Join David Rivers for an in-depth discussion in this video Inserting video, part of Up and Running with Articulate Storyline 2.
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- Audio is not the only media you can bring into a Storyline 2 project, you can also work with video. Could be a video file you already have, or if you have a webcam connected to your computer you can even record your own video on the fly, just like we did with our recorded narration. Let's take a look at how to insert video into our New Employee Orientation project. Orientation0404, if you're getting caught up. We're gonna change scenes here, let's click the drop down here at the very top and select Marketing.
Next we'll scroll down so we can see the last slide, which is our Video Public Service Announcement slide, 4.3, give that a click. Now all we have here is a placeholder for our video, it's a rectangle that we can click to select and then delete by pressing the delete key on your keyboard. We don't really need that. We're gonna insert the video right in here. Notice down below some instructions in a text box that say Click to play. Now one good habit we should get in to, especially when we import slides from PowerPoint, like we did to get this project started, is to label things properly.
Down below you can see two text boxes, next to them on the Timeline you can see, or get a hint about what they contain, like our title Video PSA. I'm gonna double-click that Text Box, then type in Title. I'm gonna double-click Text Box here for our instructions and type Click to play like that. That's readily identifiable now because we've labeled them and it's a good habit to get into, labeling everything on your Timeline, just for the ease of recognizing and working with those objects in your Timeline.
Okay, all we need to do now is insert our video I have one for you. Let's click the INSERT tab, go over to the Video drop down here in the Media section. Clicking the drop down shows you that we can go get Video from a File that already exists, that's what we're gonna do in a moment. Other options though include getting Video from a Website. Let's say it's a YouTube video, for example, you want to link to you can do that by choosing Video from Website. And we could also Record our own if we have a webcam attached. Let's go to Video from File.
Next we'll navigate to the Chapter4 folder of your Exercise Files, there it is, it's KinetEco_PSA, notice that it's a MPEG video, or MP4 video, and down below on the bottom right you can see the different formats we can bring in, there's quite a long list. Shockwave Flash, there's Flash Video as well, AVIs, WMV, or Windows Media Files, movies, QuickTime Files, .qt, or .mov files, there's the MPEGs, Digital Video, lots to choose from here.
And with Video Files selected we'll see all different types listed in this folder, there's only one, it's our KinetEco_PSA-MPEG-4 video. Give that a click and click Open. Now it is gonna be inserted right there on your slide, and you can see, in it's original size. Just looks like a black rectangle right now because the first frame in our video is this black screen that you see. Now we have handles that we can access to click and drag to resize this, we can move it around like any other object.
We'll get it fairly centered here under Video PSA. That might be a good size right there. And with it selected you'll also notice an OPTIONS tab opens up under VIDEO TOOLS, so if we wanted to we could preview by clicking the Preview button to play the video clip, let's go ahead and do that. Alright, clicking the stop button shows me that is the one that I want. Also we have some options now for what people will see along with this video. Notice that Show Video Controls is defaulted to None, so it's automatically going to start, it's right down here on the Timeline, but if we want we can click this drop down to allow them to see Video Controls Below the video, and it actually opens up here, you can see it down below.
This way people know the length of the video, how far along they are, and there's a play button and a pause button if they need to pause. Now with this showing up you can see it takes up more room on our slide and actually overlaps our graphics, so I'm gonna size this down a little bit by clicking and dragging from the bottom right corner and I'm gonna move it into position, so it's a little bit better centered here and this might be the right spot. There we go, nothing's overlapping, and we still see the entire video along with our controls down below.
Notice also we have a Show Video In slide, that's the default. If you prefer that people view this video in a separate browser window, click the drop down and choose In new browser window. That way it's not viewed right on the slide here, it opens up a their default browser in a new window to view the video. I'm gonna leave it at In slide. The video will play Automatically by default, but we can click the drop down. Instead it could be When we click it, or From a Trigger. Let's say where it says Click to play video down below, we wanna turn that into a trigger, we could do that by choosing From Trigger and creating a new trigger to play this media.
I think better would be just When Clicked because it's right there on the slide. So we'll choose When Clicked. There is also the ability to adjust the Volume. Now we did do a quick preview of it using the Preview button, sounded pretty good. But the Volume adjustments include lowering it, or increasing it, and there's Mute as well. I think Medium was good. There will a volume control that appears when the video starts playing, so the user can increase or decrease the volume if they want to. And there's also a Video editor.
Now typically the video you bring in will already be edited and ready to go, but there are some things we can do with the Edit Video option built right into Storyline 2. Let's give it a click. You can see things like trimming. For example, if we wanted to trim the beginnings or the ends click Trim, and you'll see there's a trim here on the left and on the right, so we can take some off the beginning and the end if there's dead air. We don't really any, so we'll deselect Trim by clicking it again. We could also Crop the area on our screen that we wanna focus on, don't think we need to do that either because our video's pretty good.
There's the same Volume control. Increasing Brightness and Contrast, or decreasing those can be done over here using the arrows. We could Insert a Logo. It's nice copyright protection, maybe the KinetEco logo on top of our video, in case someone tries to copy it. And over here we could choose a different video, Reset the Video, if we've made too many changes and wanna start from the beginning, all options from this built in editor. Also a play and stop button down below and the timeline. Alright, let's just go up here to the top right corner and close up this editor and that'll take us back to our slide where we can preview this by going down to the play button, give that a click to preview it right on the slide.
You can see it's showing us everything but the video, the video needs to be played by clicking the play button. And we can pause it from there too. To really get a good feel for what this is going to look like we should go to the Preview button and choose to preview This Slide. Now you can see it's actually preparing the video and this slide and that's what appears by default, nothing happens automatically until we click play.
Alright, pressing pause pauses it and you can see with our controls we know how far along we are, how much is left to go because we chose to show the controls. There's our volume control as well, if we wanna decrease or increase that volume, users can do it using that button. Let's click Close Preview. That's all there is to inserting video into your Storyline 2 project.
In this course, David Rivers introduces Storyline and helps authors start building their own interactive content. Learn how to plan a Storyline project, create a presentation using all of the different assets and elements, work with audio and video, and publish a project. You'll also discover how to assess the effectiveness of an elearning experience using Storyline's quiz features.
- What is Storyline?
- Understanding elearning
- Starting a new project from scratch or from PowerPoint
- Inserting new scenes and slides
- Adding images, animation, and characters
- Recording narration
- Inserting video
- Creating review questions
- Publishing your project for web or mobile distribution
- Publishing to an LMS