I’ve been working on an Articulate Presenter course with a lot of flash files that have audio. Each of the .swfs have buttons that the user clicks to go to various frames. There are audio clips that go along with each slide. I quickly began to notice that the .swfs acted differently once imported into Articulate. Here are a few things to consider/think about:

1. Import settings “ When inserting a flash movie into Articulate you have a few different settings to consider.”

  • How to display the movie “ I choose to display the moving in the presenter panel because it was the main content that I wanted to show. You could experiment with have the flash display in a new browser window (full screen on top of the main course) and have it automatically pop-up when a user hits a particulate slide. This could be helpful with system simulations.
  • How the movie behaves (advancing) “ I you have a linear movie that the users watches and doesn’t need to interact with, you could choose Advance to next slide automatically. However if you have a movie with buttons and user interaction, you must select Advance to next slide when user clicks next.
  • How the movie behaves (synchronization) “ I always choose Movie plays independently of slide as this setting. I want the flash movie to be completely separate from what’s happening on the slide. In fact, when I import a flash movie I never have anything on the slide.

2. Audio placement “ If you are using audio in your flash movie don’t import audio to the slide as well. If the user clicks on your flash movie before the slide audio is done, you will have overlapping audio.

3. Overlapping audio within the Flash movie “ When I previewed the .swfs in flash the audio worked great. The sounds didn’t overlap. However when previewing in Articulate if I clicked on a button before the audio was complete it would overlap with the next frames audio. I solved this by putting a stopAllSounds() action script on each button before moving to the next frame. For example:

on (release) {

stopAllSounds();

this.gotoAndStop(“tool4″);
}

This script stops all audio before moving to the frame label tool4.

4. Few audio tips “ It’s a good idea to warn the users that the course that they are about to take has audio. This allows them to adjust their speakers and not get surprised. This can be a big embarrassment especially if a course starts blaring and there are customers around. Warning them also allows them to find another computer if for some reason sound doesn’t work on their current computer.

Audio is a great addition to any course. However with the benefits also comes the extra work.

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