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Some observations & notes, in case others get the same problem that Macca73 and I have reported here:
When Captivate's Screen-Capture functionality failed and the program hung...
I was running Captivate2 all by itself -- no other application was running.
I have 3 gigabytes of memory on my WinXP system.
I ran a suite of RAM-memory diagnostics overnight. There are no problems with the memory.
I had captured only about 10 slides, when the capture function failed and the program froze.
(Macromedia) Captivate 1 still captures screens properly... problem is only in Captivate2.
I reinstalled Windows on my system.
I uninstalled and reinstalled Captivate2.
Same results when I tried Captivate2 again. Captures a few screens, then hangs permanently.
I rebooted several times and brought up Captivate2 again. Same result... capture a small handful of screens, then program hangs.
Our client insisted we give up on Captivate and try Camtasia. I'm in the process of learning Camtasia now... will report here if there are any interesting results.
Is there any chance you can use both?1 person found this helpful
I use camtasia for full-screen captures @ 1024x768.
It works good as long as I am not flying all over the screen with the mouse.
I publish the camtasia recording as a 30fps swf.
I can then insert an animation slide into my captivate2 project (using the camtasia swf). It seems to work wonders.
Inserting flvs seems choppy, even @30fps. Inserting the swf onto an existing slide produced artifacts, and had transparency issues.
I never had any luck with full motion captivate2 recordings longer than 5-10 seconds. I think Rick and Larry both had mentioned it wasn't designed with that in mind. :D Both tools together is the optimum at the moment. In the future, I know there are a LOT of users who would love to see some kind of meeting of the minds, or even a marriage between camtasia and captivate functionality.
Thanks for the tips.
I'm also experimenting with an approach of using Captivate1 (instead of 2) to get all my screen-captures, and then opening the finished project in Captivate2 to do fancy stuff like navigation controls (letting the user jump to desired sections of the movie, etc.).
Kind of clumsy, but screen-capture DOES work in Captivate1, even though it doesn't work in Captivate2.
I'll keep your notes in mind while exploring Camtasia...
By chance have you tried closing Captivate and clobbering or renaming the .dat file? I know that I've seen issues with recording that have been resolved by this approach.
Close Captivate and use Windows Explorer to navigate to the following location:
C:\Documents and Settings\????\Application Data\Adobe\Adobe Captivate
Note that ???? will be different for each PC you examine. Usually it has your login name.
Now rename or delete the captivate_v20.dat you should find there.
Restart Captivate and test.
Hope this helps a smidge... Rick