Determine placement of screen recording in SL 360

Made a screen recording at screen dimensions (screen size = Story size), then decided it could use an extra 100 pixels of white space above. When I increased the Story size the recording popped to the top of the slide, leaving the extra white space below. Is there any way to place the recording so it is at the bottom and the extra white space at the top?

Thanks,

Joanna

9 Replies
Ashley Terwilliger

Hi Joanna,

It looks like you've added these as step by step slides to your course? If so, the sizing and position of those can't be adjusted after you've added to your course. The images that are generated are added to the slide's background. That ensures they keep their location consistent as a learner transitions between slides and that anything like mouse movements is consistent between slides too.

Joanna Miller

Thank you for clarifying this, Ashley. My goal is to save the white space above the recording for instructions that display throughout. Using SL360, Is there any way to add stepwise slides from a screen recording at my required dimensions (1280x720) while maintaining 100 px of white space at the top of the slide? 

Ashley Terwilliger

Hi Joanna,

There isn't an option to allow you to add that white space in a specific location, as when you change the story size to something larger your two options are: 

  • Scale to Fit: This scales existing slide content to fit proportionately within the new size. Objects that have locked aspect ratios will maintain their ratios. Objects that don't have locked aspect ratios may change shape, depending on the slide size you choose. (Learn more about locking aspect ratios.)
  • Fill Background: This keeps the current slide background and applies it to the new size, but it doesn't resize your slide content. If you choose this option, use the corresponding Story Position drop-down to choose where existing content should appear on your slides.

You could look at creating the recording in a separate file, and once published and hosted on your web server embed that in a new course where instructions are added to the screen. 

Ashley Terwilliger

Hi Joanna,

There isn't an option to allow you to add that white space in a specific location, as when you change the story size to something larger your two options are: 

  • Scale to Fit: This scales existing slide content to fit proportionately within the new size. Objects that have locked aspect ratios will maintain their ratios. Objects that don't have locked aspect ratios may change shape, depending on the slide size you choose. (Learn more about locking aspect ratios.)
  • Fill Background: This keeps the current slide background and applies it to the new size, but it doesn't resize your slide content. If you choose this option, use the corresponding Story Position drop-down to choose where existing content should appear on your slides.

You could look at creating the recording in a separate file, and once published and hosted on your web server embed that in a new course where instructions are added to the screen. 

Ashley Terwilliger

Hi Joanna,

There isn't an option to allow you to add that white space in a specific location, as when you change the story size to something larger your two options are: 

  • Scale to Fit: This scales existing slide content to fit proportionately within the new size. Objects that have locked aspect ratios will maintain their ratios. Objects that don't have locked aspect ratios may change shape, depending on the slide size you choose. (Learn more about locking aspect ratios.)
  • Fill Background: This keeps the current slide background and applies it to the new size, but it doesn't resize your slide content. If you choose this option, use the corresponding Story Position drop-down to choose where existing content should appear on your slides.

You could look at creating the recording in a separate file, and once published and hosted on your web server embed that in a new course where instructions are added to the screen. 

Ned Whiteley

Hi Joanna,

You do have one other option open to you.

When you record your screencast and import it into your Storyline file as a step-by-step process, the video is centred in your slides. Obviously, if you are recording at the same size as your slide dimensions, the video will also fill the slide.

However, if you want some white space around your video, all you need to do is to set up your slide size first and then record at a smaller size. Because the video will centre itself when imported, you will have to accept the same space both above and below your video and/or to the left and right (if you make it narrower as well).

This does, however, give you plenty of scope to be artistic in how you show your video, by allowing you to set up a template complete with company logos, background colours etc and then have your video fill the remaining space in the middle. The image below is a very quickly put together example of a step-by-step process slide set up in a basic template.