Visibility of embedded video is page source

Nov 03, 2017


I wish to know that if we embed a video using iframe in storyline and then publish for LMS, would the source of the video (url) be exposed if someone goes to the html page source?

The course is going to reside in SABA LMS.

5 Replies
Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Nivedita,

Likely someone would be able to find the URL in the Developer console view of their browser. How easy that would be...well I can say for me, it'd be quite hard! 

If you're concerned about them having the ability to share the video URL outside of the course, I'd look at inserting the video file directly into Storyline. The access to the course itself is protected based on the login to the LMS.

Nivedita Khandekar

Thanks for you reply Ashley. My target audience will likely be able to find it then :( (they are all technical folks), although I don't see a motivation :).

I don't want to import the video, as I am essentially creating a wrapper for a number of videos, each about an hour long, so file size can become an issue. 

I will look for other options, but meanwhile any suggestions? Would using Studio help with file size? I have noticed the file sizes are less when I import videos in Studio as opposed to Storyline. 

Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Nivedita, 

Those tech savvy people...they're always going to find a way, right? 😉 

If you're linking to a video on a website, that shouldn't cause a lot of bloat to your file size..adding the file directly into your course file will certainly increase it. Studio files may be smaller based on the differences connected to things like triggers, variables, etc. which are only in Storyline. 

Are you concerned about reaching a file size max on your LMS or playback issues? 

Nivedita Khandekar

Hi  Ashley,

I mostly face difficulty in handling the story file once it gets very heavy. Also, in past I have had issues publishing when the file size was very big. I don't have much experience in using Studio, but I would assume it would behave similarly? I am sure getting a better config laptop might help, but are there any other ways I can improve the performance?

Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Nivedita, 

You could also look at working solely in Storyline and closing down other non-essential programs. You can also look at linking the videos or inserting the web object as the last step in your course development. Some other items that have cause files to bloat and run slower are things such as extra slide masters or screen recordings that aren't in use - look to delete those items if you can.

I'd also keep the ideas here for best practices to help prevent odd behavior in mind. Make sure you're working on local files and using the latest update of the Storyline version. 

Let us know if you need anything else, or if you'd like us to take a look at your .story file!

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