screencast settings?

Jan 13, 2014


I have a client recording a screencast with third party software and will be handing off those videos to me, which I will import into storyline. 

We would like the video to look less blurry when a user has it in full screen mode.

I guess I'm looking for best practices as far as screen recording size, resolution, give the best possible screencast.


4 Replies
Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Ryan,

If the video will be the full size of the Storyline screen I'd have it recorded at the same size as the story size you'll be using within Storyline. You may also want to look into the video quality settings when you publish so that you can adjust the levels to be more customized, as Storyline will compress your videos upon publish as described here.

Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Ryan,

To change the story size, you'll need to go to the Design tab.  The default is 720 pixels wide and 540 pixels high.

When making a new screen recording, you'll find that you can change the size either by scaling the window, or selecting from the options at the bottom:

 Note that the largest screen recording size that is supported is 2046 by 2046 pixels. 

Also, in regards to your overall size, the Storyline player (the interface for your course) adds to the width and height of your published course. The number of pixels added to the published story size depends on the elements you choose to include in the player. For example:

  • The player frame, by itself, adds 20 pixels to the width and the height (10 pixels all the way around your course).
  • If any slide in your course has a Prev or Next button or if you've included the volume control to your player, it adds an additional 51 pixels in height.
  • If you include the title in the top bar of your course—but no player tabs—it adds 23 pixels in height.
  • If you include a title in the top bar and one or more player tabs, it adds 47 pixels in height.
  • If you do not include a title in the top bar but you do include player tabs, it adds 24 pixels in height.
  • If you include the sidebar in your player, it adds 240 pixels to the width.

Lastly, no matter what you do, StoryLine will still do some compression of the video. However, after publication, you can replace the compressed video in the storyline published content folder with the originals. It might take a bit of time to match them up, but it works great. For more information, see this thread: Link

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