Using Captivate 4 I'm trying to record a web tutorial so users can literally watch an FMV of me carrying out various clicks etc on a website. This should be very simple, but I'm finding one element that is really pi$$ing me off as I cant understand why its happening.
I record the video, its fine; I preview the video, its fine. I then publish the video as an SWF locally and click the "view output" once complete - works fine. I upload the files (swf, htm and .js) to my ftp space and go to look at the live web version of my video - "doesnt work fine".
The mouse cursor leaves all these hideous little marks randomly as well as little marks/lines appearing between characters displayed when I recorded type input. I can not get to the bottom of why this happens. I have spent many nights re-recording the 30-sec long clip using so many different scenarios, different compression options enabled/disabled, trying 16bit or 32bit visual mode, differing ASV2 or ASV3, different frame rates, differnt flash player versions in the "publish" options area - all to no avail.
This one element is really stopping me from doing what I'm trying to achieve and I would be so greatful if anyone else can advise why this happens.
You can see the "finished result" just at www.impaler81.co.uk with the root of the flash file being www.impaler81.co.uk/demo-category.swf and the HTM version being www.impaler81.co.uk/demo-category.htm. The HTM appears fine with the "live" and swf versions being poor. Ive also tried two machines using a combo of IE8, IE7 and Firefox 3 - all occasions show the crappy markings, both on vista.
Is there a particular reason that you want to do it using FMV?
Quite frankly, Captivate does FMV quite poorly and is best avoided if at all possible.
The only FMV I ever use is when there is scrolling happening.
The strange behavior isn't to do with the actual host is it?
Its just odd it works fine until you upload it.
FWIW, I totally concur with Kerry on this. FMV is a dreadful way to work with Captivate.
If you are totally interested in full motion, you should probably investigate other avenues such as TechSmith's Camtasia Studio. Note that I love Captivate to death. But FMV is not (nor has it ever been) a strong point of Captivate.
The artifacting you are describing would seem to imply the final video is somehow being presented at a different size than it was recorded at.