Can .SRT subtitle files be used in Storyline?

Sep 26, 2013

Does anyone have any experience of using .SRT subtitle files in Storyline at all?  The videos we have are held on YouTube and embedded in to Storyline as web objects. 

The issue we have is that the subtitles are sitting half in the black bar at the bottom of the video and half over the actual video, which makes them hard to read.  I've tried re-sizing the web object, moving them manually and saving but can't seem to get them so that they play in the black bar at the bottom.

In addition, the font of the subtitles is very small and ideally we'd like to increase it.

We wondered if there might be a way to fix these issues using the .SRT file directly in Storyline?  Or if anyone knows of any other way to fix the two issues?

Many thanks for any help you're able to offer.


4 Replies
Leslie McKerchie

Hi Poonam!

There is not a way to utilize a .srt file in Storyline. This is something that users previously put in a feature request for and it does look like it is on the horizon for 360. You can check out this documentation for suggestions in the meantime.

Here's a grid that compares Storyline perpetual versions (Storyline 1 and Storyline 2) with Storyline 360 feature by feature.

While Storyline 360 has more than 20 new features, there are three major ways Storyline 360 differs from Storyline 2. 

First, Storyline 360 includes a responsive preview and responsive player. What that means is that you can now see what your course will look like on different devices before you publish. Then you can publish your course with one click for delivery to all those devices. The HTML5-based player detects the device and orientation your learners use and then provides the best possible viewing experience for that device by getting rid of browser chrome, hiding sidebar menus, etc. The best part is that you don’t have to do anything extra as a course author to make this work. And if you do move to Articulate 360, you can open and republish your Storyline 1 and 2 courses, and they’ll then be viewable via the responsive player. 

Second, because it’s part of Articulate 360, Storyline 360 integrates with Content Library, which has thousands of high-quality templates and characters that will help you create beautiful courses faster. I encourage you to check out Content Library assets here so you can see the breadth and quality available: Keep in mind, we’ll be expanding this library all the time. 

Finally, also because it’s part of Articulate 360, Storyline 360 integrates with Articulate Review, a simple web app that lets you share and gather consolidated feedback on courses from your stakeholders. We’re already hearing from many e-learning developers that Articulate Review will dramatically speed up their projects. 

Those are the main ways Storyline 360 differs from previous versions of Storyline. The key point to remember is that because it’s part of Articulate 360, you’ll have access to a ton of other apps, content, and even training with Articulate Live. Also because it’s a subscription, we’re able to release new features to Storyline 360 faster. For example, we’ll add closed-captioning and tables as soon as they’re done. 

If you’re interested in getting Storyline 360 as part of Articulate 360, keep in mind you’ll qualify for a significant first-year discount if you’re a customer. 

And if you’d like to stay with the perpetual version of Storyline, no problem. We plan to release the next perpetual version of Storyline in 2017. We’ll share news of it in the community when we have a firmer date.

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