Earlier this week Bill Milstid, our Senior Developer, and Andrew Townsend, our Video Evangelist, put together a webinar demonstrating some best practices for getting your eLearning video into Adobe Captivate. This is the second part in a series discussing different ways to deal with video in eLearning. If you’re an Articulate Storyline user looking for this topic, check out the webinar we did just for Storyline users.
Unfortunately, Bill Milstid lost connection toward the end of the webinar due to a storm in his area. However, we didn’t let mother nature stop us from finding answers to your questions after the fact. Below are some of the answers we weren’t able to address in the webinar.
Q – Can you review the steps to importing a video into Captivate?
A – How to insert a video in Captivate: https://helpx.adobe.com/captivate/using/event-video.html
Alternatively, you *could*: right-click the library > select Import > nav to video file. This will bring it directly into the library but not the stage.
Q – Can you customize the controls on playback? e.g. When back button pressed it will go back to specific slide or place in the video.
A – Captivate standard navigation is somewhat limited. I would want to approach this with a custom button and maybe some JS. With custom buttons, you could target a specific spot to jump to, and potentially create a trigger to move to a specific point in the timeline. Check this out: http://blog.lilybiri.com/micro-navigation-in-adobe-captivate
If you want to get granular, you could look into the API of different streaming services and get pretty tricky with those. There’s a lot of legwork involved, but a lot of possibilities as well.
Q – What is the difference between embedding a video from a video platform or creating a direct link to that video platform? Which arguments sway you one way over the other?
A – Apologies if I misunderstood the question: An embedded video will play directly in the course – you could use Object > Web Object, then grab the Embed Code from your streaming source to include it. A direct link will move the users out of the course and to the streaming platform. In general, I think it’s best practice to keep your content in a single place where possible. Users may abandon the course on that link, users might have blockers in place, etc.
Q – I’m using Captivate 9 and publishing HTML5 to our LMS and using IE 11 – Our videos are small in size (they are mp4) but on playback the videos buffer in IE 11. We don’t have this problem in other browsers. Any ideas?
A – This appears to be an issue for some users, given a quick search. That’s good, and maybe challenging. You’ve got few options:
1.) Encode your videos at a min/max of 2mbps. This may actually help, though it seems counterproductive. This is Adobe’s response.
2.) Move your video a few frames off the start of the timeline.
3.) Do a clean publish to test—open a new project, grab your video, insert it on one slide, publish and check.
Bill Milstid will be presenting at this year’s eLBX! Sign up today, and discuss your ideas and questions with him in June.
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