Flash Video insert issue

I have narration on a slide, and I have a flash video inserted on that slide that plays independent of the slide and starts X number of seconds into the slide so that when my narration ends, the video then starts exactly on time (and the presentation moves to the next slide as soon as the video ends)...in the preview it functions just as I intend.  When I put it on the internet, it took a couple of seconds for that video to load, but apparently, the timer was still ticking as my presentation moved to the next slide about two seconds before the video actually ended.  Now that the presentation is in my cache, when I refresh and watch again, all is well, but for that person who sees this for the first time, if it takes a second for the video to load, I don't want them to miss anything.  Any suggestions?  Thanks.

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Brian3 Batt3

Hi Brock,

There's a few different things that you can do.  First, you could set the slide in Slide Properties so that it manually advances to the next slide instead of automatically.  Alternatively, you could add some faux audio to extend the length of the slide.  In your scenario, you might look at an additional 5 seconds.  Finally, you might try making a copy of the slide.  On the first slide, you would play the audio along with just a thumbnail of the video.  When the narration completes, you would automatically advance the user to the next slide where the video begins playing immediately.  If you set it to be in sync with the slide, it should advance automatically to the next slide upon completion.

Would any of those workarounds work?

Brock Culpepper

Breaking it up into multiple slides was my best solution here.  I have another scenario with the exact same issue...only this time, it is in a tabbed interaction.  The image, is an swf video that lasts, let's say, 10 seconds.  For my recorded audio on the slide, there is 11 seconds of silence, then my narration expands on what the video states.  With high speed connections, no problem.  With slower speed connections, if it takes time for the video to load, then my narration starts talking on top of the video which has audio, so that is problematic.  I could put more silence in front of my narration, but then, for those with high speed connections, when it works properly, there is too much dead space, and it doesn't flow properly.  Since this is a tabbed interaction, the multiple slides solution that worked on the others obviously isn't an option.  Any thoughts there?  Thanks.

Brian3 Batt3

Hi Brock,

Would it be easier to put the audio that you're wanting to play on the Introduction step of the Tab interaction?  Then, put the video on the next tab?  You could go into Interaction Properties & set it to automatically advance through the steps.  Thus, the video would play after the audio from the introduction tab is finished.

Another workaround might be to create a screenshot of the Engage interaction, paste it into the slide previous to the interaction, play the audio there & then automatically advance to the actual interaction when the narration is complete.  Would that work?