Playback bar can’t control base layer and additional layers in sync?
I’m having a problem with timelines and layers in a software demo. I have two user audiences who, depending on their access type, see slightly different versions of some parts of the software. Rather than create two courses with nearly identical content and audio, aside from these few screenshots, I have the audience-specific screenshots on variable-driven layers that display based on the audience the learner identifies with at the beginning of the course. The audio throughout the course is the same for both audiences. On pages with audience-specific layers, I have the audio on the base layer and the screenshots on the audience-specific layers. In most cases, this has worked fine, but I’m running into problems when I have animations on those audience-specific layers, such as highlight boxes or highlight arrows. If you pause the timeline on those pages, the audio on the base layer pauses as it should, but the animations on the layers keep going (!). I have played with different slide layer property settings, but I have been unable to figure out a way to make the playback bar control the timelines on all layers. (I’m not sure why you wouldn’t want the playback bar to control both timelines, otherwise they can’t stay in sync.)
The only possible solution I can see is to remove the audio from the base layer, and put copies of it on each audience layer, and adjust the layer properties to allow seeking on those layers. However, it’s ridiculous to have two copies of the exact same audio on one slide, when I only need it once. This solution will make my course even bigger and cause potential problems if the audio and its captions are accidentally edited in one layer but not the other.
Is there another way to resolve this issue without resorting to audio duplicates? Am I just not seeing some special setting somewhere that will make the playback bar do what I want?
Thank you in advance!