Captivate has been trying to publish my file to .avi for the past 10 hours. Admittedly, it is a rather big file (51 static slides, 45 or so w/ audio each about 10 - 30 seconds of audio, publishing at 940 x 720 resolution). Computer I'm using is a couple years old, but still should be ok (Athlon 64 bit processor, 2 gigs RAM).
I have successfully published shorter (10 slide) projects but with identical settings to AVI (those took about 15 - 30 minutes). Doing that math, this should have been finished in about 3 hours max.
It's 10 hours later.
Captivate is not hanging, and my processor is continually running at over 50% even w/ no other applications open, so I assume it's still working.
I'm afraid to cancel and restart lest it's close to completing. But then again I have a deadline for client and it's getting close.
Also - why on earth is there no progress bar? So I can tell how far along this actually is? (I don't count the preview screen that pops up as a progress bar, as it never seems to match what is actually happening based on the other projects I published).
Sorry, no real helpful advice to offer here. Not other than to suggest that you report this to Adobe as well as suggesting to Adobe that they consider adding a progress indicator for this action. After all, they are continually working on either a patch or Captivate next.
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I'd suggest you go through a blog post by the Captivate team here : http://blogs.adobe.com/captivate/2009/03/tips_for_publish_to_avi_in_ado.html
This has all the basic information about how you can publish to avi easily.
The most important point is using the right codec. XviD works the best for me.