Captivate Fundamentals Training

Learn how to create interactive training movies that allow students to select customized training paths with Captivate training.

After taking this course, you'll know how to use Adobe Captivate to develop, edit, and publish interactive movies. You'll be able to import multimedia elements such as PowerPoint presentations, Flash movies, and video clips to enhance your demonstrations. You'll heighten the effectiveness of training classes you create by adding quizzes and surveys.

The Captivate Basics

In this class, we'll examine the Captivate interface, and you'll make your first recording. Our discussion will include how to record slides manually and to record in demonstration mode. We'll also look at recording projects in three different modes: assessment simulation, training assessment, and as a hybrid.

Using Timelines & Adding Captions in Captivate

This part of the course will teach you how to insert text captions and change their look. You'll learn how to alter the size of objects, alignment, and where they appear on the page. Control slides, including duplication, hide, and delete, and set mouse properties. Control the sequence of your objects' appearance.

Images with Captivate

Jazz up your projects with some compelling graphics. Learn how to insert and delete blank slides and add images from the library. Use them to create a watermark, and learn how to set their size and position. We'll show you how to set image timing and how to use transition effects. Have fun with the operation of your mouse by adding sounds.

Pointer Paths, Buttons & Highlight Boxes

In this portion of your training, you'll work with the pointer and how to change its path and type. You'll insert text and image buttons and learn how to direct users' attention with highlight boxes and pointer paths.

Student Practice Session

Here you'll practice what you've learned with some hands-on experience. You'll do some exercises to reinforce the previous training sessions. Some of the things you'll practice will be hiding the mouse, inserting a click box, shrinking an object, using the timeline, changing captions transition effects, and inserting a text entry box.

Rollover Areas in Captivate video

To explain objects on screen in a Captivate video, a rollover area displays captions, images, and sometimes magnified sections. When you complete this part of your training, you'll know how to insert a rollover caption, set the rollover area properties, and insert a rollover image and a zoom area.

Adding Notes, Slide Labels & Audio with Captivate

Add sound effects and narratives to your videos. This section shows you how to calibrate a microphone as well as record and edit new audio or import existing music files to your video. You'll also learn how to add a slide label and a slide note. We'll add sound effects to objects and background music to an entire project.

Animations and Flash Videos

This session of the course is all about motion, how to change a project's frame rate, adding animation to and changing its position on a slide, inserting text animation, and adding Flash video.

Question Slides

Questions slides are self-scoring quizzes embedded in the video. This section covers how to create and insert various types of Question Slides, such as true/false, rating scale and multiple choice. You'll learn how to add an image, copy and paste a slide background, and format the question title. We'll show you how to use the slide grid, set the question slide options, and edit the submit button text.

Exporting, Importing and Branching with Captivate

With Captivate, you can import from and export to multiple sources. This convenience allows for creating multiple language versions of your Captivate video. In addition, it also facilitates easier management of group projects. This section covers how to import from and export to other Captivate projects, word documents, and captions. We also show you how to create branches and use the branching tab.

Using Templates and Skins

You can dress your video to make it more aesthetically pleasing by adding a skin to alter the user interface of the video player. We teach you how to use the skin editor to create and apply the skin to the various components of the player. Create, edit, and use a project template and set playback controls.

Linking and Publishing Your Video

Once your video is complete you might want to consider adding closed captioning or linking your video to your web site or another Captivate project. We show you how to do this and how to prepare your project for publishing. Other topics include "bandwidth monitoring", "publishing Flash movies" and more.

Menu Builder

Menu Builder offers a quick way to package your project for distribution to customers. Using Menu Builder you can create a home page that serves as a gateway to your projects. We will show you how to use the Menu Builder tool and how to export a Menu Builder project.


  • Basic Mac or Windows skills: copying/pasting, right-clicking (contextual menus), finding files, switching between programs, exploring windows

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