Im having a problem playing flash movies "swf" in Storyline 3

Hi all,

Im having a problem playing flash movies in storyline slides.

I used to import swf files into "Storyline 2" with no problem, but i just upgraded to "Storyline 3" and now when i import and want to get a preview it doesnt work.

Please have a look at the file in attach,

Many thanks,

18 Replies
Alyssa Gomez

Hi Arash and Pierre, thanks for the sample file and screenshot!

If you're using Storyline 3 (or Storyline 360), the Preview function now renders in HTML5.  That means that SWF files will not be available during Preview.  The good news is, you can publish your course (or even just a single slide) for Web and upload it to Tempshare for a quick look at how your course will behave.  Make sure you set your publishing options to include Flash output.

I hope that helps!

Arash Hmi

Thank you Pierre and Alyssa..

My other question is, when i import flash movies into storyline it becomes very slow, i tried to faster the flash movie in adobe flash but that brings the quality of the animation down (Smoothness)
is there any way to control the speed of the imported flash movie in storyline?!?

Crystal Horn

Hello Arash!  When you say that it becomes slow, does the movie play back slowly?  Or does the import take a long time?

I tested a .swf file in Storyline 3, and it seemed to play fine using the timeline playback button as well as when published and played on the web.  I didn't notice a slowing down.

Check out our article on Flash Movie best practices.

If your flash files meet those requirements, can you share one for us to test out?  Thanks!

Arash Hmi

Thank you Crystal, yes the movie plays back slowly. thank you for the article..

Storyline publishes at a rate of 30 frames per second. thats the problem.
and if i bring my animations frame rate down to 30, it will loose quality.

And seems like using SWF files in stoeyline has a lot of limitations No ipad, No google chrome,... which is not good, but thank you anyways... at least i know that now.

Crystal Horn

Thanks for following up, Arash.  You're right that most mobile devices will not support the Flash output.  

Your Google Chrome may need to have the Flash Player enabled so that it will play Flash output.  Here's their article on how to do that with Chrome's current setup:

Coral Brevig

I'm hoping you can clarify something related to this thread for me, Crystal. As Flash becomes obsolete, we need to convert all of our existing SCORM files to HTML5 instead of Flash. Our IT Admins are advising us against using the HTML5-first/Flash back-up publishing option; they'd like us to publish HTML5 only. I'm concerned about several of our SCORM files with embedded media.

The situation:  Publishing a Storyline 3 SCORM file that includes embedded .swf files to HTML5 only; uploading the course to an LMS and accessing the course with a web browser that does not support Flash

The question: The course will work, but will the .swf files? If not, what video output format(s) should we be using instead of .swf?

Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Coral,

If the browser doesn't support Flash, the .swf files will not play (regardless of how you published).  You can add in an MP4 to be natively supported in Storyline, or insert one of these file formats which will be converted to MP4 in Storyline:

  • 3G2
  • 3GP
  • ASF
  • AVI
  • DV
  • M1V
  • M2V
  • M4V
  • MOV
  • MPE
  • MPEG
  • MPG
  • QT
  • WMV