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Work with event videos in Adobe Captivate Classic

  1. Captivate Classic User Guide
  2. Introduction to Captivate
    1. What's New in Adobe Captivate
    2. Adobe Captivate System Requirements
    3. Responsive Project Design with Adobe Captivate
  3. Captivate Classic Release Notes
    1.  Adobe Captivate Classic 11.8.3 Release Notes
    2. Adobe Captivate Classic 11.8.2 Release Notes
    3. Adobe Captivate 11.8.1 Release Notes
    4. Adobe Captivate 11.8 Release Notes
    5. What's New in Adobe Captivate (2019 release) Update 5
    6. What's New in Adobe Captivate (2019 release) Update 2
    7. Adobe Captivate Release Notes
  4. Create Projects
    1. Create different types of projects in Adobe Captivate
    2. Customize the size of an Adobe Captivate project
    3. Responsive Project Design with Adobe Captivate
    4. Create Virtual Reality (VR) projects
    5. Work with responsive text in Adobe Captivate
    6. Work with themes in Adobe Captivate
    7. How to apply view specific properties in responsive projects
    8. How to create backup files for Adobe Captivate projects
    9. Asset panel
    10. Create branching and forced navigation in Captivate
    11. Replace image on the stage
  5. Add and Manage Objects
    1. Work with multi-state objects in Adobe Captivate
    2. Object effects
    3. Insert web objects in Adobe Captivate projects
    4. Work with object styles in Adobe Captivate
    5. How to rotate objects in Adobe Captivate
    6. How to manage objects with the Main Options toolbar
    7. How to merge objects in a slide
    8. How to manage objects in the library
    9. How to group objects in Adobe Captivate
    10. Edit object information using the Advanced Interaction panel
    11. How to copy, paste, and duplicate objects in Adobe Captivate
    12. Control the visibility of objects
    13. How to change the display order of objects in Adobe Captivate
    14. Apply shadows to objects
    15. How to align objects in Adobe Captivate
    16. How to add reflection to objects in Adobe Captivate
    17. Import assets into a Captivate project
  6. Slides
    1. Add slides to an Adobe Captivate project
    2. Editing slides in an Adobe Captivate project
    3. Delete Adobe Captivate project slides
    4. Change slide order in Adobe Captivate
    5. Set slide properties in Adobe Captivate
    6. Add and convert slide notes to audio files with Adobe Captivate
    7. Set up knowledge check slides in Adobe Captivate
    8. How to add slide transitions in Adobe Captivate
    9. How to work with master slides in Adobe Captivate
    10. How to lock Adobe Captivate slides
    11. How to hide or exclude slides in an Adobe Captivate project
    12. How to group and ungroup slides in Adobe Captivate
  7. Timeline and grids
    1. Use rulers and guides
    2. Work with grids in Adobe Captivate
    3. Work with the timeline
    4. Shortcut keys in Adobe Captivate
    5. Working with the filmstrip
    6. How to customize the Adobe Captivate workspace
    7. How to use the Adobe Captivate Library
    8. How to use the Branching panel in Adobe Captivate
  8. Create Quizzes
    1. Insert question slides in Adobe Captivate projects
    2. Set quiz preferences for Adobe Captivate
    3. How to enable learners to submit all quiz responses simultaneously
    4. How to set up question slides with Adobe Captivate
    5. Using random question slides in Adobe Captivate
    6. How to allow users to return to quiz
    7. Import questions from CSV format files
    8. Import questions from GIFT format files
    9. How to insert pretests in Adobe Captivate
  9. Audio
    1. How to insert audio into an Adobe Captivate project
    2. How to preview audio in Adobe Captivate
    3. How to edit audio files with Adobe Captivate
    4. View audio details in Adobe Captivate
    5. Set audio recording preferences and recording audio
    6. How to export audio from Adobe Captivate
  10. Video
    1. Slide videos
    2. Work with event videos in Adobe Captivate
    3. Differences between events and synchronized videos in Adobe Captivate
  11. Interactive Objects
    1. Add interactive buttons to your Captivate projects
    2. Create click boxes in Adobe Captivate
    3. Add text entry boxes with Adobe Captivate
    4. How to add audio to boxes and buttons
    5. How to add JavaScript to boxes and buttons in Adobe Captivate
  12. Interactions
    1. Create drag-and-drop interactions in Adobe Captivate
    2. Use Adobe Captivate variables in widgets
    3. Set the properties of widgets with Adobe Captivate
    4. How to create static, interactive, and question widgets in Adobe Captivate
    5. How to add widgets to your Adobe Captivate project
  13. Non-interactive objects
    1. Create and edit smart shapes
    2. Edit and create text captions with Captivate
    3. How to use images and rollover images with Captivate
    4. How to customize smart shapes in Adobe Captivate
    5. How to create zoom areas in Adobe Captivate
    6. How to set audio for noninteractive objects
    7. How to create rollover slidelets in Adobe Captivate
    8. How to create rollover captions in Adobe Captivate
    9. Change mouse properties in Adobe Captivate
    10. Use highlight boxes in Captivate
    11. Work with swatches in Adobe Captivate
    12. Fix size and position of non-interactive objects
    13. Add animations to a Adobe Captivate project
  14. Advanced Editing and Project Reviews
    1. How to link Adobe Captivate projects
    2. Import, export, and delete content
    3. Skins
    4. Create accessible projects in Adobe Captivate
    5. Create a table of contents (TOC) with Adobe Captivate
    6. Resize Adobe Captivate projects
    7. Projects and project preferences
    8. How to preview projects in Adobe Captivate
  15. Variables and Advanced Actions
    1. Adobe Captivate variables
    2. How to create user-defined variables in Adobe Captivate
    3. Advanced actions in Adobe Captivate
    4. Shared actions in Adobe Captivate projects
    5. Edit or delete user-defined variables in Adobe Captivate
    6. How to assign advanced actions to an event
  16. Record Projects
    1. Create interactive videos
    2. Automatic and manual recording with Captivate
    3. Set recording preferences in Adobe Captivate
    4. Record video demonstrations with Adobe Captivate
    5. How to record software simulations in Adobe Captivate
    6. How to pause recording
  17. Publish Projects
    1. Preview and publish responsive projects
    2. Publish project to Adobe Captivate Prime
    3. Publish projects as HTML5 files with Adobe Captivate
    4. Publish projects as executable files
    5. Publish projects as MP4 files with Adobe Captivate
    6. Set publishing preferences in Adobe Captivate
    7. Using web fonts from Adobe Fonts in Adobe Captivate
    8. Report quiz results to an internal server
  18. Use Adobe Captivate with Other Applications
    1. Import and edit PowerPoint presentations in Captivate
    2. Upload an Adobe Captivate project to a Learning Management System
    3. Learn about the Common JavaScript interface for Adobe Captivate
    4. How to publish Captivate projects to Microsoft Word
    5. Using Adobe Connect with Captivate
    6. How to add Captivate projects to a RoboHelp online help system
    7. How to package multiple SCOs using the Adobe Multi-SCORM Packager
  19. Troubleshoot Adobe Captivate
    1. Resolve known issues and limitations in the latest versions of Adobe Captivate, Adobe FrameMaker, and Adobe RoboHelp.
    2. Early build for Captivate (2019 release) on macOS Big Sur (macOS 11)
    3. Hotfix for VR content not playing on devices
    4. Configure SSL for Live Preview on Devices
    5. Captivate (2019 release) activation issues on macOS Catalina
    6. Captivate responsive courses will not auto-play on browsers
    7. Issues with Asset panel in Adobe Captivate (2019 release)
    8. Error 103 while installing Adobe Captivate
    9. Issues when previewing a Captivate project

Learn how to add video files and set properties of event videos in Adobe Captivate Classic.

Import an event video

  1. To import an event video, click Video > Insert Video.

  2. In the Insert Video dialog, choose Event Video, and specify the location of the file. Click OK to import the video to your Captivate Classic project.

    Insert Video dialog
    Insert Video dialog

    To know more about the differences between an event video and a multi-slide synchronized video, read the article.


    FLV files during import do not require any kind of encoding.

    Encoding generally happens when previewing or publishing and that too for HTML5 preview/publish. A SWF preview/publish does not require encoding.

Modify event video properties

You can change the properties of an event video using the Property Inspector.

Video object

Video object properties
Video object properties

  • Name: Enter a unique name for the object. You can use this name when defining the visibility conditions for the object.
  • Visible: Disable 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.
  • Object State: Add states to your video object and make it more interactive. For more information, see Working with multi-state objects.


Video styles
Video styles

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.
  • Adobe Media 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 you want to embed an HTML5 video hosted on YouTube or Vimeo in a slide, choose Objects > Web, and use the web address of the video to insert the video into the slide.

Embed video
Embed video

For more information on inserting web objects, see Inserting web objects in Captivate Classic.

  • File Link: This option appears only when the selected video type is Progressive Download Video. The option represents t the absolute or relative path to the video file. Choose the video file from the library or browse to a location on the computer.
Progressive download type
Progressive download type

  • Server URI (appears only when the selected video type is Streaming Video): This option represents the server name, application name, and instance name.
  • Stream Name (appears only when the selected video type is Streaming Video): Represents the name of the video stream.

Streaming video type
Streaming video type

  • File Link (appears only when the selected video type is Adobe Media Streaming Service): The direct file link provided by the Adobe Media Streaming Service.
  • Detect Size: Displays the existing size of the inserted video.
Adobe Media video type
Adobe Media video type

Autoplay video

Enable or disable the following options:

  • Auto Play: The video begins playing automatically when 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 Adobe Media Streaming Service):  Enter the amount (time) of video that must be loaded before the video plays in the Adobe Captivate Classic project. (The length of actual time it takes to stream video varies depending on the user’s bandwidth)
Auto playing options
Auto playing options


You can use JavaScript to pause or play an event video. Insert a smart shape as a button, and assign a JavaScript event to it. Use the following code to pause the video:


To play the video, use the following code:


For more information on using JavaScript and Advanced Actions when playing and pausing an event video, see Paul Wilson in action.

See Paul's video in Control event video with JavaScript.

Change video skin

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

Choose the type of the skin for your video from the Skin drop-down list. If you do not want the playbar to appear in the video, choose None.

No skin in the video
No skin in the video

Change the skin to some other option.

Skin in the video
Skin in the video

Change shadow and reflection

Shadow and reflection properties
Shadow and reflection properties

  • Shadow: Choose the appropriate option to apply shadow to the video. Choose one of the presets.
  • Direction: Choose the direction - inner or outer. The preview of the selected direction is displayed on stage.
  • Color: Choose 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.

Change video timing

Video timing
Video timing

Modify the following video timing properties:

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 Video: 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.


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