create a Downloadable Narrated Powerpoint Lecture
This tutorial will teach you how to import a PowerPoint presentation that has already been narrated into Adobe Captivate; how to publish the presentation as an .mp4; and finally how to upload the .mp4 into Blackboard so that your students may download and listen to it offline.
Importing and Publishing the PowerPoint
- From the Adobe Captivate "Create New" screen, click From Microsoft PowerPoint. Locate your PPT presentation, and click Open. (If you do not see the Create New screen, click File > New Project > Project From MS PowerPoint to locate your file).
- You can adjust the presentation size and remove any slides at this point. (The default size is based on the size of the presentation as it was recorded in PowerPoint. It is recommended to maintain this size).
- Make any adjustments you would like to the presentation in Captivate. Click File > Publish to output the presentation into an mp4 format.
- In the Publish window, select Media from the list of output options on the left. From the "Select Type:" drop down menu, select MP4 Video (*.mp4). Here you can also change the name of your presentation. To select where to save your presentation, click the box with the ellipsis (...) and choose a new destination.
- Click Publish.
Uploading to Blackboard
- Once you have logged into your Blackboard course, select the content area you would like to upload the presentation to.
- Click the Build Content button and select Video.
- Click Browse My Computer to locate your video file; provide a name.
- Set other options as you see fit and click Submit.
- Students can now watch your video embedded in Blackboard using the Quicktime play controls, or they can download the video and watch offline by clicking the underlined link to the video file.
NOTE: Even if a preview does not load in the embedded Quicktime player, the video should still initialize when you click the play button.
If your download does not begin when you click the “Download video file” link, you can right-click the link and select “Save Link As” or “Save Target As.”