Storyline 1: Adjusting Video Properties

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To adjust the properties of an embedded video, do the following:

  1. Click once on the video placeholder to select it.
  2. Click the Options tab on the toolbar.
  3. Then use any of the following options to change the behavior of the video.


  • Preview:  Click the Preview button to view the selected video.  Click the Preview button again to stop the video.
  • Video Volume:  Use this option to change the relative volume of your video.  (This option is not available for website videos.)
    • Low:  Lowers the volume to 50% of the original.
    • Medium:  Sets the volume at 100%, meaning there is no change to the original volume.  This is the default option.
    • High:  Raises the volume to 150% of the original.
  • Edit Video:  Click this button if you would like to modify your video.The built-in Video Editor will open, allowing you to trim, crop, adjust the volume, and insert a logo.  Click the Save & Close button when you have finished editing your video.  For more information on using the Video Editor, see Editing Videos.  (This option is not available for website videos or SWF files.)
  • Show video:  Determine whether you want to show the video In slide or In new browser window.
  • Play video:  How do you want the video to start playing?  Choose one of the following three options.  (Note:  This property will be grayed out if you choose to display your video in a new browser window -- see above.)
    • Automatically:  The video will start playing as soon as the slide's timeline reaches the start of the video object.  For more information on working with the timeline, check out this tutorial.
    • When clicked:  Select this option if you do not want the video to start playing until users click it.
    • From trigger:  If you would prefer to trigger the video to start playing only after a specific event has occurred, select this option.  To learn more about triggers, take a look at this tutorial.
  • Show Video Controls:  Check this box if you want a separate playbar to be displayed for the video, allowing users to control the video playback. (This option is not available for website videos.)
  • Arrange your video with other objects on the slide by using the Bring ForwardSend Backward, and Align drop-down lists.
  • Resize your video on the slide using the Height and Width fields to designate your desired values in pixels.  The aspect ratio of your video will be maintained.  Therefore, when you change one value, the other value will automatically be changed for you.

Additional Right-Click Options

There are also several options that you can quickly access simply by right-clicking a video placeholder:

  • Preview:  Select this option if you want to preview the video on your slide.  Click anywhere outside the video to end the preview.
  • Set Poster Frame:  If you want to designate a placeholder image for your video, select Set Poster Frame, and then browse to and select the image you want to use.
    • This is especially useful if you have configured your video to play only when clicked, which means your poster frame is the image that will be visible until users click the video to play it.
    • If you change your mind and want to remove the poster frame, right-click the video again, and select Remove Poster Frame.
  • Edit Video:  Select this option if you would like to modify your video in the built-in Video Editor.  (This option is not available for website videos or SWF files.)
  • Change Embed Code:  This option only pertains to website videos.  Select this option if you need to modify the embed code for a video.
  • Group:  Use this option if you want to group a video with other objects on the slide.  This can be useful if you want to rotate a video.  Although videos can't be rotated by default, you can group them with another object, and then rotate the grouped object.
  • Bring to Front / Send to Back:  Use these options to arrange your video with other objects on the slide.
  • Rename:  This option allows you to change the default name (Video 1Video 2, etc) assigned to videos after they are inserted into Storyline.  Another way to rename videos and other objects is to use the Timeline.
  • Size and Position:  This is another way to specify an exact size and position for your video.  To learn more about the Size and Position dialog, take a look at this tutorial.