Interactivity in tutorials (Camtasia edition)
Interactivity can be defined as adding quizzes, "click here to continue" flash hotspots, or html links to external sites.
In Camtasia, you can produce files to .swf (shockwave flash) format and choose the Express-Show option. This puts the video and the flash content in one
package. That file is a .swf and plays in all browsers.
The problem is that .swf is not supported as a format in YOutube, Blip.tv or any other free video site on the internet. If you upload a .swf to Youtube, it
converts it to .flv. FLv does not support interactive elements so your quizzes are lost.
So for interactivity, you still need to put your tutorial on a web server. A problem with .swf files is that they tend to be large. This affects bandwidth,
storage charges and may affect performance.
We have been testing to see if you can add quizzes to mp4's. Alas, not yet.
But, you can use interactive elements by producing your tutorial to a .mp4 and then uploading the .mp4 and the .html file to your server.
This makes for fewer files and also smaller file size.
So if you have been producing to .swf and uploading to your own server, change the output to .mp4, you will still get the interactive elements and your files will server much faster.
Apr 14 2011, 6:58 PM EDT by