Filesize query?

Hi,

I've been working on a specific project for a while now which has quite a lot of media files in it.

What I've noticed is that as there have been 4 or 5 different edit of those files added to the project over time, the filesize of the .STORY file keeps inflating as obviously all of those versions are embedded within it.

I was wondering if there was a way of stripping out the now unwanted assets?

Thanks,

Ash

3 Replies
Ashley Terwilliger

Hi Ashley,

You can remove assets you no longer need like screen recording or slide masters you're no longer using, and that's recommended to help with overall file size. If you've included other media, and you've made edits within Storyline such as trimming an audio file or video, I don't believe there is a way to remove the extra components in terms of file size. 

Are things not working as expected for your course or are you  having slow loading times? Is that why you're looking to remove?

Ashley Reynolds

Hi Ashley,

Thanks for the help, I'm going to have to look further into this as I've just done a test on a new file and you're correct, deleting a video from the stage removed that filesize from the .STORY file.

The wierd bit is that I have not seen that reduction in this one file i'm working on.    I'll have to check there's nothing strange going on or something that I've messed up in the file.   (its probably my doing!)

Just out of curiosity - do you know if there's a maximum size that's recommended for the .STORY file?

(This project has quite a lot of videos and audio files in it so it's getting quite large)

Thanks,

Ash

Ashley Terwilliger

Hi Ashley,

A maximum file size or maximum number of slides, is a common question - but there isn't a definitive answer, especially in regards to number of slides as you could have very large video files on ten slides which could be the same file size as a 200 slide course with no videos. How the file performs while your working in it may also depend on the amount of memory available on your system or what other programs are running in the background - so I generally recommend to close out any other unnecessary applications while working in Storyline.

In regards to "odd or weird" behavior, one common cause is working on your Storyline file from a network or shared drive as described here. 

Hope that helps and let us know if you need anything else!