I love the screen recording tool in Articulate Storyline because you can use it to closely simulate real-life tasks inside of different systems and software applications. It’s actually a very robust feature with a lot of customization options and great capabilities—and, it’s super easy and intuitive to use! Let me take you through how to get started with it, and some cool ways to use it in your work.

Launching the Recorder

Like with most things in Storyline, there’s more than one way to start recording. One way is to click the red recording button on the Home tab of the Storyline ribbon at the top of your screen. Another way is to insert a new slide, and select the “Recording Slide” option, which will also launch the recorder.

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Setting The Recording Dimensions

When you start the recorder, the recording tool opens in front of the Storyline application. Before you start recording, though, you should set the dimensions for your screen recording. Simply drag the sizing handles all around the recording area so the area is the size you’d like to capture. You can also use the recording area drop-down list to select a pre-set dimension.

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Setting Recording Options

You’ll notice a little gear icon on the recording tool. Click this to view the Screen Recording Options window and make adjustments, such as to pick which microphone and speaker you want to record. If the application or software system has sound effects you need to record, simply select the Speakers checkbox to record system sounds.

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If you plan to insert your screen recording as step-by-step slides, the audio you record with the original screencast will not be used. Instead there will be silence, but the audio will still be available on the original recording in case you want to re-use it.

There’s another cool feature called Move new windows into recording area. This is helpful if you will be recording a software demonstration or a program that includes multiple windows. To be sure that each window is properly captured within the recording area, you should select this option.

Recording Your Process

Once you’ve specified your dimensions and your settings are good to go, you’re ready to start recording. Just click the red Record button, wait for the countdown, and then complete the process or demonstration in the application. When you’re done, click the “Done” button on the recording bar. If you don’t like the recording, click the garbage icon to delete it, and you can start over again.

Additional Tips

Do a test run: Even if you’re 100% certain everything works perfectly, test it anyway! I have personally learned this the hard way after doing a whole one-hour recording only to realize my microphone was muted the whole time. Recording and playing back a 5-10 second test clip is so important and can save you a lot of time and unnecessary aggravation!

Keep the screen clean: Ideally, you want the application you’re recording to fit snugly within the recording area. It’s best not to see any desktop in the background, or any other applications in your recording. So don’t forget to hide any bookmarks, toolbars, desktop pictures, and the Start menu if you can.

These are a few simple tips to get you going with the Storyline screen recorder. Like with everything in life, practice makes perfect, so play around with the recorder—try it out and do a few sample recordings just for fun. Next week, I’ll talk about the different recording modes in more detail. Stay tuned!

Have any tips of your own when it comes to using the Storyline recorder, or just general tips for screencasting? If so, please leave a comment below.

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Regina Lehotay
Doug Dewan