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Captivate CS9 - Audio and Closed Captioning
How to add recorded audio and closed captioning to Captivate CS9 projects.
Open Captivate CS9 Project
Start by opening your Captivate CS9 Project.
Open Captivate CS9 and select your project from the recent files
Open Captivate CS9 and select 'Browse', from there select the Captivate project to open.
Add Audio to Project
Next, navigate to the slide that audio is going to be added to or create a new blank slide (KB Article Captivate CS9 - Getting Started ).
Once there, click the "record" button at the top to add audio. (figure 1).
Clicking the record button will open the window seen in figure 1. Select the source, either "Narration" or "System Audio" .
Narration: This option will allow the computer's microphone to record you speaking.
System Audio: This option will allow the sound being produced by the computer to be recorded (what you would hear from the speakers).
Once the source is selected, click the red circle to begin recording.
Once the recording is finished, click the blue square to stop recording.
Clicking "Save" will save the audio to the slide.
Add Captions to Audio
After audio is added to the slide you may want to caption that audio so students can read along. To do so, click the speaker icon that's below the slide that audio is added to. (Figure 2)
Clicking this icon will re-open the audio window. From here you can re-record audio, edit the audio, or add captions.
Click the "Closed Captioning" tab to add captions to your audio. (Figure 3)
The best way to do captioning in Captivate is to separate sentences into sections. Click the + to add a new time-frame. A time-frame has a start point and an end point. The start point in Figure 3 is 0: 0: 0:0 and the end point in Figure 3 is 0: 0: 1:3. This can be adjusted by sliding the orange sliders to the left or right. You want the time-frame and the text within each row added to match. For example, in Figure 3 withing the first row we have "words words words" which matches the audio within the first 1.3 seconds.
Clicking the play button will highlight the current row based on the time-frame.
Click 'Save' in the bottom right when all the captions have been added to the current slide, then click 'Close".
Lastly, we need to make sure that the closed caption button is enabled within the 'skin' for the project so that a student can see them.
Click "project" at the top toolbar, then "skin editor".
Check the box that says "Closed Captioning" (Figure 4) then click the save icon (Figure 4)
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