Articulate Storyline 3 Screen Recordings and Adobe Premiere

Oct 05, 2017


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.

  1. 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.
  2. When creating a new project in Premiere, under the "capture" section, set it to "HDV"
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Edit whatever you have to edit. 
  6. When ready to export, select File>Export>Media. In the "format" drop down menu, select "H.264" NOT BLUERAY
  7. Select "Match Source - High bitrate" under "preset"
  8. 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.

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