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Chapter 2. Creating Captivate Movies > Adding Background Audio to Your Movie

Adding Background Audio to Your Movie

You can create background audio for your movie. When you add a background audio track, the sound will play while the slides of your movie are shown. Background audio can be music, sound effects, or virtually any kind of sound you can import or record. Just keep in mind that Captivate can read only a WAV and MP3 files. You'll have to convert AIFF, WMA, and other audio formats to one of these two prior to placing them into your Captivate movie.

You can also use background audio together with individual slide audio for a truly professional effect. This is accomplished by lowering the volume of a background audio track when a slide with audio assigned plays. For example, you can import a music file and have it play while the movie plays. When the movie reaches a slide where there is a voice over narration, the background music track's volume will be lowered while the narration plays. Audio, if used properly, makes the viewer's experience with your work a positive one. The problem with audio, though, is the inevitable tradeoff a developer must make between quality and size. The better the sound quality, the higher the file size, and vice versa.


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