Import Captivate Projects into Camtasia

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Following up on this conversation from some years back. Can you give us some better news? https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/is-it-possible-to-convert-import-captivate-files-so-...

We are considering to migrate from Adobe Captivate to Camtasia but we already have a lot of content in Captivate mainly eLearning content with buttons for "next step", mouse over events and quizzes. Is there a way to reuse the content? When we need to change something small (like a typo) in one of our eLearnings we do not want to recreate all of the content just because we bought a new tool.

I am aware that Camtasia does not support the Captivate files by default but maybe you can offer best practices or intermediate file formats to migrate as much of the content as possible. Or maybe you have a hidden (developer) feature that allows to reuse as much as possible. Maybe there is an "import a HTML5 project" or an "import a SWF project" somewhere?

We cannot believe that we are the only ones that try to migrate without rebuilding all their content. How did other customers solve this problem?

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erik.groenhaug

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I think the best way to start, is to see what types of information you are able to extract from captivate. Is it pissible to export EDLs? Do they have files containing info about what elements an when applied? Such info would make it easier for Techsmith and the community to answer
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I can export a project to publish it as

  • flash (version 10; 10.2; 11 - with or without SCORM)
  • HTML5 (with or without SCORM)
  • executable (.exe or .app)
  • .mp4 (without the interactive elements)

I can save as a Captivate Project (.cptx or .cptl).

And there is an export called "Flash CC" and "Flash CS6".

Unfortunately not that many options there.


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You can import .mp4 files into Camtasia.
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True. But without all of the interaction. No mouse over events. No "next slide" actions. No quiz. That is exactly what makes most of our content. That is what we want to avoid, rebuilding all of this in Camtasia.
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I could be wrong, but I don't think there's any alternative to rebuilding them.

What is your issue with Captivate?
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Captivate does not work well with our eLearning platform. There are some known issues. And it is always good to check all options. (And you read a lot that Camtasia is a lot easyer to use.) The downside in changing tools is the rebuilding of all the content.
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I don't do Captivate, but based on what has been posted above, I'd suggest ...

use the Captivate MP4 to start a new Camtasia project

recreate hotspots using transparent callouts placed over the original burned in items

hand enter any captions [assuming you cannout get an srt from Captivate], markers/TOC text, and the quiz questions/answers
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Hi, Gerald,

Rather than redo the Captivate files in Camtasia, which is near impossible because of all the interactivity you probably have in Captivate, I'd do the following:

1. Publish your Captivate files as HTML5 and post them online wherever you like.
2. In Camtasia, in the video you create, insert an Annotation.



3. From Visual Effects, add an Interactive Hotspot to the Annotation.



4. Choose URL and insert the URL for the published Captivate file you have online.
5. Be sure to keep the Open in new browser tab checked.
6. Keep the Pause at End checkbox checked too.



7. Share  your video with the video controller option.
8. When you play your video through the HTML file that Camtasia created, it will stop when the Annotation appears. (It won't work to just play the MP4 file.)
9. You can choose to ignore the click and press play to keep going or you can click the link.
10. When you click the link, it will launch the Captivate file.
11. When you close the Captivate file, you'll be returned to the video and you can press Play to continue.

Insert as many of these as you like in a video.

Here's an example I just created below. I don't have a superfast server so be patient.

http://www.elearningjoe.com/camtasia/cp/Dogs.html
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Good to see you here Joe!
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Thank you for the guide. That could be an option. But we would still have to use Captivate to edit the files.
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Captivate and Camtasia are quite different as you know. There really isn't a way to create all that interactivity in Camtasia. Camtasia is a great tool but not one I'd be pulling out for what I use Captivate for.
Joe's got a very creative suggestion for you though and hopefully that will work!
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As I feared. It seems the tools are way to different for a migration scenario. The combination would be the best option, hopefully I will be able to get both tools in our shop. Thank you for all the help.