How Can I Use a Captivate Recording for Step-by-Step Simulation?

Hi Heroes,

Here's a dilemma I am facing. I am working on a project where I need to do software simulation. I need to 

  1. Step-by-step View mode
  2. Step-by-step Try mode
  3. Step-by-step Test mode

Normally, not a big deal...if I was the one doing the screen recording. The problem is my client INSISTS on having one of their people do a Captivate screen recording for the course and then giving me the file to do the simulations.

The following Articulate Support page says I should be able to do it, but only shows how to import the Captivate Flash file screen recording: http://www.articulate.com/support/storyline/how-to-insert-captivate-content-into-storyline

When I import the Captivate Flash file, it plays okay as a video, but I can't figure out how to now do the

  1. Step-by-step View mode
  2. Step-by-step Try mode
  3. Step-by-step Test mode

Thoughts?

3 Replies
Michael Hinze

Normally I would suggest running the Captivate .swf file and record it in Storyline, but it sounds like the Captivate file is already a DEMO(meaning it already shows the mouse movement, etc.). You could ask the client to provide the Captivate content as a SIMULATION (meaning you would click areas on the screen) with no False or Hint captions and then record that in Storyline.

Rick Blunt

Hi Michael,

Thanks for answering. If I understand you correctly, I could play the Captivate .swf file in a browser while using Storyline to record my screen as the Flash file plays within the browser.

I tried that and Storyline's recording did not capture the Captivate's .swf files click on the target software screen. All it did was capture me hitting my browser refresh button to restart the Flash file. It did not even capture the Flash animation even though I watched it in my browser.

If my client gives me the native Captivate file of their screen recording, is there anyway to import that into Storyline? When I select "Import" all I see is PowerPoint, Quizmaker, Storyline, and Engage.

Michael Hinze

Hi Rick, that's what I wad trying to say. Storyline would not record the mouse movements of a Captivate demo. Only if you are the one 'doing the mouseclicking' would Storyline record these actions. So unless you client provides the Captivate file NOT as demo, but as a simulation (that you can then run, click on items on the screen and record that), there is no way to somehow turn this into Storyline step-by-step file. With the native Captivate file, you could export the captivate screens as bitmaps and then import these bitmaps into Storyline to recreate the Captivate content in Storyline, but that seems like a lot of work.