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Christine Hendrickson

Hi Ashleigh,

Unfortunately, no. There is no way to stop the encoding process in Storyline.

Here's how Storyline encodes movies you insert into your courses, based on the file format of the videos and the publishing options you choose:

What you could do, however, is try to use one of the formats listed above that does not get encoded. 

Another alternative is to check the publish quality settings for videos.

I hope this helps!

Mary Sandro

Hi Christine,

I have the same question.  The chart is helpful.

I have found that Articulate encodes every video to ~180kbps regardless of the quality of the original video or the settings chosen in the dialogue box.  I'm looking for at 400-500 kbps.

How would one create an FLV without an alpha channel as a way to avoid encoding?

Is it possible to get a good quality SWF from an mp4?  I have not been able to do this.

My possible workaround is to replace the encoded files with the ones I want after publishing in the content folder.  That's a tedious workaround, but I tested for web publishing and it worked.



John Black


It's been 7 months since you posted the suggestion for using your video file rather than the one Storyline re-encodes. You replaced the encoded file in the content folder with the ones you want. Has that proved to be a successful strategy? Would anyone from Articulate care to comment on the advisablility of this technique?



Leslie McKerchie

Hi Lukas and welcome to E-Learning Heroes. 😊

Thanks for popping in for an update. What type of video file are you adding to your course? Our latest documentation can be found here.

In addition, you can turn off compression altogether for MP4 videos created with baseline, main, or high profiles. (All other videos will be compressed automatically.)

  1. Select the video placeholder and go to the Options tab on the Storyline ribbon.
  2. Click the Compression drop-down list and choose None.

If you turn off video compression, be aware that your published files will be larger, which could be problematic for learners with slow internet connections.