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Mediator - Tutorials

Create Flash®, HTML and CD-Rom Presentations

You will need Windows Media Player to view the video workshops. If you do not have it installed, you can obtain it as a free download from Microsoft. These workshops serve as an introduction to Mediator. If you are already familiar with Mediator, please view the Mediator 9 Upgrade Features videos.

All these workshops are created using MatchWare ScreenCorder 5.

Introduction

This workshop introduces the new Mediator workspace and explains how to get started with creating a new presentation. It covers the basic elements and tools of the Mediator 9 interface, the selection between a standard, CD-Rom or Flash project and how to set the basic properties of your project.

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Using the Page List

In this tutorial, we create a screen recording in "real time" to show an imagined user how to format text in Microsoft® Word. Once we have created the recording, we will explain how to use ScreenCorder's controls to navigate through the recording. You will also find out how to use the visual display to identify a particular frame very precisely. This is a very useful feature with many applications. One of them is to ensure the smoothest possible transition between frames when cutting out a section of the recording.

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Creating a Home Page

Here we show how to save a recording as a ScreenCorder project. Although optional, saving the recording as a ScreenCorder project gives you the extra flexibility to make changes later so that you can create your recording in several steps. With a ScreenCorder project you can:

  • Add new footage
  • Modify existing sequences
  • Export the project to a different video format

Saving the project also allows you to keep different versions of it by duplicating the original version.

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Creating a Video Page

This tutorial demonstrates some of the editing features offered by ScreenCorder:

  • Deleting redundant audio and video material at the start, in the middle, or at the end of the recording
  • Inserting new audio and video materialor replacing existing material from a specific point
  • Inserting a new audio sequence or replacing an existing audio sequence
  • Freezing a particular frame
  • Setting markers

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Creating a Contact Page

The new ScreenCorder 5 Multimedia Catalog lets you enhance your screen recordings very easily by adding to them still images, text bubbles, arrows, magnifiers or animated objects, which you can then customize as required via their Properties dialog. This tutorial shows you how to insert still images into your recording to organize it in sections, and how to place a magnifier on a given area of the frame to let the user view it in more detail.

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Programming Buttons

This tutorial explains how to add fixed and animated objects to your recordings. You will see how to add a text bubble or an arrow to draw attention to a particular point of the recording, how to place a label on these objects and how to hide them from a specific frame onwards.

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Exporting to HTML

ScreenCorder now lets you create and insert quizzes at key points of your recordings so that you can assess the level of understanding of your viewers or obtain their feedback on the material presented in your video. This tutorial (the first of 3 covering quiz creation) explains how quizzes are constructed. Note that recordings containing quizzes must be exported as Flash videos (SWF) and can be uploaded as SCORM 1.2 packages on any SCORM 1.2 compatible LMS server (Learning Management System).

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Exporting to CD-Rom

In the final quiz tutorial, you will see how to define actions that depend on the answers given by the user, how to communicate the results to the user via a score card and optionally, how to forward the results to others via e-mail. You will also see how to use markers to redirect the user to a different section of the recording depending on his or her answers.

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Exporting to Flash

As well as letting you set markers, ScreenCorder 5 allows you to tag particular frames of the recording, with a view to exporting them as snapshots. In this tutorial, you will see how to define snapshot points and how to export the snapshots as bitmaps, either as single files, or embedded in a preformatted Word document, complete with chapter headings, legends, footers and page numbers.

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