Ensure that the maximum duration of a synchronized video is 999 seconds (maximum slide duration). If the video is longer than this duration, distribute it among multiple slides. Videos longer than 999 seconds can cause system instability.
Ensure that the video object dimension is the same as that of the original video for optimal quality.
Do not change the aspect ratio of the video even if you cannot maintain equal dimensions for the video object and original video. Otherwise, the video loses quality.
Keep the dimensions of a video that you want to include in the TOC as: Height 144 and Width 196.
By default, the published SWF files with synchronized videos are optimized for progressive downloads of videos. You can host the publish folder with the SWF file on a web server without changing any settings.
To host the videos on a server other than the one on which the SWF file exists (for example, a video server) or if you want to use streaming or Flash Video Streaming Service (FVSS):
Upload the videos to the server.
In the Video Management dialog box (Video > Video Management), specify the path of the video on the server.