adding video controls to falsh video in presenter

Hi

I'd like to add flash video to my ppt presentation with presenter. So i click on the flash video icon and i select the video. then a menu pops up with a few settings etc, but what i am missing is the ability to add video control. I cant seem to find that setting anywhere. Alternatively, what i want to do is add the video directly into quizmaker by adding a blank slide. The issue that I face then is that the learner must click "next" to go to the next slide. So what I want to be able to do is: have the video play automatically and it must also then go to the next slide once the video is finished. The learner must also have video control,i.e. he must be able to pause and move the seeker bar.

thanks again!

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Jeanette Brooks

Hi there When you insert a movie into Presenter, in your movie options you can choose "Advance automatically when movie finishes" and "Synchronize slide and movie." If you do that, the seekbar on your player controls will also work as a playbar for your movie when the learner views that slide. When they're watching the movie, they can use the seekbar on the player controls to scrub forward or backward in the movie if they want to. And when the movie finishes playing, the slide will advance.

Another approach that you might want to try is to insert your movie into a Media Tour interaction in Articulate Engage. When you add your movie to your Media Tour interaction, you can choose to include a playbar and auto-start the movie. Then you can add the Media Tour as a slide in your course. You can also specify in Presenter's Slide Properties that you want the slide to auto-advance, so that when the movie's done the presentation will move on to the next slide automatically.

Hope that helps.

John Curran

The video on another slide is one solution but I want to control an inserted video on the same slide as other content. 

Is there no way a video can be imported complete with its own control bar (the embed YouTube allows this)? This would enable an introduction to be provided either in text or using VO before the learner then clicks the play button on the video controller.

Jeanette Brooks

One caveat about using the YouTube/web object approach (and I only mention this because De Wet said in his post above that we wanted his slide to auto-advance when the movie's done playing)... since the movie in the web object would play independently of the slide, Presenter wouldn't automatically know when to auto-advance. You could, of course, force the slide duration with a method like this, but that wouldn't work well for situations when the learner uses the playbar on the YouTube video to rewind or scrub through the movie).

John Curran

Hi Jeanette. I'm happy for the learners to advance to the next slide themselves. A future feature might be to enable an embedded controller when a video is inserted (so that this functionality can be used with locally hosted videos too). Something along the lines of Jplayer (but for Flash of course).

On that note - is there a list of future functions for Articulate (user wishlist or otherwise)?

A @work

Hi!

Sometimes I'll make the Flash video in another application that creates player controls, like Camtasia. Then I'll import the html file including the controls as a web object. You'll have to add all the related video and player files to your publish folder manually if you go that route. And as Jeanette points out, presenter won't be able to tell when the file will end to auto-advance, so you'll need a method that supports that.

Player controls as a check box option for clips in Presenter would be amazing.

Of all these options, Engage media tour sounds cleanest to me.

Jeanette Brooks

Hi John - Although we don't have a public list of intended enhancements, we do have a feature request system and we welcome anyone to add their voice there. It's really the best way to make your needs known... our programming folks use that as a way to gauge what is most needed & valued when it comes time to think about product updates. Thanks for asking!

Brian Allen

Jeanette Brooks said:

Another approach that you might want to try is to insert your movie into a Media Tour interaction in Articulate Engage. When you add your movie to your Media Tour interaction, you can choose to include a playbar and auto-start the movie. Then you can add the Media Tour as a slide in your course. You can also specify in Presenter's Slide Properties that you want the slide to auto-advance, so that when the movie's done the presentation will move on to the next slide automatically.


Additionally, I like to use QuizMaker in a similar fashion.  You can create a survey with a blank slide, and when you insert your Flash video you are asked if you want to include controls.  If you use a transparent player template for your Quizmaker slide you end up with a quick little video player that you can use anywhere in your Articulate Presenter presentation, controls and all.

Peter Strate

Jeanette Brooks said:

Hi there When you insert a movie into Presenter, in your movie options you can choose "Advance automatically when movie finishes" and "Synchronize slide and movie." If you do that, the seekbar on your player controls will also work as a playbar for your movie when the learner views that slide. When they're watching the movie, they can use the seekbar on the player controls to scrub forward or backward in the movie if they want to. And when the movie finishes playing, the slide will advance.

Another approach that you might want to try is to insert your movie into a Media Tour interaction in Articulate Engage. When you add your movie to your Media Tour interaction, you can choose to include a playbar and auto-start the movie. Then you can add the Media Tour as a slide in your course. You can also specify in Presenter's Slide Properties that you want the slide to auto-advance, so that when the movie's done the presentation will move on to the next slide automatically.

Hope that helps.


OK, you say that if I check "Synchronize slide and movie." the seekbar also works as a playbar for the video - but that doesn't work for me! I import FLV into my slide, and then publish it with just that Video slide in it. Been trying a lot of publishing, but the seekbar doesn't work for advancing the video in it. Am I doing something wrong? I think I've tried all possible settings when I do the import of the video.

Like to know how to do it, right now I use the Video tour approach I found here instead...

Justin Wilcox

Peter Strate said:

Jeanette Brooks said:

Hi there When you insert a movie into Presenter, in your movie options you can choose "Advance automatically when movie finishes" and "Synchronize slide and movie." If you do that, the seekbar on your player controls will also work as a playbar for your movie when the learner views that slide. When they're watching the movie, they can use the seekbar on the player controls to scrub forward or backward in the movie if they want to. And when the movie finishes playing, the slide will advance.

Another approach that you might want to try is to insert your movie into a Media Tour interaction in Articulate Engage. When you add your movie to your Media Tour interaction, you can choose to include a playbar and auto-start the movie. Then you can add the Media Tour as a slide in your course. You can also specify in Presenter's Slide Properties that you want the slide to auto-advance, so that when the movie's done the presentation will move on to the next slide automatically.

Hope that helps.


OK, you say that if I check "Synchronize slide and movie." the seekbar also works as a playbar for the video - but that doesn't work for me! I import FLV into my slide, and then publish it with just that Video slide in it. Been trying a lot of publishing, but the seekbar doesn't work for advancing the video in it. Am I doing something wrong? I think I've tried all possible settings when I do the import of the video.

Like to know how to do it, right now I use the Video tour approach I found here instead...

I would suggest you submit a case by following the steps below.Please create an Articulate Presenter package, then upload the zip file to our server. You can review how to do this here: http://www.articulate.com/support/presenter09/?p=457Upload the resulting zip file from your computer to our server using this upload form: http://upload.articulate.com/Please be sure to include a description of your issue, your version of PowerPoint, version of Windows and version of Presenter '09 which you can find in Help and Support -> About Articulate Presenter. Please also include the URL for this thread so we can follow up with you in the forums.
Jeanette Brooks