Best App for Video-Only Courses?

I'm searching for the best authoring tool/authoring method for video-only courses that can be produced/exported in a SCORM-compliant ZIP package. I've read many forum/blog posts out there comparing various authoring tools, but I haven't read any that address the creation of a course made up of only a series of HD video with no interactive components. The only SCORM reporting requirement is "completion" marked by the viewing of 50% of the video lessons. 

My understanding is that Presenter/Studio/Captivate are made for more interactive courses that contain components such as click boxes, quizzes, etc. I find when I'm using an extremely low percentage of an application's features, or when I'm turning a lot of features off, there's likely a better way to go about it altogether. My courses are simply a string of videos that should be played from one to the next, advanced manually by the user.

Each course is made up of about 50 HD (1920x1080) videos, and I'm finding all of these apps to be sluggish and crash-prone when dealing with large video components, even on a very high-performance machine.

I'm wondering if anyone has had a similar experience and if there's another authoring tool, even a manual-code option, that might be a better way to go. Thanks!

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Brian Hendrix

You might solve your problem by putting them on a video hosting service instead of embedding them.

In any case, you could also consider using a tool like Camtasia. It can package videos as SCORM objects.

https://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-camtasia-8-scorm-packages.html

You could download a trial version and see if it does the trick.

If you just want something free which can create SCORM packages you could try this:

http://www.mindonsite.com/en/product/mos-solo/

Wall Street Prep

Thanks Brian,

Would love to be able to embed from Vimeo/Youtube, but unfortunately I'm creating for a client who doesn't allow access to video hosting services :( ... 

Have you used Camtasia before for something like this? I explored that option a bit, but it seemed it was made more for exporting single videos as SCORM vs gathering 40/50 large MP4s and packaging them as one course? I should've added in my original post that the table of contents produced by tools like Presenter or Captivate is also a requirement... There does need to be some clickable TOC/navigation so users can see where they're at. 

Brian Hendrix

Let me get back with you on that after I give it a try. Camtasia is on the laptop back at home.

I normally use markers in a single video to indicate different items in the TOC but I need to make sure it also allows multiple videos.

The lag that you are mentioning though is probably not an issue with Storyline or Captivate. You may be running up against some bandwidth and hardware issues because essentially you are attempting to stream video from the LMS.

Would getting them to allow a private video hosting service through the firewall be an option?

 

Brian Hendrix

Well Camtasia packages each video as an individual SCORM package so that won't do the trick by itself.

You could try generating each video as an individual SCORM package (in Storyline) and then use Simple SCORM Packager (http://jcasolutions.com/ssp)  to combine them. That might allow each video to stream individually as the SCORM objects are accessed. That might work.

Brian Allen
Scott McCarthy

Each course is made up of about 50 HD (1920x1080) videos, and I'm finding all of these apps to be sluggish and crash-prone when dealing with large video components, even on a very high-performance machine.

My experience in working with any of these authoring tools, including Camtasia, is that loading this much video into one "course" will result in instability of the app.  It seems to be just a little more than what they're designed for.

If your client will not support streaming from youtube or vimeo, it's possible that they have an internal server that the videos can be loaded and served from. If so, that would allow you to use a tool like Storyline and load each video into a web object. Then you can use Storyline's tracking to require 50% of the videos have been viewed, etc.

Here's more info on web objects...  https://community.articulate.com/series/4/articles/adding-web-objects-in-articulate-storyline-2

Brian Allen

I would also question if the videos need to be full HD...  Most modern monitors display a max resolution of 1920x1080, and if the player takes up any of that space (along with the operating system taskbar, etc.) then there is no way that the videos are being displayed to the end user in full HD, unless they're being popped out of the player in some way.

Compressing the videos to something smaller, even 720P, would cut down on a bit of the file size, as well as make pre-loading easier on the user end. 

In all reality, even 720P is probably over doing it a little...  I would probably consider reducing the frame size and file size of the videos.