Changing Speed of Audio in Articulate Storyline?

Nov 20, 2013

I'm working on creating some Articulate Storyline projects for a class I teach.  Our current videos are MUCH less engaging and interactive and are simply the professor in front of a web camera lecturing.  One things students LOVE to do is to speed up the audio / presentation of the video.  Most students can listen and absorb items much faster than we can talk about them.  I have some audio/lecturing slides in Storyline (e.g. when I do a voice-over of a screen capture or talk about the basics of financial statements).  I'm wondering if there is anything I can add to the player that would allow students to control the speed of the audio.

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Eric Santos

Hi, everyone!

I have some great news to share. We just released another update for Storyline 360. In Update 83, we've included important fixes and new features!

One of the new features we've included:

Launch the Articulate 360 desktop app on your computer to take advantage of this update, and click the Update button next to Storyline 360. You'll find our step-by-step instructions here.

Please let me know if you need additional help!

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I am not sure what you mean by Rise 360 Player? I was not aware that Rise360 has a "player", apart from the web-based screens? Could you elaborate what you are talking about please so I can investigate and test this?

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Leslie McKerchie

Hello Your Accredited Training Provider,

This feature request has not made it to the top of our list yet, but we are still tracking the user requests. I wanted to share some information about how we manage these feature requests as that may be helpful.

To see what's currently on our radar and being worked on, check out this link:

Articulate 360 Feature Roadmap

The Rise 360 feature is for video playback and you can read about that here.

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Leslie McKerchie

Hi Morton,

I do not have an update at this time, but we are still tracking and monitoring the requests and you can see my latest update right above your question.

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Georg Volmer

I have just created a feature request on this topic. To all subscribers of this discussion: Please also create a feature request if you wish to have this feature. Articulate Storyline is the main tool to create learning content with audio for me. The ability to use this content in a self-paced manner is very important to our learners.

Clinton Otte-Ford

Yes, everyone reading this, please make a feature request for variable speed of the timeline (and all of the audio, animations, video on it)! Thanks @Georg for the nudge.

This feature will allow learners to skim content that is more well-known and slow down content that is more complex. Also, humans can easily comprehend speech that is much faster than normal spoken rates:

"Most research has indicated no loss of comprehension or intelligibility at playback speeds of two or even three times normal speed. Cameron Earle, who is helping to commercialize variable-speed playback applications developed by Brigham Young University, said that most students chose rates that were 80 to 120 percent faster than normal with no decrease in test scores." (from the New York Times in 2003, bold added for emphasis; link:

As someone else said in this thread, this has also become an expected playback feature in the most common players, namely YouTube and Vimeo. Adding this feature will keep Storyline modern and help users engage better with learning.

Lauren Connelly

Thanks Georg and Jamie for checking in on this feature request!

We are still looking into a feature that allows learners to control the video speed in Storyline 360. Our team evaluates feature requests alongside their queue of bug fixes, new features already on the roadmap, and other projects. When it’s ready, we share the good news!

Concetta Phillipps

I love Articuate, but their lack of response on this issue has been supremely frustrating. Considering that updates to the player are currently in development, this seems like the ideal time to add this feature into the system. Considering that speed of playing is not only a user preference issue but an accessibility issue, it would seem like it would complement the accessibility upgrades well.  

I've added a feature request when I first saw this. I'm pretty sure I've requested it multiple times. I'm not sure what else to do other than be frustrated.

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Good morning,

I would also like to know what has been done to facilitate this functionality. Please could the Elearning Heroes address everybody in one communication on the status of this so that we do not receive these individual emails, as we are not the responsible parties to provide status, we are part of the original formal request for this functionality.

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Dwayne Schamp

Definitely needs to be implemented. This is common day usage in today's video/audio market, and I was doing this 30 years ago with Authorware. Lectora also allows this feature through variables. I'm glad Storyline is easy to use and quick creation is always a plus, but some expert type features need to be added as well. Thanks! 

Dwayne Schamp

So the current roadmap for SL360 is text box update, 360 images, and updates to the player.  Hmm, don't really see anything addressing the concerns and requests of the majority of users of this tool. As it has been mentioned, Articulate as a company was much more responsive in the past. It seems there are now to many tools to focus on one at a given time to increase the functionality for the creative designers and developers. Adding in, as I have requested variables for all sorts of fields (position, size, rotation, speed), as well as others have, the response of the dev team is non-existent. Some (or maybe a lot) of us are very experienced users, usually held back by the decisions of upper management on which tool to use. By increasing the base functionality of your core product, you would gain much respect and more champions.