Replacing videos increases file size

Hi Heroes,

I have a course in SL3 with six short videos embedded and a .story file size of 385 MB. I compressed the videos to about 1/3 the size and used the Replace function to replace the larger videos with the smaller ones and my file size went up to more than 1GB!

I used the Delete Unused Videos function but that only reduced the file size from 1GB to 800 MB. The total size of all of the replaced videos combined is only 84 MB. It appears that the old videos are still lingering somewhere and preventing me from getting my .story file size down.  What gives?

=Diane

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Leslie McKerchie

Hi Diane,

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.