How to show the time of the video?

Dec 01, 2016

Hi heroes!!

Is there any way to show the time of the video?

Learners may want to know how long does it take to watch the video, and how much time did he watch.


27 Replies
Alyssa Gomez

Hello Wally! Within the Video Options, you can choose to Show Video Controls. Choose Below video from the drop-down to add a separate playbar to the video, so learners can play, pause, rewind, and fast forward it. Learners can also see the length of the video within the playbar. (This option isn't available for website videos other than YouTube videos.)

Wally Yang

Thanks Alyssa! It works!! ^_^

But I insert a shape(with 100% transparency) in front of the video to avoid user  directly click on the video to control it.(If I choose to Show Video Controls, there will be two control bar, a little bit strange...)
Also, I want the screen looks like learners are setting in the classroom, watching the video playing from the projector.

Simulation screenIs there any other way? (Such as variables?)

Alyssa Gomez

Hi Wally - great to hear! And yes, enabling video controls is the only way to display the video time/duration. You can choose to remove the seekbar in the player if you wish (so you don't have two seekbars). To remove the seekbar in the player, click the gear to open the Slide Properties window, and de-select 'Seekbar'.

Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Brittany,

Sorry, you're having trouble with the video controls, but I'm here to help! I can see you've enabled them from that screenshot but without seeing the slide in question it's difficult to say what could be going on. Are you able to share a copy of your file with us? If so, you can upload at this link using the Add Attachment button or you always have an option to share privately with our Support Engineers. Either way, we'll delete it when done testing. 

Also, the option to show video controls will only work on videos you've added from a file, not on website videos. 

Let me know if you're able to share that file, and we'll take a look! 

Leslie McKerchie

Hey Brittany,

Thanks for sharing your .story file so that we could take a look.

When previewing your slide, I noticed that I wasn't seeing all the information that I could see on the slide.

I slid the video to the right and noticed that it's larger than the slide:

A quick shrink and the video displays as expected :)

Let me know if that works for you as well.

Kendra Davis

I agree with Torre. The design of the video controls is not pretty. We've started just enabling the Seekbar for specific slides that have a video that aligns with the length of the timeline. It would be GREAT if a timestamp could be added to the Player Seekbar. 

It does not seem like this should be a difficult improvement to implement. 


Becca Levan

Hi Kendra, 

Thanks for sharing your thoughts here! This feature hasn't made it on our feature roadmap, but we're currently tracking requests for adding a timestamp to Storyline.

I've added you to the list of votes, and we'll share any new info in this thread. You're in the right place to hear any updates! Here's how we manage feature requests.

Keith Shull

Likewise - please add my vote as well...Without a timer, it's impossible to provide timestamps so users can jump to review specific topics in a video. We've had to resort to including a PDF with screenshots (see attached), which is far less than ideal. It doesn't provide specific time, just a general idea.

Did a feature request ever get submitted for a video timer or are you just tracking people's comments and "votes"? If not, I'll create one.

Becca Levan

Thanks for reaching out, Geethu!

How do you have the video inserted? You won't be able to restrict the controls through Storyline if the video is embedded.

You could, however, add a transparent shape or a hotspot over the web object for the duration of the slide so that the controls cannot be accessed, but then the user will not be able to replay the video if desired.

Feel free to share more details about how you have your video inserted, and we'll go from there!

Graduate Campus

After seeing many many comments/posts that request the same (even from up to 6 years ago), I'm here to be added to that list of users to request that feature (sent my own feature request just a couple of minutes ago). Me and our students would be forever grateful to have a seekbar-timestamp with elapsed time and overall time. 

It would help so much with object animations directly on the slides and with jumping back and forth on a slide with audio and animations for example.