Removed a slide with video, but story file size still large (SL 360)

I have a story file (SL 360)with a large video file embedded in it (let's call this Ver-1).  I deleted the slide and saved the story file again (let's call this Ver-2), but the file appears to be the same size (as if the video is hiding somewhere in the background) Meaning: Ver-1 = Ver-2

The only way I was able to actually reduce the file size to ensure the video file was gone was to open a new story file (Ver-3), import all the slides from saved new version (Ver-2) and now the size appears correct.

Tip for anyone that experiences, but a weird quirk to share with Staff.

3 Replies
Dario Dabbicco

It is saving all the data present in the "undo" option.

Check this thread for explanations & solutions, I don't think it's a bug but a result of the way the useful (sometimes life-saving) undo function works.

Leslie McKerchie

Hello Lana and welcome to E-Learning Heroes :)

Thank you for popping in to share your experience with a similar issue. That could certainly help others that run across this thread in the future.

To elaborate on what Dario shared above, here's what's happening:

A project file might not immediately shrink in size when you delete a video. Storyline keeps deleted assets temporarily after you delete them in case you need to click Undo to restore them. The good news is your project file will eventually shrink, usually after saving it a couple times. But you can also get it to shrink right away by saving and closing the project file, then re-opening it and saving it again.

Hope that helps!