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Chapter 10. Captivate & Macromedia Flash... > Exporting a Captivate Movie to Flash...

Exporting a Captivate Movie to Flash MX 2004

As mentioned earlier in this chapter, exporting a Captivate movie to Flash enables the user to view your movie with Flash Player. The power of streaming video can be yours!

To export a Captivate movie to Flash MX 2004

Open a Captivate movie.

Select File > Import/Export > “Export the movie to Flash MX 2004.”

The Macromedia Captivate dialog box opens (Figure 10.1).

Figure 10.1. Exporting your Captivate movie to Flash starts with clicking the Open Flash MX 2004 button.

Click the Open Flash MX 2004 button.

You are prompted to save the Captivate movie as a Flash Project file. The Saves As dialog box opens.

Navigate to the folder in which the file will be saved, name the file, and click the Save button.

A message box opens, giving you instructions for importing the file into Flash (Figure 10.2).

Figure 10.2. The CPT file gets imported into either the Flash Library or to the Flash timeline.

Click the OK button.

Flash opens.

Select File > Import > Import to Stage.

Navigate to the folder containing the Captivate movie (the CPT file), select it, and click Open. If you have some experience with Flash, you also import the CPT file directly into the Library.

The Captivate Options dialog box (Figure 10.3) opens.

Figure 10.3. The Captivate Options dialog box is where you can prevent elements of the Captivate movie from being imported into Flash.

Select the features to be imported into Flash and click Import.

A progress bar appears, showing you the import process. When the file has been completely imported, the progress bar closes and you are informed of any elements that couldn't be imported (loading screens, Question slides, and any Section 508 compliance features built into the Captivate movie will be likely candidates).

Click OK.

If you have slides containing full motion captures, these captures are compiled as separate SWF files. A slide containing a Full Motion capture causes the Captivate Importer dialog box (Figure 10.4) to open. Carefully note the location of these files; if they are not in the same directory as the Flash movie, the movie will not play correctly.

Figure 10.4. Slides containing full motion recording elements will import the slide elements into Flash and include a link to the SWF containing the full motion recording.

Click OK.

A progress bar appears in the Working dialog box. Once the files are imported into Flash, the dialog box closes, and the project appears on the Flash stage (Figure 10.5).

Figure 10.5. A Captivate movie has been imported to the Flash timeline, and the files created during the Import process are moved into the Flash Library.



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