Adding a video to timeline in Storyline - why doesn't the video get added at its original length?

When I add a video (usually .mp4) to an existing timeline in Storyline 2, the video ends up being stretched to the length of the timeline instead of just being added at its original length. Audio narration files that are added don't do this, but videos do it every time.

Is there a simple solution to this so I don't have to retime video files to their correct length?

4 Replies
Andrew Kay
Walt Hamilton

Videos are by default set to play to the end of the timeline. If you add a video, then immediately right click it on the timeline and deselect show until end, it will show at its true length.

If you do any other action first, it won't work.

Thanks! All this time and I never knew that one.

Robert Watkins

That is a rather poor experience for the user and also not documented anywhere in their user guide. It also  doesn't 'play' until end. It just takes the last frame and shows that until the end, not even sure what use that is, but I enjoyed the twenty minutes of frustration it took me to resolve the issue. 

Nick Sondej

I'm learning that adding video to slides is an extremely user-unfriendly experience.  If you happen to stretch the video in either direction even after following Robert's suggestions it can also add extra frames (of just the beginning or end of the video) and somehow I managed to get the video to start halfway through? Still haven't figured that one out.

Articulate folks -- Storyline should ABSOLUTELY show us where/how long the original video is. Video tools feel very half-baked at the moment.