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Kamal Hines

No special features just regular videos, i was considering MOVs but was concerned about file size in comparison to MP4 which is a lighter format, considering that i am using allot of videos 1-5 mins in length.

But nevertheless i will give MOV a chance and see what happens thanks for your help.

Gerry Wasiluk

For those on the Windows side , AVI and WMV has been working great for me.  Use the best uncompressed format you can have and then let Storyline do the compressing.

Every so often I find a supported format that won't import right.  for that I use the free FormatFactory tool and re-save it to a non-compressed format.  That's always worked so far for those troublesome videos . . .

Stephanie Harnett

On this note, I'm working with a lot of videos right now and it's great to be able to import the best quality like .mov files into Storyline and equally great that Storyline does such a fantastic job compressing out to MP4 ... BUT ... the .story file remains huge as a result of all of those great quality .mov files having been imported. Yep I can split the file apart, etc to reduce size but I guess I'm wondering what you have found to be the best practice for quality video AND being able to continue to work with the .story file? Do you take the compressed MP4's from the published output and bring them back in as smaller files to reduce the .story file?

Steve Flowers

Hey, Stephanie - 

That would result in a re-compression of your MP4. It might save you filesize on the frontside but might actually boost your exported size while reducing output quality.

This is a tough situation and trade-off.  Might be worth a feature request to have a "set source compression" or similar that compresses your videos and replaces the one in the .story file with the compressed output.

Stephanie Harnett

Thanks Steve, I like that idea and did put this in as a feature request along with a few other enhancements to make working with video a bit more practical.

My current client is one of the largest TV networks in Canada so video quality isn't something they will sacrafice on which is forcing me to break the course into multiple segments, even though the segments are short in terms of number of slides. It's the video, though smallish in screen size, all adds up to make the .story file sizes pretty massive, pretty quickly. Current file size for segment 1 of 10 is 600 MB...output is tiny but working with SL is difficult at that size. Wierd things are happening like the keyboard locking up, things I type type on-screen 1 letter at a time every second or so, editing text results in a variety of odd things happening from font shifts to selecting text and the wrong text being deleted, undo is not reliable, etc. If I close and re-boot I'm good for about 1 hour of basic editing but then it starts again even without adding much more to the overall file size. So I can see I'm at a limit in SL.

David Janus

Stephanie Harnett said:

Thanks Steve, I like that idea and did put this in as a feature request along with a few other enhancements to make working with video a bit more practical.

My current client is one of the largest TV networks in Canada so video quality isn't something they will sacrafice on which is forcing me to break the course into multiple segments, even though the segments are short in terms of number of slides. It's the video, though smallish in screen size, all adds up to make the .story file sizes pretty massive, pretty quickly. Current file size for segment 1 of 10 is 600 MB...output is tiny but working with SL is difficult at that size. Wierd things are happening like the keyboard locking up, things I type type on-screen 1 letter at a time every second or so, editing text results in a variety of odd things happening from font shifts to selecting text and the wrong text being deleted, undo is not reliable, etc. If I close and re-boot I'm good for about 1 hour of basic editing but then it starts again even without adding much more to the overall file size. So I can see I'm at a limit in SL.


At a limit in Storyline - or possibly hardware?

Edward Nothnagle

As a related question....we're shooting video for a course and want to add some segments to QM.  These will be delivered on the web.  The video producer wants to know what format to output the files.  I don't really care about .mp4 vs. .mov so much as more technical settings like frame rate, etc. Are there any standards I can use?  Thanks!

Mark Shepherd

Interesting discussion!

I wasn't aware that AS2 exported to MP4, and that importing from MP4 might cause some potential issues (as in, a not as clean of an import pass, perhaps)

To date, I've brought in pre-scaled 720P MP4s to my eLPs, and they've looked great so far, but will definitely keep MOVs in mind for future projects. ;)

Jean-David Rouah

Hi everyone. I am creating a course with 6 x 30 minute mp4. videos ranging from 160MB to 290MB each. Storyline seems to be struggling with this, but I would really like to avoid compressing these videos further. Would it be better if I split my videos in shorter sequences (ie 12 x 15 minute sequences?). Or will this make no difference. Thank you

Ashley Terwilliger

Hi Jean-David,

What element is Storyline having difficulty with in terms of the videos? They'll be compressed as a part of the published output detailed here, although depending on the video type/format you can change that to not compress it. 

If you're having a difficult time loading the videos into Storyline, it may be the overall file size and your system set up, so I'd confirm that you exceed the minimum requirements here and that you look at closing down other programs or applications while working in Storyline.