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You can add slide notes and convert them into an audio file using the text-to-speech converter in Adobe Captivate. You can also convert slide notes to closed captioned text. Unlike slide notes, closed captioned text appears on the slide during runtime.
You can also use slide notes to communicate with users who do not have any audio equipment or are hearing impaired. Slide notes are also a good location for adding extra information about a slide, such as numerical details, supporting materials, or footnote text.
To generate audio for your slide notes, click the
Text-to-speech button. On the dialog, you can preview audio, manage speech agents, modify the slide notes, restructure the notes, and so on.
Choose the slide notes for which you want to generate the audio.
You can assign unique speech agents for respective notes.
Use slide notes as instructions for developers or as reminders for unfinished items. Notes are not displayed when the movie is played.
Slide notes are automatically imported when you import slides from Microsoft PowerPoint.
If you export your project to Microsoft Word to create handouts, you can choose to include slide notes in the document. This feature is useful when you want to add extra information for reviewers when you publish the project as a Microsoft Word document.
Install using the Adobe Captivate installation CD. Rerun the installation CD and do one of the following:
(Windows only) Click Install Text To Speech Voices in the autoplay options.
Run the .exe (Windows) or the .app (Mac) file in the Add-ons/NeoSpeech Text To Speech Voices folder on the installation CD.
Download the installer from one of the following appropriate locations:
Download text to speech converters of previous versions of Captivate from Text-to-speech locations.
You can convert text in the slide notes into an audio file using text-to-speech software from NeoSpeech™. The following voices from NeoSpeech are supported in Adobe Captivate:
You can install NeoSpeech using the Adobe Captivate installation CD or download it from the Adobe website. For detailed instructions on how to install NeoSpeech, see Install text to speech converters.
You can also use third-party voices or the voices installed with your operating system. See Using third-party voices for speech text.
When you use NeoSpeech voices, you can modify different aspects of the narration using the native NeoSpeech tags. See www.adobe.com/go/learn_neospeechtags_en to know how you can tweak the speed, pitch, and volume of NeoSpeech voices.
When you convert text to speech, the audio file is inserted into the corresponding slide. Multiple slide notes are merged into a single audio file and appear on the Timeline as a single object. You can also convert slide notes in the panel to closed captions in a single click.
The audio file pauses at locations where you have inserted commas or periods in the slide notes.
When you play the movie:
The slide notes are read aloud to the user.
The closed caption text on the slide is displayed to the user.
Select the check boxes in the closed captions column that correspond to the notes you want to convert to closed captions.
The closed captioning check boxes are dimmed if the slide does not contain audio. If a slide contains video closed captions, and then you add audio closed captions, the former takes precedence.
If a slide contains both audio and video closed captions, but audio captions do not clash with video captions, both are displayed.
To change the font, size, color, background, and alignment of the closed captions, click CC Settings .
You can style the appearance of the closed captions at a slide level or project level.
For example, if you apply RTF formatting on the original closed captions, it stays, then slide-level settings are applied, and lastly, project level settings are applied i.e. individual slide notes RTF formatting overrides slide level closed caption settings, which overrides project level cc settings.
If you want to reset the appearance of the closed captions to the project-level style settings, click Reset to Project.
You can also position the caption anywhere in the viewing area.
If you want to leave the choice of displaying the closed captions to the learners, click Project > Skin Editor, and click Closed Captioning.
The CC button appears in the playbar. While playing or previewing the project, click the CC button to hide or display the closed captions.
The CC button on playbar can show or hide the closed captions configured for the slide during runtime, even if the author has unchecked/checked the show closed captions respectively, in the CC Settings dialog.
Also, the closed captions panel does not appear during runtime, if the closed captions are not present during that play head position in the output. Clicking the CC button on playbar shows or hides the closed captions for entire duration of playing the published output.
You can add closed captioning to your existing breakpoint projects and preview the captions in different breakpoints.
In a responsive project, the text captions are scaled throughout the projects.
Select the video and click Edit Video Timing in the Property Inspector panel. Click the Closed Captioning tab.
Add the captions according to the video timings. Check the time stamps that correspond to a caption.
Format and rearrange the captions accordingly.
For more information on adding closed captions to your videos, refer the eLearning community blog on Adding CC to videos.
Ensure that these voices comply with your operating system’s speech APIs.
Install the voices on your computers using the installers provided by the vendors. The new installed voices get listed in the Speech Agent list of the Audio > Speech Management dialog box.
You can add speech text to multiple slides using the Speech Management dialog box. To add variety to the movie, you can choose different speech agents for different slides. For example, you can use a male voice and a female voice for alternate slides.
You can prevent closed captions from appearing when the movie is played. Clear the check boxes in the closed captions column corresponding to the notes in the Slide Notes panel.
To delete slide notes, click next to the arrow that corresponds to the slide notes and then click the ‘-’ icon.
This error can occur when you use Adobe Captivate on Windows Vista.
To fix this error, register the Adobe DLL.