Tried to link private youtube videos to my storyline course but they are not visible..Help please!!!

Dear storyline experts!

I desperately need your help...

I´ll tell you my situation briefly: our company is creating an online course and we have a lot of videos within the course. First we uploaded all the videos to the articulate course, but as the SCORM packages were so big, we could not upload them into the LMS, and/or the lessons uploaded really slow, etc. Then, we uploaded all our videos into a private list on our youtube channel - because obviously we only want the people that bought our courses to view these particular videos - and linked them to our course in articulate, but now we can´t view them as they are private...Which is a major problem for us because we do not want to make the videos public as they constitute a part of our course exclusive content, only meant for our students.

What would be the best solution here? How can I link the videos from my articulate course into youtube (or another platform??), keep the videos private, but make them visible to students?

Many many thanks!!

Kind regards, Carolina

14 Replies
Ralf  Baum

Hi Carolina,

In YouTube you have the possibility to mark videos as "Unlisted". That means: These videos are not visible via the YouTue Search. You can only access the video if you have the precise hyperlink of that video. But of course you can't prevent that potential students share this link. Everybody who has this link can see the video.

Ralf  Baum

Hi Carolina,

I do not know much about other platforms but how many learners will get accessibility to this videos? I know that in the private mode of YouTube you can insert 50 Google accounts that at least 50 viewers can watch it. In this case it is no problem if you want to restrict access.

Best regards
Ralf

Carolina Tejedor

Thanks Ralf for the tip! but as we will sell courses to end users I guess we will need more than 50...Michael, thanks for the test :-) I tried and yes can copy the URL and potentially send it further..So I dont know guys, maybe the best option is the unlisted and hope that nobody will start sharing our course content...feels a bit risky though..

Michael Hinze
Carolina Tejedor

Thanks Ralf for the tip! but as we will sell courses to end users I guess we will need more than 50...Michael, thanks for the test :-) I tried and yes can copy the URL and potentially send it further..So I dont know guys, maybe the best option is the unlisted and hope that nobody will start sharing our course content...feels a bit risky though..

I'm sure you could copy the URL of the Storyline course, but not the URL of the video that runs inside the course... and wasn't that your question?

Carolina Tejedor

Hi Michael, ah ok yeah that´s right! I tried it, but my problem is that if I want the video to open in the course window, I can´t find an option to hide the video control bar below the video..and this way the student can choose to watch the video in youtube, and then they can get the video URL..I attach a screenshot...Do you know how to hide the control bar in any way? Thanks a million, really appreciate your support!

Michael Hinze

Here is some info on the options to insert a YouTube video: http://www.articulate.com/support/storyline/how-to-add-a-youtube-video-to-storyline, incl. parameters to hide the playback controls. BTW, if you use the Insert > Video > Video from Website option, then the YouTube playback controls are automatically hidden (as in my example).

Kristine Cariello

Hi Carolina,

I just worked on a project that relied on private video content. The videos were housed on Box (cloud file sharing).  I am wondering if you could take the video and just save the file as an MP4/AVI, not up-loading it on YouTube, and then embedded it as a web object?  The video content I dealt with was done this way. Would this be a way around your fear of sharing the link?

The only way people could see the video would be to have access to the course. You can set controls to the video file, in Box, so that it isn't accessible to all.

Michael Hinze
Carolina Tejedor

Hi Michael!! Thanks sooo much, you gave us the solution! now we can insert the unlisted video from youtube, without the student being able to watch it in youtube and without them being able to copy the URL! Thanks a million, you made our day :-)

Glad I could help!

Doug A

There is a service that enables you to embed your private YouTube videos on your website. Check it out at Embed Private YouTube Video (http://embedprivatevideo.com/embed-private-youtube-video-pricing-plans/). They also released a WordPress plugin.

This way only your website members will be able to watch them but they will not be able to share them.