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Open with "Closed Captioning" on, or always show CC

May 11, 2012 1:48 PM

Tags: #closed #cc #captioning #closedcaption

I want to have my projects start with "closed captioning". I tried to down load the little SWF file, from the third party, recommended elseware, but it doesn't seem to work. It says it was made for Captivate 4, and I'm using 5.

 

Any help? Is there another way to set CC as the default?

 
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    May 11, 2012 2:43 PM   in reply to nsmshealth

    You can turn on CC by setting the system variable cpCmndCC to 1 on entering the first slide. I heard that sometimes this will not work immediately, so it could be better to insert a very short first slide, and have this On Enter action at the second slide, so that CP can execute the action.

     

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    May 13, 2012 6:30 PM   in reply to nsmshealth

    Some system variables are READ ONLY.  Sadly the description text for each system variable is not very comprehensive.  Sometimes it will tell you that you can change the value to this or that for a given result, however, many times it gives little or no indication about the READ ONLY status of the variable.  I've requested that Adobe make these descriptions more comprehensive and 'helpful' in the next version.

     
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    May 14, 2012 12:35 PM   in reply to nsmshealth

    In the Properties of each slide you have the Action accordion with two possible actions 'On Enter' and 'On Exit'.

     

    To turn on CC on starting the file, set the On Enter action for the first slide to 'Assign' instead of Continue, then choose the system variable cpCmndCC in the dropdown list and next to With type '1'. This will turn on CC. If there is a lag (depends on several factors), you could insert a first short slide and have this action I described on the second slide. The system variable cpCmndCC is NOT read-only, it can be controlled by you. It is directly available in this simple action dropdown list, you do not even have to write an advanced action. There is only a limited list of variables in this dropdown list, a lot more can be controlled by the user but mostly you'll need an advanced action for them.

     

    Have a look at my articles about variables, perhaps this could clarify things:

    Use Power of variables

    Unleash Power of variables

     

    CCON.png

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    May 14, 2012 12:47 PM   in reply to nsmshealth

    I had already answered the same way before. And was astonished about Rod, normally a more experienced user than me, was talking about read only and confusing you.  This was certainly not meant to be, that is why I posted a more detailed explanation and a screenshot.


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    May 14, 2012 4:21 PM   in reply to nsmshealth

    Hi there

     

    My own guess here is that this is one of the many nuanced changes that we saw between versions 5.0 and 5.5.

     

    Cheers... Rick

     

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    May 14, 2012 8:04 PM   in reply to nsmshealth

    My apologies if my mentioning READ ONLY in the context of system variables confused anyone.  I did say that SOME of these advertised variables are Read-Only and that the description text normally gives you an idea as to whether or not you can set the value.  Perhaps I wasn't clear enough.

     

    It's not really a valid propositon to make ALL system variables writable by end users as this could potentially break the project at runtime.  If you ever have to write your own software one day, you'll quickly discover that end users have a nasty habit of doing things you never anticipated and thereby breaking your product.  So wisdom dictates that you leave some things out of their control. 

     

    For the record, the developer in me would love to have access to even more system variables than we currently do in Captivate. But I think the current list compares quite well against other tools I've seen.

     
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    May 14, 2012 11:23 PM   in reply to nsmshealth

    Hello again,

     

    Very sorry, checked it now in CP5 and indeed this system variable is not in the dropdown list, but it is controllable. So I'll try to explain how to create a standard advanced action to achieve this:

     

    In the Action accordion choose Execute Advanced action (instead of Assign) and click on the brower icon to open the Advanced Actions dialog box:

    AAAction.png

    In this dialog box, name the action, double-click (or use space bar- in the first column and choose Assign (use first letter A you'll have it), confirm. In the second column double-click or use space bar and choose cpCmndCC (first in list), after with double-click, choose Literal, then type 1.

    I did add Continue as a second statement, because contrary to a simple action in the action accordion that doesn't stop the playhead, a standard advanced action is stopping the playhead.

    CCOnAA.png

    Just another tip, if you want to create a toggle for turning on/off CC, you  can use this standard advanced action:

    CCToggle.png

    Hope you are not mad at me. And thanks, Rod for clarifying about read-only.

     

    Lilybiri

     
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    May 15, 2012 8:37 AM   in reply to nsmshealth

    You're welcome, and sorry that I overlooked the fact that you were on CP5 and not 5.5

     

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    May 15, 2012 2:53 PM   in reply to nsmshealth

    Hi Robert

     

    This is what happens when a small amount of time isn't allowed in order for things to "settle" before enabling it. The standard "fix" is to insert a blank slide at the beginning and configure it for perhaps .1 or .2 seconds. once you do that, the CC should be fully visible and function normally.

     

    Cheers... Rick

     

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    May 15, 2012 4:09 PM   in reply to nsmshealth

    Hi Robert

     

    If you had images and replied via email, please note that the forum software strips them out. If you have images to show us, you need to use the web interface to add them in.

     

    Or..... even better

     

    Record a screencast using either Jing or ScreenR and post the link for us to view.

     

    Click here for Jing

    Click here for ScreenR

     

    Cheers... Rick

     

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    May 15, 2012 6:17 PM   in reply to nsmshealth

    Do you happen to have any widgets in this project? 

    There was a widget from one of the developers that repositions the Closed Captioning to be in a box on the side as you described.

    http://captivatedev.com/2011/02/23/adobe-captivate-5-widget-reposition -closed-captions/

     

    I'm wondering if your issue might actually be due to this widget being present in the project and just trying to do its job.

     

    I've never seen the CC text bunched up in the way you describe for any other reason.

     

    
     
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    May 15, 2012 7:24 PM   in reply to nsmshealth

    cpCmndCC is a boolean variable.  It will be either 0 or 1 depending on whether the CC text is off or on respectively.

     

    Your expression cpCmndCC = 1 - cpCmndCC would turn off CC text if it was on (1-1 = 0) but would do nothing if CC was already off (1-0 = 1).

     

    You can only insert a new slide AFTER another slide.  So you can never insert it directly into the first position.  You just drag it up there after insertion.

     

    I would suggest you try copying a bunch of slides from the beginning of your project and pasting them into a new blank project of the same dimensions.  Then check what your CC text looks like.  If it's still truncated, whatever the cause was, you will find it inside those first few slides (I'm still thinking it's either a widget, or a corrupted slide).  If the CC text looks normal after copy/paste, then the issue is likely to be corruption in your project file.  Best solution is to copy all slides to a new blank project and set up your Advanced Actions and Variables again.

     
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    May 15, 2012 7:42 PM   in reply to nsmshealth

    Did you create all of these presentations from scratch or did you inherit this project from someone else?

     

    If you got this from another user, have you inspected every slide in the project to check all layers on their timelines to verify there are no widgets present?  (I've never seen CC text do what yours does without a widget being in the mix somewhere. It could be on any slide in the movie.)

     
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    May 15, 2012 7:55 PM   in reply to nsmshealth

    Robert, I think the issue here is that after you insert the new slide and drag it to the first of the presentation, you then defeat the purpose of adding the new slide because you then configure THAT slide to execute the advanced action to set the variable.

     

    The point of introducing a new slide is to introduce a delay that gives the presentation time to "settle" before turning on the Closed Captioning.

     

    The bottom line is that you insert the slide, move it to the beginning and configure the timing for perhaps .1 or .2 seconds. THEN execute the action on the SECOND slide.

     

    Give that a try and see if things improve.

     

    Cheers... Rick

     

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    May 15, 2012 8:30 PM   in reply to nsmshealth

    Well done Rick!  That's a new wrinkle I've learned today.

     
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