Jumbo Videos Not Purging

I am creating a series of short, two slide Storyline projects and am experiencing an interesting "bug". On slide 1, I import a video file (60-150MB) and on slide 2 I have a "thank you for watching" slide.

When I import the video into storyline and save, the .story file balloons up (as expected). 169MB video + storyline contents = 219MB file.

Now that I have it working the way I want it, i want to save this as a template file. I remove the video from the Storyline project file and save as template.story.

To be clear, i have a blank slide 1 (where the new videos will be swapped in and out) and slide 2 which is the Thank You slide. The .story file is still 219MB! The VIDEO has been removed, a new file created through Save As and the file size is still Jumbo.

Is the original video file still stored in a hidden library or something? How can I purge it from this location so my template file is tiny?

I could rebuild the template file from scratch, but that's no fun...

Thanks!

8 Replies
Gerry Wasiluk

Brian Batt said:

Hi Thomas,

After you've removed the videos, publish your project for the web.  When it's done publishing, save your project & then close Storyline.  That should return the file to the expected size.


That's . . . different.

I suppose one could also--which I strongly don't recommend doing since it's too easy to mess things up and is probably not supported--is open a copy of the story file with 7zip and remove the video manually.

Brian Batt

Gerry Wasiluk said:

Brian Batt said:

Hi Thomas,

After you've removed the videos, publish your project for the web.  When it's done publishing, save your project & then close Storyline.  That should return the file to the expected size.


That's . . . different.

I suppose one could also--which I strongly don't recommend doing since it's too easy to mess things up and is probably not supported--is open a copy of the story file with 7zip and remove the video manually.


Same thing in Presenter '09.  When the PPTA file is big, publish to the web to clear it out.

Regarding 7zip, I would never recommend that on a .story file.  You may be able to remove the video, but the reference to the file may still be in the project.  Thus, you'll end up with a corrupt file that can't be opened.