How to Calibrate a Microphone in Adobe Captivate

Many instructional designers narrate the modules they create in Captivate. The narration can be attached to an object, slide, multiple slides, or as background for the project. Even if you're narrating the entire module, you may wish to narrate one slide at a time; that way, if you make a mistake, you only have one slide to redo. It's worth noting that the best sound quality is achieved using a boom microphone rather than a headset so the mic can be positioned above the level of the mouth. This cuts down on hearing every breath and lisp. The next step is to calibrate, which can be done directly in Captivate.

  1. Go to Audio > Record > Slide.
    Audio Menu
  2. When the dialog box opens, click the Device name.
    Slide Audio Dialog Box
  3. In Audio Settings, click Calibrate Input.
  4. In the next dialog box, click Auto calibrate and recite your test script.
    Calibrate Audio Input
  5. A message will display, "Input Level OK". Click OK to close both the dialog boxes.
    Calibrate Audio Input
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