22 Replies
Michael Hinze

You can always:

1. Publish the Storyline project you want to convert to video

2. Run it

3. Record your screen with, wait for it,  Storyline (or some other tool like Camtasia or ScreenFflow)

4. Publish the recording

5. Go into the story_content folder of the published recording and there you find an .mp4 video

Granted, it a 'painful' way and I wish Storyline would have a video publish option. But in a pinch, it might do the trick.

Jill Blaser

Michael Hinze said:

You can always:

1. Publish the Storyline project you want to convert to video

2. Run it

3. Record your screen with, wait for it,  Storyline (or some other tool like Camtasia or ScreenFflow)

4. Publish the recording

5. Go into the story_content folder of the published recording and there you find an .mp4 video

Granted, it a 'painful' way and I wish Storyline would have a video publish option. But in a pinch, it might do the trick.


I actually did this once, but the video quality suffered too much that the final product wasn't worth it. Anyone ever have luck doing this? 

Beth Worthy

Hi Heroes,

I was thinking of doing the same so that I can share it. Thanks again Michael for the great help!

Michael Hinze said:

You can always:

1. Publish the Storyline project you want to convert to video

2. Run it

3. Record your screen with, wait for it,  Storyline (or some other tool like Camtasia or ScreenFflow)

4. Publish the recording

5. Go into the story_content folder of the published recording and there you find an .mp4 video

Granted, it a 'painful' way and I wish Storyline would have a video publish option. But in a pinch, it might do the trick.

John  Orlando

I'm tried this method with the highest output settings possible, and it still yields bad results.  The problem isn't the quality of the ourput from Articulate, but the fact that you are playing and recording at the same time.  I think that this just plain takes up too much processing power to keep up.

Jeremy Manjorin

Hi Leslie,

Same issue here. Have some clients that are struggling to view the output of some of our development efforts, probably due to the config or their laptops or older versions of IE/Flash. So the request came in to publish to an AVI or MPEG 4 instead of the html/swf output. Saw no good way or doing this really...plus would be a nice feature for Articulate to be able to publish directly to Youtube or something like that. Link the account and pub directly in a standard or HD video format.

Thanks,

Jeremy

Christine Hendrickson

Hi Jeremy,

I'm not sure what trouble you had with sharing the project, but if you haven't already, make sure they're not viewing the published files locally. If they absolutely must view it locally, you could try publishing for CD. Just keep in mind that they will need to extract the files and run the .EXE file included with the CD output. 

The only option that comes to mind for a video file is to actually create a screenrecording of the project. Of course, if it's extremely long, it may not be an option for you. 

In the meantime, you're always welcome to share a suggestion with our development team, if you haven't already. 

Thanks!

Bruce Graham

@Colleen - there is a post somewhere here from Nick Russell (I think...) that shows how to record your soundtrack into Audacity, which would eliminate this "record from speakers" problem. You could then add it to the (soundless) screen recording.

Bottom line - Storyline was never developed to be video format, it is an "eLearning" tool - and the whole ethos is to try and reduce the linear flow. I am not surprised that this is difficult, (or at the very least - not easy...)

If you want a video, then it is best specified at the start of the project, and best (probably) to use something like PowerPoint with a .wmv output.

Ralf  Baum

I'll agree with Bruce. If you would like to produce a video than it would the best option to use annother tool.

If you like working with Storyline because it is easy to create content but you need absolutely a video for YouTube than you should take a screen recording tool like Camtasia. (I received some quite good results with Camtasia - that's no advertisement for Techsmith )

Step 1:

Publish your Storyline Projekt in a fixed size (best idea would be to create the complete project in the YouTube size)

Step 2: Play it locally on your machine and record parellely with a screencasting tool. If it is too complicated to click and narrate only record the video. Afterwards record the audio in Audacity or Audition

Step 3: Synchronize the video and the audio. You have in most screencasting tools the possibilty to enlarge the duration of a frame.

Step 4: Publish the material and you'll have a video.

That's not the most "beautiful" solution but if you have no other options......

Jyldyz Williams

There is another way to do it while preserving quality:

Your story output has a Shockwave Flash object (story.swf), which can be converted to MPEG or AVI easily via a special converter.

You can use a free or trial converter version or buy one for ~$50. Search for SWF to video converter.

Results are much better than just recording the screen: I tried that too and did not like the quality of the video.

Alicia Spillman

Not being able to publish to a movie format is a real shortcoming for my projects. i need to be able to upload my courses to an LMS and a file management system to accommodate different audiences.  I already create my demos in Captivate, since it is still stronger in that area. For a current course I am going to have to transfer all my Storyline slides to Captivate and bring over the audio portion for each, one at a time. Looks like going forward i will need to build entire courses in Captivate instead.

Ali Goulet

Hi Alicia- Thanks so much for taking the time to explain your need for this feature; I can certainly understand the frustration in this instance. I would highly recommend also sharing your thoughts  with our Product Development team by way of this form.

Articulate Storyline publishes a collection of files for each course, which allows the content to progressively download elements. This means your content will have faster download and playback times. Currently, as you know, Storyline doesn't support publishing to a single SWF (Flash) file. There have been a few ideas shared in this thread for ways to accomplish this, but it's good to keep in mind that if you record your course with a screen recorder to make an mp4, you'll lose any sort of interactivity with the course itself. If it's a course that learners need to watch only, however, this may be a great alternative. 

Ashley Terwilliger

Hi Stephanie,

It looks like you're on a trial of Articulate 360 (including Storyline) thru February 25th. I see a Storyline 3 serial number associated with your email as well, but if you believe you were supposed to have Articulate 360 instead, our Account Management team can help look that up!

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