How to show time remaining next to the seekbar

Feb 12, 2016


I have slides with audio inside. Obviously audio has not the same duration form one slide to another.

I'm looking for a way to show on the slide, let's say next to the seek bar, the remaining time. So the user can immediately see if the slide is 10 seconds or 10 minutes long.

I already saw the solution when there is a video, but didn't find the same for an audio.

Thanks for your feedbacks and suggestions.


11 Replies
Deidre Ellis

Hi Alyssa and Leslie,

Is this still not a feature in 360? The problem I am finding when I use the video controls is that if a user goes to a specific time on the video control, it does not correspond to the timing of the slide. So, if I have other elements, layers, or triggers associated with the slide timeline, they are no longer in sync with the video. Is there a workaround for this? I have submitted a feature request to have the time remaining show on the seekbar, but need a solution more quickly.

Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Deidre,

Thanks for reaching out here! Another idea if you're using the video controls is to look at placing a transparent shape or hotspot over top the video controls. That way the user can still see it, but they're unable to click on the seekbar and move it along. 

We haven't adding the time/duration element to the player seekbar yet, but our team tracks and categorizes all feature requests based on the method here. 

Walt Hamilton


The attached sample slide shows the time remaining on the video, which is synched to and controlled by the slide seekbar.

The secret is to start and end the slide when the video starts and ends. That way, the slide seekbar controls everything; the objects, the video, the slide, and everything is synchronized.

If you need to take action during the video, pausing the slide timeline pauses the video.

If you need to take action before or after the video, put them on the preceding or following slides. If you don't put transitions, the user will think it is all one big slide, because it moves seamlessly from one to the other.

Deidre Ellis

Hi Walt, yes, I initially used an object to cover majority of the video control seekbar, but I am not a fan of how it looks aesthetically.  I also don't like that you can all of a sudden see the seekbar progress as you get to the end of the timeline.  

I'm not sure if this is something you use in developing courses, but you might want to consider putting a transparent object over the portion of the video control seekbar that is showing so that the user can't click on it. 

Edward Smith

Based on what I am reading here, the answer is likely: no--but I thought I'd try.

I'm trying to learn Articulate Storyline 360 as well as I can during my trial period. Looks like a great product (I'm a Captivate user). I'm trying to control the pacing of a scenario-driven environment, and allow the learner to advance to the next slide on their own. But I do want the length of "linger" time to be limited by varying amounts.

I'd love to put a variable on a slide that displays the time remaining before auto-advancing to the next slide. Is that possible?

Thanks in advance to any responders.

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