.MP4 or .MOV video chapter markers > TOC entries?

Nov 26, 2012

I have a training video that I want to publish using Storyline - so it appears in the typical Storyline media player.  The video is 30 minutes long, and the presenter is running through some slides in PowerPoint, then doing a demo of a job aide (Excel spreadsheet).

The video (edited & published using Final Cut Pro X) has chapter markers that are set to the different sections of his presentation.  Is there some way that Storyline can read these & turn them into TOC entries?  I want viewers to be able to click through the TOC for this video/eLearning event & randomly access the different portions.

I've done a quick search for some key words in the forums here, but not having a lot of luck finding exactly what I'm looking for.  Any assistance would be appreciated!  THANKS!

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Brian Allen

Hi Bill, and my apologies for not elaborating with my first response.  Re-reading it I could have anticipated your follow up question and provided a little more info

If I read your initial question correctly, I understand exactly what you want to do, but unfortunately there isn't a clean way to do this in Storyline (that I'm aware of).  In a nutshell you have one video, and want to create links that would jump to different parts of the video, avoiding the need to chop the video up into different segments.

The default TOC functionality links to slides within your presentation, and it cannot be modified to act as links that would jump to different points in your video's timeline.

With that being said, Storyline doesn't have the ability even within a single slide to jump to different points within a video, or to jump to cue points on the story's timeline (which would accomplish the same goal).  If this were possible then you could build your own custom TOC on the slide and just jump to a cue point.  I've seen a lot of people say that they've submitted feature requests for this functionality.

I wouldn't be surprised if there is someone in the community who has a creative solution to this problem, but off the top of my head the only thing I could suggest would be to cut the video into several segments.   This would allow you to put them on individual slides and give you the TOC functionality you're looking for.

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