Video, cue points and timeline progress

I wonder if anyone can help me understand a better way to approach this? I'm trying to reproduce a slide that was created in PowerPoint where a video plays and at particular points, triggers show and hide objects.

I'm doing this using layers in Storyline. I thought cue points would be the way to trigger layer visibility at exact times, but - it seems they are on the slide timeline and independent to the video progress. So, if I allow the user to have video controls - if they pause the video (or it doesn't start automatically when the slide starts, etc etc), then the cue points and video get out of synch.

Is there a better way to do what I'm trying to do? Or tie the timeline playhead to the video playback? Or trigger events based on the video progress?!

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Wendy Farmer

Hi Erin

you can stop the user from controlling the video by placing a rectangle with 100% transparent fill over the top.

you can also use the 'pause timeline of base layer' option on the slide layer when it appears, when the layer closes, the base timeline resumes.

see attached sample - i have added the video controls to the bottom of the video so you can see it stops when the layer displays.

Erin Sadler

Oooh I see! That's great, looks really nice :) Thank you for your help.

I probably didn't explain well though, sorry - I would like the user to be able to play/pause the video without the cue points (or equivalent) getting out of synch.

But you made me think - perhaps I can put my own player control in that both pauses the media AND the timeline when clicked. I'd need to add something that switches state between playing/paused so the button knows to play if paused and pause if playing, but it feels like it might work...