Using Videoscribe/Scribes in Storyline courses

I use scribes from Sparkol Videoscribe extensively, as they bring my corporate eLearning to life in many circumstances.

They have kindly published a blog today which explains why I love using it to enhance eLearning, and retention in learners. Hopefully this is useful to anyone considering this form of visual addition to their eLearning work.

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Stefano Posti

I saw a Bruce's very nice piece of work some months ago with storyline and videoscribe integration.

I bought a sparkol subscription the day after and I have been happily doing scribes and inserting them into articulate courses ever since. Most of our customers love it so much...

I'm running to read the post... I know it will be great as always...

Andy WYNTK

I don't use VideoScribe, but create training movies usingimages, text voiceover and a little bit of animation. I find that you canexplain a lot in a short period of time, but the scripting takes me much longerthan when creating 'written' elearning. I think audio/voice is much lessforgiving than text on the screen - which is a good thing - it makes me thinkmuch more about the actual words I'm using, how sections fit together and also,as they are short, how I can economise on the amount of words I use.

Our slant on things is to use video for what it's good at,and put things like 'local' examples, or information which can go out-of-datequickly in a PDF or within a piece of elearning.

I think the other point I agree with is that when you haveyour script and your basic idea, that's when you can also have fun making itall come together – for me that’s what it’s all about.

Thanks for sharing this blog Bruce.

Bruce Graham

Hi Andy - and welcome.

I would agree re the scripting part. I tend to treat my scribes and cartooning much more as a piece of enter/edutainment, and I do find that the scripting process is a little more complex. Saying that, you can tell some remarkably powerful stories in 60-90 seconds.

Once again - a warm welcome to the community.

Joshua Roberts

Bruce Graham said:

Hi Andy - and welcome.

I would agree re the scripting part. I tend to treat my scribes and cartooning much more as a piece of enter/edutainment, and I do find that the scripting process is a little more complex. Saying that, you can tell some remarkably powerful stories in 60-90 seconds.

Once again - a warm welcome to the community.


I've always used videos as supplemental to the learning process, bringing policies and procedures to life. My biggest hang up is spending time to identify the best images to compliment the words being displayed on screen.

A lot of fun to run through videos in this manner though, I find that my clips are generally < 60 seconds as it adds to the 'bitesize' feel of the module. 

Patricia Thompson

Hi Bruce - this is an interesting post. I have also been working on a large project which combines Videoscribe and storyline together for e learning. I am wondering what your opinion of the html5 output is when viewed on a phone or tablet? I have noticed that if I include one main video it seems to work well but if I have multiple videos on separate slides they do not play automatically and require the user to press play which opens a new window. Do you have any suggestions for improving mobile integration? Thanks!

Bruce Graham

Hi Patricia.

Perhaps I am not the best person to ask, because I have never had an HTML requirement yet!

I have never built for a phone, not would the courses I build work on a phone.

This MAY be a bug in SL, I do not know - it might be worthwhile logging a Support call to investigate, but remember that Android is not currently supported by SL, it may work - but it may not.

Does it still behave like that on an iOS platform?

Simon Perkins

VideoScribe in itself is excellent. But IMO it's integration with Storyline isn't great on mobile devices.

I've only seen reliable results when using the iPad player, but this of course brings its own issues re tracking etc.

Have embedded Scribes via Vimeo and while the output is nice (HD even), the player controls are over-ridden by Vimeo's. Not necessarily an issue if you're playing the Scribe as a plain video, but if you're trying to create more of an animated sequence then it's just clunky.

Running on an iPad through Safari or Chrome is a no go too, as the seekbar just messes up syncing/pausing/restarting. Every time.

Puffin has worked fine in the past but my version is now playing up so can't load anything.