Helpful Tip: Interactive Video in Adobe Captivate 8

Guest blog post by Erik Lord. Erik is an eLearning professional with over 20 years of experience. He is trained as both an instructional designer and developer, and is an Adobe Community Expert. 

Before we discuss interactive video in Adobe Captivate 8, we need to discuss a little bit about HTML5 video.

While HTML5 video has its advantages — such as cross-platform and browser-native support — it still lags in respect to previous, plugin-supported video. One such disadvantage is the limited support for cue points.

With plugin players such as Quicktime and Flash, you could set cue points in your video that your authoring software (if capable) can hear and respond. And where it is possible, Captivate does not yet support such a feature.

Why would you want to do that anyway? Interactive video is why! With proper cue point and authoring tool support, you could enhance a training piece by not only showing video of how a procedure should be done, but ask users specific questions during playback (as cue points fired) AND actually have the video stop, waiting for a user’s response.

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