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Adding Video to Your Adobe Captivate eLearning

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In this video,I show you how you can embed video into your Adobe Captivate eLearning project Download sample project files from many of my videos for FREE! 🔗 https://captivateteacher.com/freedownloads Purchase an hour or more of my instruction 🔗 http://bit.ly/CpInstruction Learn about advanced actions, multi-state objects, and fluid box responsive design. Get my 1.5 hr Premium Adobe Captivate course for FREE! 1) Follow me on https://twitter.com/captivateteachr 2) Subscribe to my YouTube channel 3) Tweet me a pic showing you subscribe. Support my channel and get free project files and themes 🔗 https://www.patreon.com/paulwilsonlearning My Gear: Blue Yeti Microphone: https://amzn.to/2TiBw4A NEEWER Microphone Scissor Arm Stand: https://amzn.to/2CsnkjZ Logitech C930e 1080P HD Video Webcam: https://amzn.to/2HLudQK Webcam Light Stand for Live Stream: https://amzn.to/2TgvXDZ Knox Gear Blue Yeti Shock Mount: https://amzn.to/2UOavYF Do you require technical support? 🔗 http://bit.ly/AdobeCare Want to report a bug to Adobe. 🔗 http://bit.ly/AskAdobe #AdobeCaptivate #elearning
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fairuza qureshi (4 months ago)
How can we add two video in captivate? Is there any option for this?
Create a new non-responsive project the same size as your video demos. Click on the Insert drop-down menu and select CPVC Slide and select your video demo as a slide. Repeat this for your second video demo file, and they will now be two side-by-side slides in a project you can publish.
fairuza qureshi (4 months ago)
+Paul Wilson Adobe Captivate Tutorials i recorded two demo video separately now i want to join them or merge them. is this possible in adobe captivate ? because am new in this software i m learning it
fairuza qureshi you can add two Event Videos to one page but keep in mind that will increase the load time for that slide.
Dan Kramer (6 months ago)
If you have a longer video, how do you slide through the video with the progress bar? Meaning how to you rewind and fast forward by taking the progress bar and dragging it to where you want the video to start and stop again?
Hey Dan, No need to ask the same question twice. For this use Event video and change the skin in the properties panel to one that has a scrub bar for the user to drag the timeline of the video to the correct location.
Jayne Rogers (8 months ago)
How do I get the exit video button into the video?
You can't add interactive elements to in slide video (yet).
Roxy Cortes (1 year ago)
Hi Paul, I followed your steps and it works wonderfully in Preview mode. But the video shows as a loading icon when Published. Anything I should change?
Roxy Cortes try uploading your published project to an LMS or web server. Iframes (web objects) need a web server to function.
Sarah Eydam (1 year ago)
I've saved the YouTube video the my desk-top; the URL will not embed into the ELearning Captivate 9. Why?
I'm not sure I understand your question. Can you rephrase or provide more detail?
Joey Blacky (1 year ago)
Hi, maybe you got a little help for me. I wanted to add an video like you did. When I go to test it in browser or the start page thing it is working perfektly fin. But in the moment I publish it won't start playing...its just the backround screening...do you have an idea what problem I could have...flash etc. is all in the right set up...In the checklist like you presented in the video for publishing a project I couldn't found anything...thanks for your help :)
Joey Blacky (1 year ago)
Paul Wilson Adobe Captivate Tutorials o I see I'll give it a shot thanks again and have a nie week.
For this to work you will need to upload your published project to a web server or your learning management system. It won't run from your hard drive and display the video as you would expect.
Mohini Sharma (1 year ago)
Hi Paul, How do i create a button or two that would trigger another video within the slide and when done they can continue their video presentation. For instance, I have one video that has listed steps which is different form 3 departments so I want to include if you are from this department, then click on this button to view the listed steps for that specific department and come back to the tutorial as rest of the video is same for all.
If you're interested in hiring me to consult I would be happy to work on this for you. The types of questions I answer on my YouTube channel are the ones that can be written in just one or two sentences. I would need to be compensated for projects that longer. You can purchase the first hour of time from my website by following the link below. We can set up some time to discuss your needs in greater detail and then we can get started. https://www.paulwilsonlearning.com/new-products/consultation
RPHancy (1 year ago)
You brought up the video encoder but didn't say where this came from? You said it is in Captivate but I can't find it. Would you please explain where one finds this program? Thank you.
RPHancy Adobe Media Encoder is automatically installed when you install Captivate. In Windows, press the Start button and type in Adobe Media Encoder and it should appear. If you are using a Mac you can find it in your Applications folder.
Brenna Droege (1 year ago)
I tried embedding a MP4 into Captivate 10 and when I render it the show just keeps saying "loading". My test mp4 is tiny so its not file size. DO you know hat the problem might be?
It's difficult for me to know why this isn't working for you. If you would like to hire me to consult you can purchase a small amount of time from my website and I would be happy to spend the time figuring it out for you. PaulWilsonLearning.com
Hans Zarkov (1 year ago)
why do you prefer H.264 for HTML5 instead of MP4 ?
Hans Zarkov (1 year ago)
Got it. Thanks!
Hans Zarkov they are two different things. MP4 is a container format. In other words it's just the file type. H.264 is a video codec or compression algorithm. For example, H.264 can be contained in an MP4, which is most often the case, however not all MP4 files are automatically H.264.
TommyKnow (1 year ago)
Is there a way to fullscreen an embedded video? I have videos in my course but they are too small when viewing the output
Hans Zarkov if you want it to look good and be full screen then HD will likely be a requirement. All aspects of video are important but bit rate can make the biggest difference to finding that balance between quality and load time. As viewers, no one will care how amazing your video is if it fails to load in a reasonable time. Adversely if it loads instantaneously but the quality makes it unwatchable, they will tune out.
Hans Zarkov (1 year ago)
I should have been a little more clear. HD is not critical to me, but full screen is.
Hans Zarkov (1 year ago)
Thanks. Appreciate the detailed response. If it's mainly a matter of bandwidth I think I can work around that. I was concerned there was some weird 'container' or 'compression' tomfoolery hoops Captivate might make me jump through. I guess I will just have to play around. Thanks again.
Hans Zarkov the short answer about the challenges of adding video is that its a constant battle between trying to keep the bit rate low enough that video plays without too much lag, and keeping the quality high enough to still impress. Related to this is that you can select a bit rate that is sufficient for your typical network conditions but each time your organisation adds an application that eats up addition bandwidth it will effect your ability to deliver your video content. The kicker is that your eLearning project is one of these applications. In other words, you can select a bit rate that should accommodate your project and the current conditions of the network, but that network doesn't already have hundreds of users accessing your content, which will change the bandwidth of the network. I guess what I'm trying to say is that there is no one solution or easy answers to producing great quality video that plays well under all situations.
Hans Zarkov (1 year ago)
Just to elaborate a bit about why I might want to do this... I'm an artist who somehow found himself developing training videos (and now demos) in a highly competitive corporate environment. My last demo (not made in Captivate) received an ovation from a room full of senior managers (I was not there - one of them told me). As I move into Captivate to graduate from demos to simulations, my biggest issue with Captivate is that most of the Captivate content I have seen so far looks.... well... like it was made in Captivate. I want my stuff to look more like a feature film that just happens to have clickable content in it. If Captivate can't handle what I need to do then I might be forced to do the interactive content in Adobe Animate CC and string it together with my HD videos in Dreamweaver (which sounds like a major hassle but I'll go that route if I have to). My concern is that I don't want my competitors to easily distinguish that I made my stuff in Captivate. Sure, they may know I used Captivate at some point but I want my stuff to be so far out that they won't even try to compete with me or pick my brain for tips because they are so blown away. They will just let me be 'the video guy' and leave me alone. lol
Tara Knight (1 year ago)
Hi Paul, I have watched several of your tutorials and always found them helpful, so I was wondering if you can answer a question about another tutorial I watched that has not produced results. I am attempting to add buttons to control the playback speed of a video using JavaScript. Kyle makes it look so easy, but it is not working for me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSgwS7DeMKo. Do any of your tutorials address this?
Tara Knight I'm surprised your LMS doesn't support HTML 5. I would push your organization to take care of that soon or you'll get left behind.
Tara Knight (1 year ago)
Hey Paul! Thanks for your help. I found out late last week that my buttons to pause, play, speed up and slow down were actually all working. I just did not preview in HTML 5 so I could not tell that they worked. As my LMS does not support/work with HTML5, I have been unable to incorporate that functionality into my training.
Thought you might find this video useful. I'm publishing it next Wednesday but anyone with the link can watch it now. I might try to take it further by looking more closely at Kyle's video but in the meantime it gets you part of the way there. https://youtu.be/Hq9XIyw_SFo
Just so we are clear, you are aware that event video does have a selection of skins, and while there isn't one that affects the playback you could certainly give your users a variety of controls. Also, another thought just came to me. You could upload your video as an unlisted video on YouTube which would give your users all the usual YouTube controls (or not if you wish), including playback speed. Here is a video I did on adding a YouTube video using the embed code with advanced options in a Captivate Web Object. https://youtu.be/Ws3RZPr0O0Q This might work out well for you and may be worth considering.
Tara Knight (1 year ago)
I started with an event video, watched this webinar and thought a MSSV might work better so I switched to that. Read on https://helpx.adobe.com/captivate/using/event-video.html that it should be an event video so switched back. And based on Kyle's video, I am pretty sure he was using an event window from what I could see, but he didn't say.
Anne Hajer (1 year ago)
Thanks for all of your helpful videos! I'm trying to embed a video into a Captivate presentation and got as far as 2:57 in this video but then couldn't see how you accessed the Adobe Media Encoder. I can't seem to find it in Captivate
You're welcome.
Anne Hajer (1 year ago)
thanks for your speedy reply! That worked!
If you are on Windows you click the Start button on your keyboard and start typeing "Adobe Media Encoder" and it should appear.
Kris Samson (1 year ago)
Hi Paul, how to properly publish a learning material with an embedded video on it. I tried publishing one but it seems like I did it incorrectly as the video embedded is not playing. Thank you in advance.
Embedded video in Adobe Captivate only works when the project is on a web server. The preview will work because Captivate includes a mini server if you will, however, once you publish your project and attempt to run it from your desktop you won't see anything. Upload it to your LMS and you should be fine.
Linton Hutchinson (1 year ago)
Still working through your course, Loving it Paul. Going over it a number of times helps understand the construct used with the interactions of the different components and how they relate to each other - I wanted to put a video in the project I'm working on so stopped, found this, and now back to the course... With Friendly Greetings Linton
Great to hear Linton.
gigimarie7 (2 years ago)
I added a video to Captivate 9, but the sound is not there. Is there an additional step I need to perform? The video was taken using a camcorder, then I used Adobe media encoder to covert to an .f4v format, then inserted.
gigimarie7 (2 years ago)
I don't really know much about AME so I don't know how to do that. Can you recommend a tutorial on it?
I would check your process in Adobe Media Encoder and make sure you have audio checked off and have appropriate settings.
Jairo Muñoz (2 years ago)
Ok Paul I will check your videos. Thank you for your help.
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Jairo Muñoz (2 years ago)
Paul I have a issues to imbedded a video to my adobe captive (my own videos not from websites). I'm using a dove captive encoder to make the video the simplest way insert on the slide. On the slide only showed as a image and did not display any video. I follow all the instructions and still the same way. Any help should be appreciated. Thank you.
I don't know what a *dove captive encoder* is so I'm not sure I can help you. Here is my playlist for all my videos that discuss adding video to Adobe Captivate: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAz1fjXAzQ34GJcTZxq5DZVsFurk_D7Cw If you have further questions consider joining my LIVE STREAM on Monday, March 27th at 3 PM EST | 8 PM UTC where I answer viewer questions related to Adobe Captivate and we discuss other topics related to eLearning. Click here to setup a reminder for yourself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1J45Go0sJk
4TruthBeTrue (2 years ago)
can you embed video into email? like an E-news letter?
I was thinking about the feature to place a thumbnail of a video inside a message and when clicked it will launch the video in a new browser window. I don't know that I have ever seen a video play directly inside an email message. I'm not saying it's not possible I just think if someone sent me a video that played upon opening it, I would likely not care for that too much and probably delete it for security purposes.
4TruthBeTrue (2 years ago)
was just wondering if you new a way. and nah you can't do it on mail chimp. thanks
I'm not sure you understand what the purpose of my videos are. I specifically create tutorials on how to do various things in Adobe Captivate. Outside of that I'm not really an expert on email creation. You may wish to look at Mailchimp for something like that.
Jaider Baron (2 years ago)
Hello, a question like, I can embed a video on vimeo this to a slide captivate
+Jaider Baron Is this what you had in mind? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQ2lAtfYczM
Genevieve Pluviose (3 years ago)
Hi, Quick question.... what settings do we have to look at if the uploaded video appears distorted visually (slightly squished) from the original version? Is it the resolution? I want the video embedded in Captivate to appear just like the original video..... thanks!!!
Genevieve Pluviose (3 years ago)
+Paul Wilson eLearning Development Will try. Thanks.
+Genevieve Pluviose with the video selected, take a look at the properties inspector (properties panel) and look under the Options tab from here you can lock the position and adjust the size of the video as it appears on your stage. If the proportions are not locked you can click on the Original Size button to return it to normal. If this doesn't work, you may need to re-import the video.
Kurt Melander (3 years ago)
I would like to find out what the various Variables are for the media player in Captivate 8/9, I have numerous single frame captivate files with video, but I'd like to add SCORM bookmarking so if the user clicks PAUSE on the media player it will document the current video frame the media player is paused at and use that as the SCORM bookmark, and set the resume accordingly so if the user comes back to the video which I want to mark as "incomplete" and since there is resume data, a interaction would pop up asking the user if they would like to go back to the point in the video where they left off.  I'd like the video to set the SCORM lesson status to "completed" ONLY if the video has played all frames and when it hits the last frame, it sets the SCO as completed, exits the captivate SCO setting an LMSfinish, so the SCO closes, but the LMS SCORM content window remains open to choose the next SCO/Lesson???? There is SOOO little information about what these internal media player variables are and confusing info on what SCORM calls are currently addressed by in Cap8/9 some I've seen say "SCORM_Call.xxx" others still use the older Captivate syntax for SETLMSvalue. Very frustrating, and video is becoming more an more popular and being asked for more and more by our clients Project/course managers.
Brendan Moore (3 years ago)
I noticed that importing videos into Captivate directly can quickly make the size of the Captivate file large. I was wondering if hosting the video files somewhere else, like on a media server, then giving the appearance that they are embedded is better.
Brendan Moore (2 years ago)
Thank you for the reply. I'm glad to know it's good practice
mark2741 (2 years ago)
Yes - I typically do that nowadays as it reduces initial load time of the project at runtime, and as you've noticed, it keeps the cptx much lighter.
MmmLizbeth (3 years ago)
How much further into videos have you gotten?  I'm past the basic tutorials, trying to play a specific embedded video conditional upon pass/fail in a quiz (a video of an actor saying "You got it!" or "Try again!" depending on their results, and the past three attempts have not gone well.

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