Storyline 2: Adjusting Video Properties
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Articulate Storyline lets you adjust the following properties for embedded videos:
- How loud it is in relation to your overall course
- Where it gets displayed
- When it plays
- Whether it has its own playbar
- How it's arranged with other objects on the slide
- What size it is
To access video properties, click once on the video you want to edit, then go to the Options tab on the ribbon.
Working with Video Options
- Preview: Click this button to play the selected video. It'll play on the slide stage. Click the button again to stop it.
- Video Volume: This changes the relative volume of your video. (This option isn't 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.
- Mute: Silences the video.
- Edit Video: Click this button to edit the video. When the built-in video editor opens, you can trim or crop the video, change its volume, adjust brightness or contrast, and insert a logo. Click Save & Close when you're done. To learn more about using the video editor, see this tutorial. (This option isn't available for website videos, SWF files, or FLV videos with alpha channel transparency.)
- Show Video: This determines whether the video displays In slide or In new browser window.
- Play Video: When do you want the video to start playing? Choose one of the options below.
Notes: This property will be grayed-out if you display the video in a new browser window—see above. And it doesn't apply to website videos. Generally, learners need to click web videos to play them. Some browsers still allow web videos to autoplay (if the autoplay feature is enabled in your embed code), but the trend is for browsers to prevent media from autoplaying.
- 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, see this tutorial.
- When clicked: Select this option if you don't want the video to start playing until learners click it.
- From trigger: If you'd prefer to trigger the video to start playing only after a specific event has occurred, select this option. To learn more about triggers, see this tutorial.
- Show Video Controls: Choose Below video from the drop-down to add a separate playbar to the video, so learners can play, pause, rewind, and fast forward it. Choose None if you'd prefer to omit the separate playbar for the video (This option isn't available for website videos.)
- Compression: Choose Automatic from the drop-down to have Storyline compress your video files when you publish your course. Choose None if you'd prefer not to compress your video files. Video quality will be higher, but it also results in larger files. (This feature is only available for MP4 videos created with baseline, main, or high profiles. All other video files will be compressed when published.)
- Arrange the video with other slide objects using the Bring Forward, Send Backward, and Align drop-down lists.
- Size the video on the slide using the Height and Width fields. Enter values in pixels. The aspect ratio of your video will be maintained—when you change one value, the other value will automatically change for you.
Additional Right-Click Options for Working with Videos
You can access several more video options by simply right-clicking a video placeholder.
- Preview: Select this option to play the video. It'll play on the slide stage. Click anywhere outside the video to stop it.
- Set Poster Frame: Use this option to assign a placeholder image to your video. When prompted, browse to the image you want to use.
- This is especially useful if you've configured your video to play only when learners click it. The poster frame will be visible to learners until they click it to play the video.
- If you change your mind and want to remove the poster frame, right-click the video again, and select Remove Poster Frame.
- Edit Video: Use this option to edit your video in the built-in video editor. (This option isn't available for website videos, SWF files, or FLV videos with alpha channel transparency.)
- Change Embed Code: This option only pertains to website videos. Select this option to modify the embed code.
- Group: Use this option to group a video with other objects on the slide. This is useful if you want to rotate a video. Although videos can't be rotated by themselves, they can be rotated when they're grouped with another object.
- Bring to Front and Send to Back: Use these options to arrange your video with other objects on the slide.
- Rename: This lets you change the default name (Video 1, Video 2, etc.) assigned to videos in 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 window, see this tutorial.