YouTube Website Videos Behave Differently After Upgrading to Articulate Storyline 360

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When you upgrade Storyline 1 and Storyline 2 courses to Storyline 360, you may find that embedded YouTube videos behave differently if you added them as website videos. (On the other hand, YouTube web objects work the same in all versions of Storyline.)

Why Do YouTube Website Videos Behave Differently in Storyline 360?

In Storyline 1 and 2, we used Google’s API to embed YouTube videos. However, Google made a change to the API in May 2015 that prevented new videos from being embedded as website videos. (If you added YouTube videos to your Storyline courses prior to May 2015, they’ll continue to work properly. Google’s API change only prevented new videos from being added.)

In Storyline 360, we no longer use Google’s API to embed YouTube videos. As a result, when you upgrade Storyline 1 and 2 courses to Storyline 360, there will be some changes to the way YouTube website videos work (details below).

How Are YouTube Website Videos Different in Storyline 1 and 2 vs. Storyline 360?

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YouTube website videos are supported in Flash output but don’t work in HTML5 or Articulate Mobile Player output.

YouTube website videos work in all published formats—HTML5, Flash, and Articulate Mobile Player output.

Tip: If the course you’re upgrading was created with YouTube’s old Flash-based embed code, those videos won’t work in HTML5 output. To make them work in HTML5 output, simply replace the old Flash embed code with YouTube’s newer HTML5-compatible embed code.

You have an option to add dedicated video controls to YouTube website videos so learners can scrub back and forth.

YouTube website videos use YouTube’s built-in player controls unless you disable them in your embed code.

You won’t see the YouTube-branded player in your published course.

You’ll see the YouTube-branded player in your published course.

You can use the volume controller on the Storyline player to adjust the volume of YouTube website videos.

The volume controller on the Storyline player doesn’t affect YouTube website videos. Use the volume controller on the YouTube player instead.