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Using Captivate. To create Multimedia Presentations. What is Captivate. Software that allows you to: Create single-concept presentations on a specific topic. Screen capture any desktop application (for tutorials).

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using captivate

Using Captivate

To create Multimedia Presentations

what is captivate
What is Captivate
  • Software that allows you to:
    • Create single-concept presentations on a specific topic.
    • Screen capture any desktop application (for tutorials).
    • Import a folder of image files and add narration, animation or an interactive quiz.
    • Turn a PowerPoint into a flash slideshow with graphics, narration and background music.
how does captivate work
How does Captivate work?

The Captivate Workspace consists of:

  • Work areaor stage– where you can “see” the imported images, sounds, and animations
  • A timeline that allows you to set the duration of each part of the animation.
this is the work space
This is the Work Space


Work area

here s what a timeline looks like
Here’s what a timeline looks like:

Graphic appears


Graphic disappears

Seconds elapsed

Animated Text

Narration begins

Caption displays

Each time you add an object, a corresponding timeline is created.

each slide
Each slide
  • Represents an intricate interaction of sounds, animations and graphics.
  • Each item fits in its place and contributes to the overall effect.
planning is essential
Planning is Essential!
  • Storyboard your project
    • Know what you want to present, and how you want to sequence ideas.

(Captivate has a storyboard option.)

  • Gather materials:
    • photos, images, sound files, background music, etc.
if you are considering a captivate project ask yourself
If you are considering a Captivate project, ask yourself:
  • How much time do you have?
  • What kind of content do you have?
  • How is that content best delivered?
    • Can it be delivered better in another format?
  • Will content change or remain constant?
pros cons of captivate
Pros & Cons of Captivate
  • Pros:
    • Creates an impressive presentation
    • Creates a presentation that appeals to different learning styles.
    • Presents content in flash format (no need to have various programs such as MS Word or PowerPoint installed).
about flash files
About flash files:
  • Flash files are high quality with a quick download time
  • Require user have a flash player on the computer

Player available on most computers, or can be downloaded.

  • Requires time & patience to create a good presentation.
    • Be prepared to spend quality time!
  • May not be suitable to all content
    • information that changes often.
    • lengthy presentations of any sort.
    • Presentations that are largely verbal.
  • It may be difficult for students to locate specific content easily—the presentation moves along at your pace, not the student’s!
when should captivate be used
When should Captivate be used?
  • To present a useful single concept.
  • Whenever a visual element is essential to communicate ideas.
  • For PowerPoint that do not already have narration & animation.
  • When a “show & tell” tutorial is needed.
  • To narrate pictorial presentations.
which of these is suitable for captivate
Which of these is suitable for Captivate?
  • Welcome Message
  • Syllabus and Orientation
  • Demonstration of WebCT tools
  • Tour of WebCT classroom space
  • Student presentation
  • Excel tutorial
  • Demonstration of a homework solution.