Sharing and seeking: ideas for making videos more interactive

I’m working on a course that uses almost all video. The content’s good, but the client is asking for ideas for making it more interactive. 

Someone sent me the 21 Jump Street movie site as an example. I know, right? I like how the trailer layered movie trivia questions over the video. I thought this would make a good example so I tried building it in SL.

This is what I put together: Elearning Quiz Demo

I’d also be interested in what you think the right number of questions per video might be. Most videos will be 1-2 minutes. 

Thank you!

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Hi Gonzalo,

The video pausing is really simple, actually. You just click the gear icon and check the pause timeline option. You have to do that for each slide layer.

To create the quiz questions on slide layers, I cheated a little by creating one large image for the slide layer, image and questions. I then added four radio buttons and a submit button. The submit button reveals a feedback graphic with the correct and incorrect icons.

This solution was super fast for creating the prototype, but not desirable for production work because nothing on the slide is editable in Storyline.

Tali Bromberg

David Anderson said:

NYTimes just published a really great example of interactive video:

What Romney and Obama’s Body Language Says to Voters

While the hand tracking isn't something most of us can do, the illustrated gesture navigation sure is a creative way to jump to specific clips in the video.

Interesting discussion.

David, I love this example! How would you go about creating that kind of navigation which allows the user to jump to a specific location inside the same video?

One way is to create several clips and set a trigger to each one, but if we want to create the illusion that they are all merely parts of the same long video we would have to somehow "bind" them all under one seekbar...

Any thoughts?

David Anderson

Hi Tali -

Here's a quick example for you. Using a single, source video, I created five instances and placed each on its own layer. Then, using Storyline's video editor, I trimmed each video to play a specific section of the video.

This gives users the option to view either the entire video or selected chapters of the video.

Note: this isn't the same thing as jumping to specific frames in the video... I'm faking it by creating the instances of the video. But it works just as well

Demo: view

Source: download

Adam Mac

Absolutely love this technique, thanks Montse!

One question for the community however. When trying to reproduce this effect, I'm having issues with the video not resuming where it left off when the layers are closed.

Once the layer is hidden and it returns to the main slide, the video starts over. I have adjusted the "Revisits" options on both layer and main slide in various combinations, and that doesn't seem to have an affect.

Anyone else had this issue, or know of a solution?

Bruce Graham

Natalie Van Doren said:

Hi all,  I've been investigating video interaction as well.  I was searching for another thread from a while ago, but all I found was the video on YouTube.  I'm not sure who the owner is,  but here you go:

That's Mike (Enders) of Articulate talking, but seem to remember it as David Anderson that created it originally.

I may be wrong - apologies if my credits are wrong there folks!

Natalie Van Doren

I'm having trouble with this interaction.  The video is paused, but the timeline continues when I am on a layer.  As soon as I hide my layer, the pop ups are out of sync.  Here is my example...

First time using Google Drive, so here goes!

Allan Carrington


I am new to Storyline and interactive video with quizzes is very interesting. Sorry if this is a bit of a dumb question, but would this work with an embedded feed from YouTube for example as the base layer video?  I assume you can embed a YouTube into Storyline like you can with the new Studio13. To be able to deliver a lot of video from a streaming server instead of "loading" it into the Storyline module seems  much more efficient. However can you build the interaction over the top of it so to speak.  I hope I am making sense.