To lower the filesize of your movies, you can lower the quality of your movies, but that may not be what you want. You can also Daisy chain your movies, see: http://www.gooberguides.com/Mary/DaisyChain.htm. Your demo's can simply be too large to play correctly. Rick can tell you more about Captivate though.
The way you insert movies in RoboHelp seems correct. And saving as an .swf is the way to embed the movie.
- Should I embed the videos in the actual help file or place them somewhere else and link to them externally?
That's your choice. Personally, I embed the images in the project, but not in a topic. The navpane is in the way and you have to have larger resolutions.
Thanks for all the info on this subject so far. Sorry I haven't responded on this until now, but I had to put this on the back burner for a while due to other projects/issues taking precedence.
At any rate, I'm back to working on this a bit and was curious what you used to create the HTML file (outside of RH) in which you embedded your video before importing this new file into the RH project as a Baggage File. I think if I could do this, allow the help and demo to be viewed separately to keep from having to use such high resolutions, this may provide a possible solution to my issue. Also you say at one point, "I import the movie and the HTML file into Robo as a baggage file." I assume you mean the HTML file with the video embedded.
Hopefully Willam won't mind my chiming in here.
When you publish a project from Captivate as SWF, you also have an option to allow Captivate to create an HTML page for you. In fact, the option is typically enabled by default and you have to specifically disable it. At that point Captivate warns you that the movie may not display correctly if you do this.
So if you want the HTML page all set up, you just leave that option selected in Captivate. Then in RoboHelp, you import both the Captivate created HTML page as well as any files such as SWF or FLV you need.
Hopefully this helps... Rick
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I'll let you get away with it this time, Rick
Captivate can output html files for you. Personally, I create a separate file in Notepad to embed the movie, that give me the idea of being in control