Usual Suspects Style Menu


I'm sure I've seen a post or video showing how to create a scrolling line up of people that can be used as a menu.

Basically I've got 7 cut out images that represent roles and I'd like to have these scrolling across the screen.  The user could then select the person that would like to see more information on.   I need them to look at all 7 roles.  I realise I'll need to use transition but how do you get it to appear like the line up is going around in a loop?

Can anyone remember where the post was or have any ideas?

10 Replies
Peter Anderson

Hi again, Gill

OK, I've consulted the masters, David A. and Jeanette, and here are a few more that you may be remembering:

Usual Suspects - This one is a slide, but not built out.

Choose-your-avatar style

And a great one that Keith F. shared in this thread.  

Any of those getting closer to what you remember? A horizontally scrolling one sounds vaguely familiar, but not sure how it would've been pulled off. I'll keep brainstorming...

Little Man Project

Thanks Peter....nope it wasn't any of those although again thanks for the links as there are loads of great ideas.  Had a play with Keith F. quiz and loved it.  I've just finished a module for a client where this would have worked brilliantly

Thanks for trying and for having a think about solutions.  If I find a way I'll post here but I may have to think of another solution.

Rebecca Fleisch Cordeiro

Hey Gill and Jeanette.

Gill, I'm so glad you asked about this. It's perfect for a project I'm doing in Storyline. I've created it in PowerPoint, saved as a video, and imported into PPT.

Jeanette, I have 2 questions:

  1. I used the SL characters, and so for the zoom I was able to use a headshot and all is well. But you'd mentioned in the Screenr that you'd copied the same graphic and sized it up. When I did that with the SL character, it pixelated (which is why I used the head shot). How did you size up without pixelation?
  2. All looks great when previewing in SL, but when publishing, the zoomed image and caption (so "Slide 2") have degraded in quality. I published at a video quality of 9 and 100% quality for image; this helped a bit over the standard quality, but it's still not what I'd like. Any suggestions?
Jeanette Brooks

Hi Becky,

Regarding your first point, I used a very high-res photograph for the image of the guy. When I inserted the full-body shot onto the PowerPoint slide, I sized it down to fit on the slide, then used the same image at a much larger size (and cropped it) for the closeup. Since the image I started with was very high-resolution, the clarity was still very good at the large size.  

In your situation, if you are inserting a video from PowerPoint, it's possible that the issue has something to do with the way PowerPoint is creating the video and its resolution, causing it to not give you high enough quality when zoomed. Another possibility is that there's just not enough data in the video at its current size to prevent pixelation when you zoom in. You might try creating a very large video, then inserting it on your Storyline slide and scaling it to fit the slide, and then apply your zoom region.

Either way, I'd recommend  submitting your project as a support case because of the second issue. The output shouldn't look different in Preview than when you Publish, so that is definitely worth reporting.

Rebecca Fleisch Cordeiro

Hi Jeanette,

Thanks for your reply. Will submit a support case.

When you suggest "creating a very large video", are you referring to the PPT settings (in the right-hand pane)? Because my setting is currently at the largest available (at least to me) 960 x 720.

I'm not sure what you mean by applying the zoom region in SL? The zoom is done in PPT (for the individual photo) and then all is saved as a video. Are you suggesting I break it up somehow? Sorry to be dense.

Jeanette Brooks

Oh I think I misunderstood how you were creating/inserting the video. Yeah, I think it's best to submit a case and ideally record a screencast (once you fill out the fields on the support case and click "send request" you'll come to a page where you can record a private screencast to show the team an example of the issue. Thanks so much Becky!