I am brand new to captivate and incredibly frustrated. I'm
trying to record a web site walkthrough and have selected
"Demostration." No matter what setting I change, the mouse only
moves when I click, but I want to point to things as I narrate. Can
anyone help me understand how to make that happen?
Captivate doesn't exactly work in this manner. Basically here
is how the process works. You open an application. You open
Captivate and configure it to record the application. There are
different ways to record. You elected Demonstration. When recording
in Demonstration mode, the following happens.
Where you click or type, Captivate captures the screen. The
screen capture becomes the background image for the slide. The
mouse coordinates are tracked. In other words, where it started and
where it stopped. So each slide has a single mouse movement. On the
first slide where mouse movement was recorded, you may adjust the
start and end spots. But each slide afterwards only offers you the
ability to adjust the mouse ending spot. The starting spot is
determined by where it STOPPED on the slide before.
You may wish to investigate using Full Motion Recording
(FMR). But if you choose to go that route, you need to be aware of
some factors. Captivate was never designed to be a Full Motion
product. It's better than it used to be, but far from perfect. If
you do record in full motion, keep it very brief. Just a few
minutes worth. If you find this method of recording and playback
are what you feel are best, you will find yourself constantly
frustrated with Captivate. In that case, you should investigate a
different product that was designed with full motion in mind.
Camtasia Studio, Fraps or one of the others.