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Screencasts help learners get familiar with systems and software before they dig in for themselves. In his post, you’ll learn how you can create high-resolution recordings that display every important detail using Storyline.

The secret to pixel-perfect screencasts is making sure that you capture and play your video at around the same size. If you shrink or expand your screen recording to fit your slides, you’ll end up with a final product that’s blurry and hard for learners to follow. 

The screen recording tool in Storyline makes it really easy to avoid this problem, since you can create screencasts at any size and customize the recording options to minimize scaling. Here’s how you do it in a few easy steps:

Note: In these steps, we assume you’re adding a screen recording to a new project. If you set a new story size after building your course, you may need to move objects around to fit the new dimensions.

First, you’ll want to determine the average or target screen resolution for your learners. This article provides some helpful context about screen-size trends. Do your research, talk to learners, and make an informed choice.

Then, set your story size to the target screen resolution you’ve chosen. Since your aim is to avoid scaling, it’s important that your player and recording dimensions match the story size you’ve chosen. To do this, set your player size to “Lock player at optimal size. When you’re ready to record, set the recording area to the same dimensions.

Bonus tip: If you’re switching between different software in a single recording, this helpful post from Tom Kuhlmann has a cool trick for making sure all your windows display at the right size.

There you have it! You’ve just added a new technique for creating high-resolution screencasts to your e-learning development skills list. 👏 

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Start a free 30-day trial of Articulate 360 to build high-resolution screen recordings in Storyline 360 and so much more. And be sure to come back to E-Learning Heroes regularly for more helpful advice on everything related to e-learning. If you have questions or screen recording tips to share, leave a comment!

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