Adobe Captivate: Six Ways to Use Voiceover Scripts

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by Jennie Ruby    I often point out in my classes on  writing eLearning voiceover scripts  that a script is necessary so that when you record the audio you don't skip anything, don't stumble, and don't say "um." " However, using a voiceover script for eLearning is way more useful than just that. Let's say for example that your eLearning project will be developed in Adobe Captivate.

ARTICULATE STORYLINE 360: Text-to-Speech to Final Voiceover

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While working on a recent eLearning project in Articulate Storyline 360, there was a delay in getting the voiceover audio back from our voiceover professional.   To keep the project moving forward, I copied the voiceover script into the Notes window on each Storyline slide.

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Adobe Captivate: Methods for Attaching Voiceover Audio

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by Kevin Siegel    When it comes to adding narration audio (voice-overs), Captivate developers have plenty of choices. However, I wouldn't use this technique for voiceover audio.   As for voiceover audio, I don't recommend that you add it to a project as the background. If you're not concerned with saving production time, perhaps my second reason for adding voiceover audio at the slide level will get your attention.

eLearning: When Should You Record Your Voiceover Audio?

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by Kevin Siegel      Adding voiceover audio to eLearning enhances the learner experience. And before you spend thousands of dollars hiring voiceover talent to record your audio, you should know: your voice is fine (nobody likes their own voice so trust me on this, yours will do nicely). I've found that the voiceover audio does not have to be highly produced to be effective.   Looking for training or help with Adobe Captivate?

eLearning: What's the Best Microphone for Voiceover Audio?

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I received an email asking the following: What specific advice can you give about the kind of microphone to purchase for making good quality audio narrations to accompany my Captivate training sessions, minimizing echo and other audio problems? It doesn't matter if you use Adobe Captivate, Articulate Storyline or TechSmith Camtasia Studio as your eLearning tool of choice. each can produce awesome eLearning content that will be enhanced if you include voiceover audio.

Adobe Captivate & eLearning: How Long is Too Long?

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However, in my experience developing eLearning using Adobe Captivate, I put the attention span of an adult learner at 15-20 seconds per slide. If your slide contains some voiceover audio, a text caption or two and an interactive object controlling navigation (such as a button or click box), 15-20 seconds is perfect.   I encourage students who attend my Adobe Captivate online class to try to chunk a one-hour eLearning course into several short eLearning lessons.

eLearning/Captivate Development: Let IconLogic Lend a Hand

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Do you have an immediate need to develop eLearning using Adobe Captivate? Our team of writers and Adobe Certified Experts (ACE) in Captivate can assist you in developing eLearning courses. We can do it all, from story-boarding to script development to voiceover script development to turn-key Captivate production. Need an eLearning script written?

Adobe Captivate: Microphone Calibration

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by Jennie Ruby  Before recording voiceover narration directly in Captivate, you'll want to calibrate the microphone you intend to use from inside Captivate. FM should be high enough quality for ordinary voiceovers for eLearning. and you are ready to record voiceover narration.   Want to learn more about Adobe Captivate? Check out our  live, online Captivate classes. Adobe Captivate

Adobe Captivate: Slow Down Your Speech Agent

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by Kevin Siegel      Using Captivate's Text to Speech feature allows you to quickly convert written text to voiceover audio.       If you feel like the resulting voiceover audio is too fast or too slow, you can change the speed. And if you'd like to learn more Captivate, Presenter, or Storyline, we've got a  great collection of live, online classes for you. 

eLearning: Sync/Align With the Playhead in Captivate or Storyline

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You're developing an eLearning module in Adobe Captivate or Articulate Storyline. As you're listening to the audio, you'd like a screen object to appear in sync with the voiceover audio or some other screen action. One technique that I use when I want to match screen actions to voiceover audio is called Sync with Playhead (in Captivate) or Align with Playhead (in Storyline). Adobe Captivate Articulate Storyline Captivate e-learning eLearning

Adobe Captivate: Sometimes a Smooth Mouse Path Isn't So Slick

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by Kevin Siegel      I've written a few articles about Captivate's video mode including how to  trim videos , use the  Pan and Zoom  feature, how to  edit the mouse points , and how to  publish video demos. I received an email from a fellow Captivate developer who really liked creating eLearning using Video Demo mode but was lamenting the slow speed of the mouse.

Adobe Captivate: Recording Narration to Multiple Slides

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by Jennie Ruby    The best practice when recording a voiceover script to narrate a series of slides is to create a separate audio recording for each slide. But when you are recording directly into your Captivate project, it can be quite tedious to open the Audio menu, choose Record to > Slide, record the slide, save the recording, close the Slide Audio dialog box, and start the process over for the next slide. Want to learn more about Adobe Captivate?

Adobe Captivate, TechSmith Camtasia Studio, Articulate Storyline: Production Times

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Is it Adobe Captivate? I have extensive experience using Adobe Captivate and TechSmith Camtasia Studio. In my experience, it will take you approximately 2 hours of labor to produce 1 minute of eLearning playtime if you use Adobe Captivate. If Articulate Storyline is your tool of choice, developers who use that tool have told me that Storyline is on a par with Captivate. Looking to learn Captivate quickly?

Adobe Captivate: Learning Interactions with Self-Hiding Instructions

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"  The Learning Interactions in Adobe Captivate are very useful for presenting a lot of text by topic or subheading. "We could give instructions in the voiceover narrative." Captivate offers "actions" that can show and hide objects on the slide. Looking for Adobe Captivate training? Check out these  live, online Captivate classes. Adobe Captivate e-learning eLearning Technical Communications

Captivate 8: Working with Text-to-Speech and Voices

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An earlier post on this blog offers Adobe Captivate Example Courses for download. Toward the end of that post is a quick mention and “how to” on Captivate’s text-to-speech functionality. Recently a question came up in one of the help forums: “How do I install the Captivate 8 TTS voices?” First, the easiest way to access Captivate’s text-to-speech (TTS) capabilities is via the Audio > Speech Management option.

ADOBE CAPTIVATE 2017: Improved Closed Captions

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Take Captivate's closed captions for example.   While Captivate has featured closed captions for years, developers had limited control over how the text looked or where the captions appeared on-screen for the learner.   Adobe has raised the bar quite a bit with Captivate 2017. To add closed captions, add voiceover audio to a slide and then choose Audio > Audio Management. This process remains unchanged from earlier versions of Captivate.).

eLearning & Training: How Long is Too Long?

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If your slide contains some voiceover audio, a text caption or two, and an interactive object controlling navigation (such as a button or click box), 15-20 seconds is perfect. That would translate into 12 Captivate eLearning lessons (if you use the 5 minute-per-lesson timing) for the 60-minute course.   We offer live, online training on Adobe Captivate, Articulate Storyline, Adobe Presenter, and TechSmith Camtasia Studio.We

Adobe Captivate: Live, Online Training Now Available in Central European Time Zone Hours

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Due to popular demand from our friends in Europe, we're now offering our top rated Captivate training during Central European Time Zone hours!    This beginner Adobe Captivate training class will quickly have you creating eLearning and mLearning lessons that include software simulations, demonstrations and soft-skills (compliance training). Adobe Captivate

Adobe Captivate 5: Keep Audio From Getting Cut Off

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When importing voiceover audio into Adobe Captivate, I always suggest that audio be added directly to the slide instead of objects on the slide ( Audio > Import to > Slide ). In the image below, a voiceover clip has been added to a slide, and the audio has been set to play just when the slide appears. Drag the waveform right on the Timeline so that the voiceover is delayed by a fraction of a second or so (as shown in the image below). by Kevin Siegel.

Adobe Captivate or Adobe Presenter: Which One Is Right For You?

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by Jennie Ruby    Adobe Presenter and Adobe Captivate have some overlapping functions. You can use it to take existing PowerPoint slides, add voiceover narration, optionally record a self-video while presenting the lesson, add eLearning scenes and characters, add interactive elements, add a quiz, and publish the lesson to an LMS. Adobe Captivate is powerful, stand-alone eLearning development software. Captivate lets you do that, too. 

Adobe Captivate 5.5: Lowering the Size of Published SWFs

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I often hear from Captivate developers who are required to output smaller and smaller SWFs, while making their lessons more and more interactive. There are some things that you can do while working in Captivate that may lower the size of the published SWF. Use Fewer Slides Keep the number of slides in your Captivate project as low as possible. Use Less Audio I'm a huge fan of adding audio effects and voiceover audio to a lesson. by Kevin Siegel.

Adobe Captivate 5: Control the Volume of Background Audio

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Captivate developers have been able to add background audio to their projects since Captivate was known as RoboDemo. In Adobe Captivate 5, you simply choose Audio > Import to > Background and open the audio file (wav or mp3). One of the options missing from RoboDemo and older versions of Captivate was the ability to control the volume of the background audio on slides that already had audio (voiceover audio for instance). by Kevin Siegel.

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Development Times for Captivate eLearning

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Many new Captivate developers underestimate development time needed to produce eLearning lesson in Adobe Captivate. Voiceover Scripts: If you are using voiceovers, you'll need to write the script for your voiceover talent (even if that talent is you). which has nothing at all to do with Captivate production. Production won’t include creating a Captivate template, a completed shell project that you will use as the basis of all of your projects.

75% Off On Adobe Captivate 6 Courses

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The Beginner Adobe Captivate training course will quickly have you creating eLearning and mLearning lessons that include software simulations, demonstrations and soft-skills (compliance training). You will learn how to make your lessons engaging and interactive by creating quizzes, adding text captions, animations, videos, rollovers, clickable areas (buttons and click boxes), typing areas, voiceover audio and sound […].

New 1-Hour Live, Online Course: Microsoft PowerPoint to eLearning via Articulate Storyline, Adobe Captivate, TechSmith Camtasia, or Presenter

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  Instead of relying on PowerPoint alone for your eLearning content, you’ll need to take your finished presentations into an eLearning development tool such as Adobe Captivate, Articulate Storyline, or TechSmith Camtasia. Alternately, you can rely on Presenter, a PowerPoint plug-in that works together with PowerPoint to accomplish many of the things you can do in Captivate, Camtasia, and Storyline. You’ll learn how to integrate PowerPoint with: Adobe Captivate.

New 1-Hour Live, Online Course: Microsoft PowerPoint to eLearning via Articulate Storyline, Adobe Captivate, TechSmith Camtasia, or Presenter

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  Instead of relying on PowerPoint alone for your eLearning content, you’ll need to take your finished presentations into an eLearning development tool such as Adobe Captivate, Articulate Storyline, or TechSmith Camtasia. Alternately, you can rely on Presenter, a PowerPoint plug-in that works together with PowerPoint to accomplish many of the things you can do in Captivate, Camtasia, and Storyline. You’ll learn how to integrate PowerPoint with: Adobe Captivate.

ELEARNING DEVELOPMENT: The Levels of eLearning

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Level 1 eLearning could include voiceover audio, a quiz, and be enabled for tracking via SCORM and/or AICC LMSs. If created in Adobe Captivate or Articulate Storyline, I'm talking about eLearning that includes buttons, hotspots/click boxes, text entry areas, branching scenarios, scenes, layers, learner interactions (such as dials, sliders, and drag and drop interactions), random quizzes, etc.

My review of Captivate 2019 New Interactive Video Feature

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I first learned to use Adobe Captivate during the completion of my master’s degree. At the time, the school offered a fully licensed copy of Captivate 7. I continued using Captivate for my freelance projects. At this year’s conference, Adobe previewed the 360 and the interactive video feature for the next newest version of Captivate. Below is my review of the interactive video feature in Captivate 2019. For this project, I used Captivate 9.

ADOBE CAPTIVATE 2017: Improved Closed Captions

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Take Captivate’s closed captions for example. While Captivate has featured closed captions for years, developers had limited control over how the text looked or where the captions appeared on-screen for the learner. Adobe has raised the bar quite a bit with Captivate 2017. To add closed captions, add voiceover audio to a slide and then choose Audio > Audio Management. This process remains unchanged from earlier versions of Captivate.).

Text Animation – getting text to “type” onto the screen – Captivate 2019

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Hi there again, Sorry another newbie question I’m afraid: How do I get text onto the screen so that it appear letter by letter, or word by word to coincide with my voiceover? I can do it in other software (including PPT) but I cannot seem to find how to do this in captivate. The post Text Animation – getting text to “type” onto the screen – Captivate 2019 appeared first on eLearning.

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Estimating Time for Rebuilding an Existing Course Library with Captivate

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In this article, I will share with you how I determined how many hours it would take me to re-build an existing catalog of courses in Captivate and show you examples of documents I created to assist me in the process. Recently I was asked to estimate how long it would take to re-build five e-Learning courses created with another software program in Captivate. Tap into the audio path into the brain by replacing large blocks of onscreen text with voiceover narration.

Qarbon Camtasia and Adobe Captivate

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Also every screen would have audio (voiceover with my voice) accompanying it. Camtasia and Adobe Captivate : Pros: Heard lots of good thing about them. Question from a reader, hoping you can provide your thoughts: I am in the process of selecting an elearning tool that is easy to use, quick to create the demos and does not bloat the file size much. I want to create some online videos that will be a total of about 6-7 hours and upload them on my site.

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eLearning: Become a Pedagogical Agent

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by Jennie Ruby  If you've taken any of our  Adobe Captivate, Adobe Presenter, or Articulate Storyline classes , you are probably aware that these programs provide a selection of screen characters--cut-out pictures of professional actors in business, medical, or business-casual clothing posed as if they are talking to you. Join me for an  afternoon mini course on writing voiceovers  to find out.

eLEARNING DEVELOPMENT: How Much Time Does It Take to Create eLearning?

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Is it Adobe Captivate?   I have extensive experience using Storyline, Captivate, and Camtasia. In my experience, it will take you approximately 2 hours of labor to produce 1 minute of eLearning playtime if you use Captivate or Storyline.   If you're going to include voiceover audio (and I highly suggest that you do since audio has been shown to improve the learner experience), you should create an audio script.

Adobe has posted a demo of Text to Speech in Captivate 4

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If you’ve been following the flurry of blog posts and news recently, you’ll know that Adobe Captivate 4 was released last week. Adobe Captivate 4 Text to Speech demo. Adobe has published a demo showing how to use this new feature on the Adobe Captivate Blog. I tested out this feature on my cell phone (a Samsung BlackJack II ) by creating a small Captivate 4 demo and publishing it to my phone using the new Flash Lite Distributable Player.

8 Awesome Online Tools to Create Captivating Learning Videos

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It helps you add voiceover in 25 languages in a variety of male and female voices and also lets you add sound effects to your message. Developing a live video can be an easy task. But an animated video? It’s a tough task. You need to understand the 12 principles of animation , you need to learn animation software, and you need to spend hours to get the right effect and quality. Besides, you cannot guarantee the output will be of the quality you desire.

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eLEARNING DEVELOPMENT: Polly Want a Voice?

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When it comes to audio in eLearning, my experience strongly suggests that adding voiceover audio to your project enhances the learner experience. Does this mean that you need to hire professional voiceover talent? However, home-grown audio featuring you as the voiceover talent works great.   The ultimate test was adding the voice to my eLearning tool so I tested Adobe Captivate and TechSmith Camtasia. by Kevin Siegel, CTT, COTP.

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eLEARNING DEVELOPMENT: Polly Want a Voice?

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When it comes to audio in eLearning, my experience strongly suggests that adding voiceover audio to your project enhances the learner experience. Does this mean that you need to hire professional voiceover talent? However, home-grown audio featuring you as the voiceover talent works great.   The ultimate test was adding the voice to my eLearning tool so I tested Adobe Captivate and TechSmith Camtasia. by Kevin Siegel, CTT, COTP.

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eLearning & Grammar: Should eLearning Text Contain End of Sentence Punctuation?

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by Jennie Ruby We recently received the following from Midal, a Skills & Drills reader:  "[In Captivate caption boxes,] is it necessary to include periods at the end of every sentence in a text caption even if it is as simple as "Click Submit"? Once you enter the realm of displayed text, such as the text in Captivate text captions, or bulleted or numbered lists, or step-by-step instructions, you must consider both grammar and style.

Pause/play button and a custom drag and drop (issues)

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– This slide has a voiceover MP3 running in the back. The voiceover starts playing again after pushing the submit button. Discussion Captivate draganddrop pause play/pause toggle toggle buttons toggle switchHi Everybody, I’m working on a eLearning and ran into a few tiny hiccups that I think can be fixed easily. The problem is that I can’t seem to find a solution. Here are the problems i’m having.

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