Is there any way to batch import audio files in Storyline?

May 06, 2013

I want to batch import audio files in Storyline, similar to how I do it in Presenter.  Is this possible?  If not, is it an upcoming feature?



35 Replies
Christine Hendrickson

Hi Elizabeth! (Love the avatar!)

Unfortunately, unlike Presenter, there's currently no option for importing multiple audio files at once in Storyline. 

However, I do think that would make an excellent feature request! Audio options are definitely popular requests, so please make sure you provide as much information as you can when you submit your request to our development team. We take these requests seriously and the more information we have, the better!



Hi Ashley,

Thanks for responding so quickly.

I have a presenter file that has audio on each slide of the 20 slides. I tried to import the powerpoint file with the audio that I was using with presenter into storyline 2. The powerpoint slides imported into storyline, but there wasn't any audio.

Any thoughts as to why there isn't any audio on import? I've heard that this is supposed to work.



Crystal Horn

Hi all!  I wanted to provide an update here, as Storyline 2 Update 8 was just released, and included a number of fixes which you can see in the release notes available here.

The item you all may be particularly interested in is how it fixes an issue where M4A audio files in PowerPoint wouldn't be imported into Storyline. You can download the latest update here, and after downloading and installing the latest update you’ll want to republish any existing content to ensure that the updates and fixes are applied. 

Let us know if you have any questions, either here or by reaching out to our Support Engineers directly. 

Jen McIntosh

So there's still no option to import multiple audio files like we could in Presenter? Since that question was from 3 years ago I was really hoping a batch feature would have been added by now. It gets really tedious importing audio to each slide individually when there's 20+ slides. Having to do it first in Presenter and then import that into Storyline is inconvenient, not to mention not everyone has Presenter as well as Storyline anymore.

Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Jen,

There is no batch import option - but I did want to ask what you meant in terms of first importing into Presenter/Powerpoint and then into Storyline? You don't need to have them first in Presenter - you could import individual audio files directly into Storyline. The information Crystal shared above was in regards to a fix with Storyline having difficulty capturing the audio files when they were imported in from a Powerpoint file where likely they were recorded. 

Jen McIntosh

That was the suggested workaround earlier in the thread since batch importing is not an option (2nd response, from Phil). The whole point is avoiding having to import them individually into Storyline since that gets a bit tedious and time consuming when you're talking about 20+ slides. Sorry I only replied to Crystal in the hopes that the update also included a fix for the initial question since it was posted in the same thread.

Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Jen,

Sorry for my confusion - I wasn't sure if you were looking to batch import a lot of audio directly into Storyline or were importing from the Presenter/Powerpoint set up and having difficulty, which was the element fixed and mentioned by Crystal. Always feel free to start a new forum thread with your question or describe in detail in an existing one the problem you're having, as you can see they sometimes deviate from the original question! 

John Borgen

I would love to see batch importing in Storyline 2. I'm coming over from Presenter (this is my fourth project) and my SME's are all doing their own audio in Power Point. I'm stripping the audio using a .zip trick then bringing in to Storyline 2. It's a bit tedious...but not too bad. I just realized I'd have been done quite a while ago if I'd been using Presenter and bulk import. Let the products folks know this could be a great feature for people making the switch.

Maxime Racicot

Here's a tip guys, until there is such a thing as batch import for audio files.

Rght-click the insert audio button then select Add to Quick Access Toolbar. Adding it to the toolbar means it now has a keyboard shortcut assigned to it. That shortcut will be ALT + a number, based on the order of the quick access buttons. So usually ALT + 1 will be the save button. 2 and 3 will be the Undo/Redo buttons, and if you haven't added any other buttons then the insert audio will be next, so ALT + 4.

This makes it a little quicker and easier to add audio to each slide.

David Nielson

Batch import, drag and drop import, or some simpler and easier way to import than clicking a button and selecting each individual file on each slide would be very nice.

I've been using Articulate products since 2012 (Presenter, Storyline 1, Storyline 2, and now Storyline 360) and I have heard complaints from users since Storyline was introduced, saying they want to add audio in ways other than the two standard options, and nothing has been addressed in these years.

I am starting to wonder if Articulate even cares that there is a real, valid concern among users that importing audio is a slow, tedious process, especially for those projects with a large number of slides. I frequently have over 100 slides with audio. Importing audio adds a significant amount of time in these projects, not to mention the wear and tear on my clicking finger.

Please consider this another request for a feature to improve the procedure for adding audio to a project.

Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi David,

Thanks for sharing that feedback here with us - We're continuously exploring new features and customer input is extremely valuable in that process. 

I'm going to submit this as a feature request on your behalf. You'll see a confirmation email of that shortly - and if you need anything else, please feel free to let us know.