Can inserted video via embed code be made autoplay?

I'm a beginning user and this is my first foray into Storyline support forums, so please be kind!   :-)

I'm inserting a video from a website via embed code into an insurance open enrollment presentation. The options menu in Storyline 1 gives me a checkbox to have the video load automatically, and it does so when I test the final presentation online via our Dropbox site.

But there's doesn't seem to be a way to also get it to load and then play automatically. The video comes up, but with the standard play button and requires interactivity from the viewer.

How do I get the video to load automatically when the slide timeline begins, then autoplay, then go on to the next slide when the video concludes?


Many thanks for any help!


Here's the video URL and embed code . . .

<iframe src="//" allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" class="wistia_embed" name="wistia_embed" allowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen oallowfullscreen msallowfullscreen width="640" height="360"></iframe><script src="//"></script>


13 Replies
Leslie McKerchie

Hi Dave! 

That looks like it is being controlled by the website/video that you are utilizing. When you go to the website, you must click play as well.

Not sure if you could add anything to the embed code to overwrite this, but the Storyline software is not controlling this behavior.

Hopefully someone in the community will be able to further assist.

Dave Kraus

Thanks, Leslie. That's what I was afraid of. The URL I included above is the only one I can get. The Transamerica site appears to use Wistia, which is apparently a service that hosts their video that allows them to track response and traffic. Normally I can usually right-click on the video window and grab the video URL, but on this site when I try, all it gives me is screen settings and info about Wistia . . . no separate URL for the video itself. I'd really like to include an autoplay to insure that viewers will see it.

Dave Kraus

OK, bumping this up to see if anybody can tell me . . . Can a third party website video be inserted as a web object (or any other item) into a Storyline presentation AND then have the video on that page play automatically, THEN move on to the next slide in Storyline?

Is this possible? If it is possible in Storyline, any advice on the correct procedure would be much appreciated! We want to insure that our viewers will watch at least some of the video. If the only way to insert this video is to send them to the third party website, then force them to click on the video, that's not good enough.

If it's NOT possible, I still need to know so I can move on to trying to obtain the website video as a standalone file and then insert that into my presentation to play automatically.

Thanks for whatever anyone can tell me!


Leslie McKerchie

Hi Dave! If the 3rd party website is not set to auto launch the video or does not allow the option to, then there is not a way for Storyline to overwrite that. 

If you wish for Storyline to maintain control of the user viewing the video and the ability to proceed with the course, I would recommend embedding the video.

Hopefully if anyone in the community has dealt with something like this, they will be able to chime in and assist as well.

Dave Kraus

Hi Leslie . . . As it so happens, somebody else here at my place just now showed me how to get around this. You can go to the website with the video, then do a record screen from within Storyline. I think you end up with your cursor starting the video as part of the recording, but the rest goes fine. So that solved my particular problem.

Dave Kraus

Hi Mike . . . Thanks for joining in. I don't have access to Wistia or any of its settings. I just know that the video does not autoplay when it comes up in the Transamerica window. The viewer must click on it to start it. I just know it was done with Wistia because it says that when I right-click on the vid window.

Mike B.


I just got a chance to look at this. You should be able to force the video to autoplay by adding the "autoplay=true" variable to your embed url. Here's a sample: "//" from this page:

FYI, IOS devices will not autoplay no matter what you do.