Seekbar... how can I enable Pause/Seek/Replay when there are numerous audio/media files on screen??

Hi everybody-- this question is for Storyline Version 1. I want to enable the Seekbar on all screens within a module. Looks like enabling the Seekbar means you enable Pause, Seek, and Replay... all or nothin'... is this correct? I have some screens where this will work fine, but I also have screens with numerous audio files, graphic files, and layers that are tightly coordinated and timed... when using the Seekbar, how in the world can I get it to pause and restart accurately? How can I get the Replay option to go back to the beginning of the whole screen, not just the beginning of the layer...? Seems like a nightmare... really frustrated with Articulate right now. This should not be so difficult. Is there a way to enable Pause and Replay without allowing the Seek function? Any guidance on these topics would be appreciated. If referencing the Slide Layer Properties options/checkboxes in your response (or any response for that matter), please please please pretend you're talking to a kindergartner... :o)

Chuck

 

7 Replies
Ashley Terwilliger

Hi Chuck,

I'm sorry that you're running into some frustrations, but you're correct that the seekbar, play/pause, and replay functionality are all elements that appear together. There isn't a way to change it to only have one element or button. 

If you have slides that you don't want a user to be able to seek through and cause things to become out of sync you can disable the seekbar on a slide by slide basis. Within the slide properties, you'll see the drop down to choose "custom player settings" and then choose which elements to include on that particular slide or remove particular elements. This is further described in this tutorial. 

Have you looked at a few of the options such as this one here on how to set up your own custom play/pause button? 

Norm Cousineau

Hi Chuck,

I have experienced this, where I had multiple video clips and audio clips on same slide (all on base layer). In addition to similar problems you describe, when played back on an iPad (HTML5 version) it was "impossible". My solution was to use Camtasia Studio to create a video, then import it to Storyline. Then there's only 1 media element on the slide, and there are none of these problems.

I've used this approach several times, because I want the seekbar.

Camtasia Studio cost $250 USD, and is very easy to use.

Chuck DuSablon

Thanks for the reply, Ashley-- the custom play/pause button works great for media elements. I wish it could work to enable a slide layer to play/pause. Or even better, to recognize when there is something clickable or something timed within the area being paused, replayed, or "seeked." It seems to me that enabling only pause or only replay as options is possible, since it's already part of the Seekbar. I hope these are items Articulate is working on for future releases.

Thanks again!

Chuck

 

Chuck DuSablon

Thanks, Norm-- I had thought of trying this (I have Camtasia already)... the only thing holding me back is that I can't figure out how to produce/publish the Camtasia file in a crisp/clear resolution... the same clarity I get on a regular Articulate screen...  know what I mean? If you have tips on how to render/produce Camtasia files so they're truly crispy clear, that would be great! I could then use this option for media-heavy spots that don't contain any clickable/interactive elements.

Chuck

 

Norm Cousineau

Hi Chuck, yes I know what you mean. I attached a screen shot of my Camtasia settings.

My content is photos & videos in the background with some text labels over top, and the crispness of the labels was a challenge. So I use a simple white or black rectangle with no border as the label background.

When I publish the Storyline file, my video quality setting is maximum. My audio quality setting is lower, which is fine, except for the audio in the video. So I publish a second version of the project with the audio quality set to maximum, then I copy the .MP4 video that was output on publish, change its name, and paste it into the original published version (replacing the video with lower quality audio).