Well-synchronized audio and animation can give learners that smooth flow you want in your course. To synchronize them perfectly, try the cue points feature in Articulate Storyline. Let’s take a look at how easy it is to use cue points to deliver a seamless multimedia experience to your learners.
What are cue points?
Cue points are markers that you insert at precise points on the timeline. They help you visually define when objects should appear and disappear.
Adding cue points
To add a cue point, right-click in the timeline where you want the cue point to appear. From the drop-down menu, select Create Cue Point at Playhead.
If you’re working on a slide where you need to sync multiple objects and animations, you can quickly set multiple cue points while you listen to your slide’s audio. Simply click the Play button in the lower left corner of your timeline and press your C key each time you want to insert a cue point.
Once the cue point is set, you can click and drag the cue point to change its position.
Aligning objects to cue points
Once you’ve set one or more cue points, you can use them to line up the timing for your objects. Simply drag either the left or right edge of the object to align with the cue point in the timeline.
Need a more precise method? No problem. Right-click an object in the timeline and select Align to Cue Point from the drop-down menu. If you have multiple cue points, you can select a specific cue point for your object.
Deleting cue points
Let’s say your client sends you an updated audio file that requires you to resync your animations. If the audio changes are small, you can easily click and drag the cue points along the timeline to update their position.
On the other hand, if the updated audio requires a full resync, it might be easier to start from scratch. To delete all your existing cue points, right-click anywhere in the timeline and select Delete All Cue Points.
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