Screencast - Export Frame, Edit It, Insert as Background, It comes in bigger

Please be patient - I'm new to Storyline :).

I'm working in Storyline 2 with recordings. These were recorded using the Storyline 2 Record Screen functionality.

I have a lot of screens where I need to edit the original image. To do so, I'm

  • Accessing Capture Action Fine Tuning
  • Right clicking the frame, clicking Save Frame at Project Size, and saving the frame to my hard drive.
  • Editing the frame with image editing software
  • Making the edited frame the background (Properties, Format Background, Picture or text fill, navigate to edited frame file)
  • Deleting the screen recording

When I do this, the imported frame is larger (screen space wise) than the frame I exported. Why is that? How do I fix that?

I appreciate your help. Thanks!

3 Replies
Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi PL, 

Thanks for sharing the steps you go through here. Are you deleting the screen recording element or the slide as a whole? I followed your steps and didn't see the same issue and was only editing the image in paint as I don't have any other photo editing software - so perhaps the photo editing software you're using is changing the overall size? You may want to try adding a shape or something in paint and seeing how that version imports in as perhaps that will help you narrow down where the issue is. 

Patrick Lambe

Alright, I think I finally figured out what the problem is.

I'm doing my screen recordings at a screen resolution of 1013 X 542.  The Storyline file itself has a Story Size 1014 X 546.

I believe, when I import the editing frame back in, Storyline is ignoring the images size and automatically stretching it to fit the 1014 X 546 screen.

Does anyone know of a better way to import the image in such a way that Storyline "honors" it's original size and doesn't stretch it to fit the screen?




Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi PL,

When you insert your step by step recordings into Storyline it becomes a part of the slide background, so I'm guessing that when you go to export based on the sizes being so close it's capturing the entire image of the recording/background and that's what you're seeing? Also could you be modifying the story size upon importing it? As there is information here in regards to how that'll behave when adding in content of a different size. 

I've not seen an image be imported into Storyline and automatically stretch or scale to fit the set up. You could review the image formatting behavior here, but ultimately if the behavior persists you may want to share a copy of your image and .story file here (as separate elements) so that I can look at inserting.