Making your course play like a video and slide layers

 I am just learning how to use Articulate and have several questions. Once you have designed your course how do you make it play like a video?  Also if you are designing an instructional video do the layers in a slide effect the size and duration of the video. Should you limit the number of layers in a video if you do not want it to be too big to upload to a website? If so, how many layers should you limit each slide to?

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John Say

Hi Nina!

Storyline doesn't publish to a single video file but if you want the course to play by itself without the user having to click on a "Next" button, you can set your slides to advance (to the next slide) automatically.

Please check out the "slide advances" section in this tutorial:

There is also this workaround of using the screen recording feature on your published output:

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"Also if you are designing an instructional video do the layers in a slide effect the size and duration of the video. "

Layers have their own timeline so if you have a layer that runs longer than your base layer, then the duration of your slide would be equal to the layer's duration. So if your base layer is 5 seconds long and you show a layer that is 10 seconds long, then the slide will finish playing in 10 seconds.

A layer by itself does not affect the size of the published course. It is the content on those layers like pictures or videos that will contribute to the overall size of the published output. There is no "limit" to the number of layers you can use.

I liked how one of our community heroes described the limit on layers here: "I think you'll run into a sanity / management limit before you run into a technical limit".

For your reference, here's a link to our documentation on layers:

lease let us know if you have any additional questions!