Can you place a drop shadow on a scaled video?

Aug 26, 2014

I know how to get a drop shadow on a shape or text, but when I try it on a video I place on the slide, the controls to add a drop shadow appear to be locked and don't allow it. Is this possible or am I just missing something? Thank you in advance for your help.

6 Replies
Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Barry,

It does not look to be an option for the videos. I'd encourage you to share your thoughts here on why you'd like to see this features in future versions of Storyline. Those go directly to our product development team for review as they build and development the next versions of our software.

Barry Romanski

Thank you Ashley. It's entirely an aesthetic consideration. You can do this in Powerpoint with a video. When you add a drop shadow, it just lifts the video off the page a bit, gives it more depth a appears more 3-D like. It would be a "nice to have" in terms of dressing up the slide but it's certainly not a make or break feature. More than anything I didn't want to spend alot of time searching for how to do something that it's not capable of doing. In reading over the varous how-to's, it does say you can add a shadow to objects, text and movies. So I thought perhaps I was just not approaching it correctly.

I appreciate your response.

Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Barry -

You could fake it a bit...what about adding a shape behind the video? You could color it and such to make it look like a shadow - or even place a shape directly behind the video and apply the shadow or such to the shape itself? Just playing around with it a bit on my own, I can see the shadow, although it needs a bit of finessing in terms of making it look good - but the basic concept works.

Jonathon Miller


Please submit this as Ashley suggests. It would be a great feature.

In the mean time, could you:

  • Scale your video
  • Insert a shape directly on top of the video (exact dimensions)
  • Apply drop shadow to the shape
  • Send the shape to the back, behind the video

It's not adding a drop shadow to the video, but it may give you the visual effect that you're looking for.

Unfortunately I do not have a way to test this out. I am playing at the beach today. So, please let me know if it works.