Articulate Storyline 3 Screen Recordings and Adobe Premiere
I use screen recordings in my courses frequently, and unfortunately the video editor in SL3 is not that great. Which is okay - it's not a video editing program! So, I export the video as an MP4 and edit in Adobe Premiere, where the functionality is there. I was running into issues with the video looking great in Premiere, then it would look fuzzy and bad once I exported it. After some research, I want to share what works for me so others may benefit from it.
- When screen recording in SL3, select "Full Screen" under the screen recorder. If you have a widescreen/modern monitor, it should default to 1920 x 1080. This is what you want.
- When creating a new project in Premiere, under the "capture" section, set it to "HDV"
- Create your sequence. I use the setting "AVCHD 1080i25(50i)," but Adobe prompts me to change it and I do. Still trying to figure out the exact settings.
- When importing the file, if Adobe tells you: "The clip does not match the sequence's settings. Change sequence to match the clips setting?" Click "Change sequence settings." Again, still trying to figure out the exact settings.
- Edit whatever you have to edit.
- When ready to export, select File>Export>Media. In the "format" drop down menu, select "H.264" NOT BLUERAY
- Select "Match Source - High bitrate" under "preset"
- Export the project, and marvel at how crisp the text and detail looks!
Hope this helps
EDIT: Here are the video settings, straight from Articulate.
"Tip: MP4 videos will be exported with a compression format of H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, an encoding profile of High @L3.0, and a frame rate of 25 fps."
This is why i say to select "AVCHD 1080i25(50i)", because that has a frame rate of 25 fps and 1920 x 1080 resolution. Adobe still wants me to change it (step 4) so I do, but this seems to be the closest setting.