Adobe Captivate 5 is released and available in market. Adobe Captivate 5 comes up with great new features which helps improve the usability and productivity of Captivate users. At the same time every existing feature is important too and has been looked into for improvements.

One of the main features of any e-learning tool is its AUDIO recording and editing capabilities. This post will introduce you to the new layout of Audio dialogs in Adobe Captivate5. Further we will run series of posts to showcase many new enhancements, features and tips and tricks in AUDIO feature.

Menu items has been revised and this is how Audio menu items look –

We also have small icons on main toolbar to invoke ‘Slide Audio’ and ‘Background Audio’ dialogs

Slide audio dialog have a shortcut ‘F5’ it invokes in ‘Add/replace’ tab by default –


As the name indicates, use this tab to add a new audio to the dialog. If any existing audio is present, will be replaced/overwritten if user adds audio from this tab.

When should you use ADD/REPLACE tab:

  • To record, import audio for the first time on particular slide, object
  • To replace the existing audio completely with a newly recorded, imported audio.


‘Edit’ tab should be used to edit the already recorded, imported audio file. Once in ‘Edit’ tab user is exposed to many Audio editing options which he can use to refine the audio data. Any audio recorded in ‘Edit’ tab will be inserted at the playhead position.

When should you use EDIT tab:

  • To insert an audio in between the existing audio. Audio is inserted at playhead position
  • To edit the audio – cut, copy, paste, volume correction, dynamics, Normalize
  • Edit with ‘Soundbooth CS5’ – ELS2.0 feature only.


‘Closed Captioning’ tab is available only for ‘slide audio dialog’. As the name indicates this tab should be used to insert/modify closed captions for an audio file. User can add closed captions directly and modify the markers to set the closed caption timing correctly.


Adobe Captivate 5 also provides a “SAVE” option. Users can now SAVE their changes and continue working to make more changes. Thus user can confirm the changes they are sure of and not lose them. Once all the changes are done user can SAVE and CLOSE the Audio dialog.

We will explore audio feature more and come up with new posts on feature enhancements, usability improvements implemented in Adobe Captivate 5. So stay tuned to the blog!


9 Responses

  1. Dear Adobe Captivate Bloggers:

    Thank you for this post. I just finished putting together my first Adobe Captivate 5 project and there is one last detail I need to learn how to do. I have recorded narration on every slide. I now want to insert background music underneath my title (first) slide and on the conclusion (last) slide. Somehow I accomplished this on the first slide, but I cannot remember how I did it and cannot seem to replicate it on the last slide. I imported the jingle called Corporate Video2 from the Adobe library. When I click on my last slide and go to Properties and click Edit Audio, I hear my narration. When I click on my last slide and then go up to the little music note icon up top on the toolbar called “Background Audio” I see and hear the corporate video jingle I want to lay down underneath my narration. How do I meld these into one audio file? What is the proper technique to add background audio? Should you lay down the background music first and then record audio or the other way around? Is there some little trick or glitch I’m missing? When I preview the project I only get narration, no music, even though when I go to Background Audio, it looks like I have successfully imported the music file. PLEASE HELP! I got this far and want to put this project to bed! Thank you.

    • Kerrin. I know it’s been 3 years since you asked this question. I stumbled onto it because I’m trying to do the same thing. Did you ever get a good answer or figure it out?

  2. Hi!

    Any ideas on how I can have several audio files on one slide and start playing them by selecting different click boxes, preferably with advanced actions attached to them?

  3. Hi!

    Any ideas on how I can have several audio files on one slide and start playing them by selecting different click boxes, preferably with advanced actions attached to them?

    • Yes, you can do so by adding audio files to slides as object audio. Uncheck visible for these objects and then show/hide them using advanced actions. I did something similar in this post, where I’ve created click-reveal text screen. Use the same workflow and remove the text from text caption, make the caption transparent, and add audio to it. Here’s the link to the post:

      • Thx for the reply!

        I did try with adding the audio file to an (invisible) object, and unhide it using advanced action. This only works halfway. The audio file start playing as it should, and also stop if I hide the object again. But if I unhide it once again the audio file continues playing from where it stopped, rather than play from start again. I want it to start playing from it’s beginning. The basic idea is that the user clicks on several objects on the screen and gets additional information from the speech.

  4. I am recording voice over audio for objects on my Captivate project. I am using a USB headset microphone on my laptop (Windows 7). There is a noticeable backgroud hum on every audio segment. I have tried adjusting the pre-amp level and the microphone level and no matter what the settings, the hum is persistent.

  5. I have added the closed captioning to my project and published it, but i can’t seem to figure out how to turn on the closed captivate in the Adobe 9 reader that will be used by my customers to view the movie. How can i make sure that CC is working properly?

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