Feature Request: Time Remaining/Elapsed for embedded MP4 files

Sep 01, 2021

Our trainers and learners keep asking for way to see either time elapsed or time remaining on our embedded mp4 files in Storyline. I've found a few workarounds online but none respond to the pause/play button being used. It could be a checkbox on the Video Tools menu: "Show mp4 time remaining" or "Show mp4 time elapsed". The time display could apply to the video file/slide and not the entire project, to allow for branching. quizzes, etc.

This feature has been requested by the e-Learning community for years. We'd be incredibly glad to see it come to fruition.

4 Replies
Joseph Francis

As part of that conversation, we would need to discuss how Articulate interprets the length of video files. Since before I edited video on 3/4" analog tape, time has been measured in hours, minutes, seconds, and frames (HH:MM:SS:FF). 30 FPS (frames-per-second, yes, I'm ignoring 29.97 FPS for NTSC at this point) for video, 24 FPS for film, and 25 FPS for PAL. When I transitioned to Adobe Premiere 3.0, the smallest-possible measurement of time was still frames

Inexplicably, Articulate chose to measure video length in hours, minutes, seconds, and 1/1000s of a second. Since I'm unaware of any consumer-grade (or professional news-gathering grade) camera capable of shooting at 1,000 FPS, I'd like to know how Articulate came up that unit of measure, and how they resolve it with the digital video world's smallest unit of measure.

David Anderson

Storyline's new elapsed time variables might be a good solution for displaying slide w/ video time: https://articulate.com/support/article/Storyline-360-Elapsed-Time-Variables

With triggers and variables, you can create an authentic timer for minutes and seconds: Elapsed Time Example | Review 360 (articulate.com)