Video controls - Can they trigger events?

Feb 19, 2013

Hello.  I need to have video syched with elements that come up on the screen and I know this has been a common request.  I understand that you cannot add trigger points to the video yet so that Storyline can trigger events based on those points in the video. 

So for now what I have done is put my video on the timeline, with the elements I need to come up at certain points placed on the same timeline.  This works great.  The problem is that I need to control the video, thus I have the player up.  If I pause the video, it pauses, BUT the timeline continues with my elements continuing to show up, thus the timeline does not pause, just the video does.

Is there a way to pause the timeline?  I am assuming this would have to be triggered from the video player pause button, but I don't believe Storyline can trigger an event from that pause button in its player correct?

I could combine the elements into the video, but that would make the video heavy and just would not be a good solution.

Any thoughts or ideas greatly appreciated!  Thanks.

7 Replies
Christine Hendrickson

Hi Jeff,

I'm not sure if this would work for you, but I thought I'd share a little suggestion for this. Could you add an object for Pause/Play (maybe a hotspot, or transparent object?) over the bar that will pause/play the media and the timeline?

Also, here's one way to pause (or stop) the timeline of a slide in Storyline. Again, not sure if this option will work for you, but thought it might be worth a try!

Chantelle N

I have a question around this that I couldn't yet find an answer for. I have a flash (swf) file inserted into a course and have hidden the slide seekbar and enabled the player controls for the video itself. The problem I am having is that when I use the pause button on the video itself, only the visual part pauses - the audio that is [supposed] to be embedded in the video keeps playing. It is very odd behavior that I can't figure out how to fix.

Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Chantelle,

I don't think I've seen this before, how are you testing your published output? You'll want to ensure you're testing by publishing and placing in the intended environment or you could encounter security restrictions from the computer, web browser, Flash Player, and network that'll cause various features of your content to fail. 

If you'd like our team to do some further testing with it, are you able to share the .story file and the swf file with us here? 

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