Dealing with Audio Files

Jan 04, 2018

Hey All,

I hope you are all well.

Is there a way to upload an audio file and reuse it in different scenes and layers? I have an audio file that needs to be played on a number of pages but I have to reupload it numerous times which increases the size of the file, which affects bandwidth.

Is there a more efficient way to do this?

Kind regards,


5 Replies
Nicole Legault

Hi Suleman, 

Thanks for posting your question here in the E-Learning Heroes Community! One thing you might consider is creating a Slide Master to create a slide which has the audio clip on it. If the audio clip is on a layer, you can go to the "Feedback Master" (under the "View" tab of the Storyline ribbon) and also add an audio effect to a layer. 

Here's a few tutorials on working with Slide Master and Feedback Master:

Techno10 Lorrain

You are right. Instances are in the .story file. Once published, it will create files accordingly.

In order to achieve lightweight audio, you need to compress it. You should checkout you publishing setting in Properties/Quality and set the audio bitrate to a lower setting.

I tried it live while answering to you. I used a 3 megs audiofile, insert it onto a slide, duplicate it 2 times. I have now 3 slides with the same 3 megs audiofile. My published file is 2.7 megs. My audio compression bitrate is at 96 kbps.

In the story content folder, I have 3 files with a 10:1 ratio. My total audio files size 1 meg. 

You might digg the compression setting in the Publishing Properties.

Nicole is actually giving the best pratice for repeated media in a storyline production. I will give it a try to see if audio files behave the same way once published.

Keep me posted!


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