As we noted earlier, after recording a video screencast you have the option of inserting the video as a screencast tutorial which will play on a single slide. Or you can insert the video as a series of interactive slides that simulate the software.

In this tutorial, we'll explore how to insert interactive simulations. 

Watch this video first, then follow the steps below to practice.

Practice Activity

Once you have a recorded video you can reinsert it as a simulation. So we’ll just reinsert the PowerPoint video we recorded earlier. But instead of adding it as a video, we’ll add it as an interactive simulation.

  • On the Insert tab, click the drop down arrow on the Record button. That will display all recorded videos.
  • Select the PowerPoint video we recorded earlier. 

  • Then select the Step-by-step option. You can see that we have three options. For this demo, we’ll select Try mode steps.
  • Click on Insert. That will insert a series of slides with hotspots that link to the next slide. The hotspots are the mouse clicks that were recorded during the video recording. 
  • Review the slides. Take a look at the feedback layers in the Slide Layer panel. Notice the feedback layers? Storyline generated captions with text instructions. Notice the hotspots on the slides? Look at the Triggers panel and review how the hotspots are triggered to the next slide.  
  • Preview the scene and test the interactive simulation. What happens when you click in the wrong area? 

Once the content is on the slide you can edit it like any other slide—add characters, shapes, text, interactive buttons, etc. 

That’s basically it. Record your computer screen and then make the choice of either inserting a video clip of the entire screencast or a series of interactive screens to simulate the software. In the next tutorial, we’ll look at how to edit the interactive simulations.