Having an imported .mp4 video into Articulate play full screen

Jan 03, 2017

Hi! I have tried all different ways of trying to import an .mp4 video into articulate and have it play 'full screen' to no avail. I have tried including/not including the 'menu', have the player settings to have it launch in a new, resizable browsers, changed the actual size of the play for 'custom' - nothing works! It could be that I just need to do future recordings using Articulate but I thought I would ask. I am not going to re-record this video as it was already approved for usage, and we CAN view the video fill screen outside of articulate, but it looks much nicer when it's wrapped in articulate along with its reference guide attached. It's just that so small in the player that it is hard to see.

Thanks so much for your time! Jocelyn Hankins


14 Replies
Alyssa Gomez

Hi Jocelyn!

Thank you for sharing the screenshot here. If you want the embedded video to play full-screen within the Storyline player, you'll want to adjust the Player Properties to 'Resize browser to fill screen' and 'Scale player to fill browser window'.

Also, it looks as if the dimensions of your Story Size do not match the dimensions of your video, which is the reason for the gray bars above and below the video. 

I hope this helps!

Jocelyn Hankins

Hi! My goal is for the video to launch ‘full screen’.


If we play the video outside of Articulate it works just fine. It’s when I load it into Articulate that we lose that capacity of 'full screen'. This is the first video that I have imported into Articulate that won’t launch full screen.

I am attaching the original video. The dimension used in articulate are the 'standard' of 720 x 540; those were not changed.


Alyssa Gomez

Hi Jocelyn,

The full screen button shown below isn't available if you import the video as an MP4 file. You could continue to stretch the video like an image until it takes up as much screen real estate as possible. 

Another option is to insert the video as a Web Object (for example from YouTube or Vimeo). That would allow you to us the normal video controls, which often include full screen viewing. If you insert the video as a Web Object and you don't see the full screen button, it could be because the web browser is restricting fullscreen mode for embedded iframe content.

The Learning Hub NV (2)

Dear E-Learning Heroes,

We are currently looking for a fullscreen mode for imported .mp4-files. Has anyone managed to work around this shortcoming? Embedded videos already have a fullscreen feature built-in, but we'd like to use the feature for all imported .mp4-files.

The Learning Hub.

Kelly Auner

Hi Jocelyn and Anneleen,

I have some great news to share! We just released a really cool feature that allows you to add a player toggle to let learners view courses in full-screen mode.

To take advantage of this update, launch the Articulate 360 desktop app on your computer and click the Update button next to Storyline 360. You'll find step-by-step instructions here.

Please let us know if you have any questions by posting here or reaching out to our Support Engineers directly.