Importing Camtasia video into Storyline - Optimum settings?

Mar 23, 2013

Hi there

I have used Camtasia in the past for screen recordings and find it a great tool for really robust screen recording work.  So far for my eLearning courses I have been using only Storyline but I've been missing some of the features from Camtasia so I'm trialling it to test out how it integrates with Storyline.

So far - it's great!  I can do all the editing, callouts, zooms in Camtasia and it seems to be carrying them across beautifully to Storyline!

I was just wondering if anyone else has played around with Storyline/Camtasia integration and if you've found that there are optimum settings I should be using?  Or any other useful tips with regards to this integration?

If anyone else is wanting to try Camtasia with Storyline, I'd highly recommend it so far.  One of the things I like to do with my screen recordings is record the screen with no audio and then record the audio afterwards. I just find it is easier for me to edit it this way - lots of other people prefer doing audio and screen at the same time though - but I found this hard to do in Storyline (and in all the other authoring tools, so I thought I'd give the Camtasia a go).  So if you also like doing your audio AFTER your screen recording, maybe give Camtasia a trial.

Thanks - any feedback will be great!


20 Replies
Matt Hobbs

Vicki Kunkel said:

Hello, Anne.

I was just about to try that exact same thing. My question:  After the Camtasia files are imported into Storyline, can the final product be published as HMTL5 and have the Camtasia interactions preserved?

I'm wondering along the same lines - is it possible to import the Camtasia output, produced with their player (using 'Produce with controller' option), into a storyline slide? Inserting it as a web object perhaps (though there is no index.html file)?

It would be great to be able to have their searchable video / table of contents features for example. Right now I have just used the standard insert video feature in Storyline.

Trace Main


I've also been looking into this.  However, as Dennis replied, I believe you can only import Camtasia as an MP4, which removes the TOC, closed captions (which are much more user-friendly to insert in Camtasia), quizzes, and hotspots.  If I'm correct, this is very unfortunate, because the ease of inserting and editing cc in Camtasia is highly preferable.  Additionally, being able to set the markers in Camtasia and keep those with the TOC would also be valuable.  Dennis may, however, be implying that the player can be included, but imported separately...

Can Articulate staff confirm this limitation, meaning, only the Camtasia MP4 can be imported to Storyline?


Sue Mullen

I have found that Camtasia hotspots require a controller, so the output includes dependent files. I tried importing as a web object, but it seems Camtasia adds padding in the HTML, so I have to edit the .css and .html files to omit the extra spacing/padding. Even then the resulting size is not reliable.

vic matthews

Trying to import interactive Camtasia videos into Storyline. The video contains a series of instruction bubbles that ask the user to click on a specific part of the screen (Using these as knowledge checks for software training).

Problem: If I import the .mp4 video, Storyline obviously plays on without pausing for the required interactions. We potentially have hundreds of interactive videos that need to be created and published.

I have numerous SME's developing interactive content within Camtasia. We have multiple Storyline licenses (and publishing guru's). I can not afford to buy Storyline licenses for all of my SME's that create Camtasia video content. So using the Articulate Interactive feature is not an option. Storyline is our standard eLearning Interface for publishing and we love it... most of the time.

In the past we have inserted these videos into Presenter using an INDEX.HTML file (via Web Object) and it seemed to work most of the time. But does not seem to be the case with Storyline.

Any advice other then moving away from Articulate?

Frustrated - Please help.

vic matthews

After further testing, index file is not necessary. For those that need to add interactive Camtasia videos, point Storyline via Web Object to the folder that contains the published video along with the "videoname_player.html" file.  Seems to work great once the course is published and uploaded to the LMS.

Make sure there are no other .html files in the same folder.

Janet Chafey

Hi Lauren, just to verify, what is the html file called that you're trying to insert?

It should be called index.htm or index.html.

From Articulate's instructions:

Tip: There must be a file called index.htm or index.html in the folder you select, and all supporting files for the web content to function must be in the same folder. Storyline imports all files from the folder where the index file is located.

If your file has another name such as name.html, you must change it to index.html. Also, remember you'll be selecting the folder which contains the index.html file.

Allison Eun Mee

Does anyone have publishing (on Camtasia side) and importing (on Storyline side) recommendations for pulling in a Camtasia video successfully into Storyline but using Camtasia's video player with markers?  I can't seem to achieve this successfully in Storyline and wondering what I might be doing wrong.