Audio not carrying over from PowerPoint

May 14, 2014

While importing PPT slides into Storyline, the audio is not transferring.

Any ideas or help would be appreciated.



2 Replies
Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Karen,

Individual slide audio should be imported, but playlists will not as they are not supported within Storyline. 

You'll also want to confirm the following regarding your Powerpoint and Storyline files:

  • Work on your local drive (your C: drive). Working on a network drive or a USB drive can cause erratic behavior, including file corruption, loss of audio, and other unexpected behavior. 
  • You should also make sure the directory path to your project files and your published output is less than 260 characters (for example C:\Articulate).
  • Avoid using special characters, accents or symbols in your file names.
  • That the PPTA file is located in the same folder as the PowerPoint file.  Otherwise, Storyline will be able to import only the PowerPoint slides but not the corresponding Articulate Presenter resources. (Articulate Presenter does not need to be installed to import PowerPoint / Presenter content.)

Please let us know how it's going after checking into those elements.

Pat Samples

Hi Karen,

If you need to extract audio that was not inserted using Articulate from a PowerPoint file then there is a work around.  You can save the orignal PowerPoint with the audio as a pptx..  Next, change the pptx extention to .zip.  You can now open the zip file and you will see a series of folders.  You will find the audio files under \ppt\media.  They will be sequentially named... media1.mp3, media2.mp3 etc... 

Import them back into your Storyline project on the corresponding slides.

Hope this helps.

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