Seven Tips for Success with Adobe Captivate


Adobe Captivate is an easy to use tool to author software demonstrations, simulations, podcasts, screencasts, games, program demos and lessons .swf format.  The following are some Best Practice suggestions:

  1. Split everything up into small manageable bits. For example, if you are doing 10 minutes, do not make one 10-minute long video while you are putting it all together. Instead, create 10 one-minute videos (or whatever small section fits) then stitch them all together when you are finished to create the final 10-minute video.  When storyboarding in PowerPoint, make a separate video for each slide.  Using this tip will enable easy edits and updates.
  2. Record each audio section separately and overlay them on each of the separate 1-minute videos. On the Mac, you can use “Garageband” for this task; on the PC use “Audacity” (a freebie). Do not try to do screen video capture and narration at the same time – It usually results in an amateurish output. Multi-tasking can lead to thinking you recorded content that you never actually recorded but rather said to yourself in your head.
  3. When you are done with all the mini-videos, stitch them all together with your final tool (Captivate). The other “up side” of this is that if you need to revise anything, you only need to revise the one or two sections that need rework, not the whole ten minutes or longer. Then when you have finished revising the sections, you only need to re-stitch it all back together.
  4. Storyboard in PowerPoint (Keynote on the Mac) and write the exact script you want to recite when recording the voiceover. Do not “wing it!” That process only leads to multiple recording sessions. Recite the script aloud before recording to ensure it sounds good to the ear. Make your edits when reciting aloud as your will then have an exact transcript.
  5. Keep a “150 words per minute” limit in mind when writing/recording to avoid speaking too fast for the listener. Also, recording in small sections is helpful in setting the pace.
  6. When recording the voiceover- it is best to record it all in one session or day. Your voice may not sound the same from one day to the next.  
  7. The voiceover should be the last task you perform.  — Everything else (the video part) must be firmly in place and polished. If you record the voiceover too early, you will have to do it all over again if you make changes to the video portions.
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