How to publish in MP4 format?

Dec 06, 2012

I need to publish my project in MP4 format.   Is that supported?   Please explain how to do it.   If it's not supported, when will it be supported?    What do you suggest I do until then?



75 Replies
Trevor W

Sure. I just thought that Articulate might benefit from adding my voice as a customer to the chorus of users for whom this feature, which is not in any way limited by technology or their ability to implement it, continues to be an ongoing source of disappointment in their product. 

Steve Flowers

Have to say, I think this would be a really useful feature and might not be a heavy lift (says the guy that never has to touch the code).

One of the things I love about similar tools (an HTML5 development tool that's only available on Mac whose name I will not mention) is the native ability to output video files from the animations.  Clean as a whistle and easy to generate.

Trevor W

I wonder how the people actually affiliated with Articulate feel about their "Hero's" condescending attitude towards user criticism. 

I know a thing or two about coding, dependencies, scope creep, etc... This is linking existing functionality into a new configuration and adding a menu item. If it took more than a week of coding and a week of QA I'd shocked. Video transcoding is already a part of the suite just not as an end product. 

Considering there are pages of search results with users complaining about the lack of this industry standard format over the course of several years, it seems worth it. 

Leslie McKerchie

Hello Rena!

I assume you are following up on the original question of publishing to an MP4?

This is still the current set-up, and the following explains why:

Articulate Storyline publishes a collection of files for each course, which allows the content to progressively download elements. This means your content will have faster download and playback times.

Currently, Storyline doesn't support publishing to a single video file, such as MP4 or SWF. If you'd like to see this feature, please let us know.

I invite you to check out Steve's solution here on a way to work around that if needed.

Rena Towles

Oh. I totally thought you could since I see video in the content editor.

No, the work around won't work. I think I'll have to go with another company then. I don't need audio as all our courses are read it to yourself, but I truly thought you could make a video at least.

Okay well thank you for the info.



Rena Towles
Homecare Compliance Coordinator
Medline Industries, Inc.

Phone: 847.643.3864 or 770-3864

Leslie McKerchie

Hi Rena! 

You can certainly record and utilize video in a course. I just want to make sure that's clear as your subsequent post made me doubt that I understood your original question.

You CAN use video and add video - that's why you see it in the toolbar.

There is not a default option to publish to MP4 as the content is intended to be interactive e-learning.

Hope that helps!

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Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Terry, 

I certainly understand if you don't see a need today for the other tools and options in Articulate 360. As far as the published content, both Storyline 3 and Storyline 360 will have HTML5 first/only publishing and use the responsive player which was a big request from a lot of Storyline 2 users and may be enough for you! If you're in need of other new features such as text-to-speech, publish to video, etc. those are only available in Storyline 360. 

Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Shevi,

Yes, if you need a copy of your Storyline 2 course as a standalone video you could look at using the screen recording option in a separate Storyline file. Keep in mind, things like system audio may not have the same quality during the recording as when you inserted the audio initially into the course.

Once you've completed the recording in Storyline you can follow the steps here to export it as an MP4. 

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