Articulate Rise - Disable Video Seek Bar

Jan 17, 2018

I intend to upload videos (not embed) in courses created by Rise, is there any where to disable the seek bar so that users cannot fast-forward/ drag the progress bar. The intention is to ensure that they view the full video from start to finish

31 Replies
Alyssa Gomez

Hi Bumin,

Although there isn't a feature that will allow you to hide video controls in Rise, there is an easy way to work around this using a Storyline Block!

  1. First, upload the video to a new Storyline 360 file. Be sure that the video controls are turned off.
  2. Publish the Storyline 360 slide to Articulate 360. 
  3. In Rise, edit an existing blocks lesson or create a new one.
  4. Insert an interactive Storyline block.
  5. Click the Browse Articulate 360 button in the Storyline block.
  6. Select the Storyline course with the video from your Articulate 360 projects.

Give it a try, and let me know if that's helpful!

Bumin Huang

Hi Alyssa, I have tried the method suggested, it worked fine. Just one problem though, it seems so long a learner navigate to that block/ lesson, it will be marked as having completed. They do not have to view through the entire video and could click to the next lesson. Is there anyway to overcome that?

Alyssa Gomez

Great question, Bumin! We're working on a new feature right now that solves this very problem.

The feature is a Storyline Course Completion Trigger that communicates with the Rise Continue Block. 

For your course, you can set this Storyline trigger to "complete" when the video ends. With that setting, the Continue Block will not allow the learner to move forward in the lesson until the video ends, preventing the learner from skipping content. 

This feature is still in the works, and as soon as we roll it out, I'll let you know. You'll be notified immediately since you're now subscribed to this thread. 

Paul Stewart

Hi Adam, how far off is this do you think?  I am very keen on using Rise for most of our workshops going forward now that you have allowed us to import storyline interactions.  We use a lot of video in our learning and our client does not want their employees to be able to skip through these.  

Thanks in advance.



Paul Stewart

Just another note.  I think it would really be a game changer if you add a lot more restriction options.  Right now I can just skip past most of the course without looking at it.  This means 90% of our development would have to be in storyline, which means Rise just becomes useful for courses that employees want to do.  In my experience many of the employees I work with (local government) will skip content if they can.


Michael Bauer

It's the old "you can lead a horse to water ..." thing. There may a be a video without a seekbar that has to play until the end before a Next button appears, doesn't mean the learner is going to watch and listen. 

Of course we all want to skip content. Anything more than 30 seconds and the distractions around are too enticing.Boring compliance video filmed on 1987 ... or checking instagram on my phone? Hmmm ...

Not saying it isn't relevant to have the video forced to be watched, however you may be better to have a quiz about the content of the video following it. If the learner knows the information (whether from the video or from somewhere else, doesn't matter), then they can continue. If not, add comments in the Incorrect feedback to direct them back to the video.

Anyway, there's my $0.02 ...

Alyssa Gomez

Hey folks!

You've asked for the ability to restrict learners from moving past a Storyline block in Rise without completing it first, and we're listening. 

We just released a new feature that will allow you to choose a tracking option for Storyline courses when you publish to Articulate 360. This lets you control navigation in Rise lessons by requiring learners to complete Storyline blocks before moving on. Check out the details here!

Here’s how you can update Storyline 360 to take advantage of everything the latest release has to offer. Let me know if you have any questions about that!

Walter Bosello

For the time being, I've hidden the whole control bar bar by adding this CSS in the index.html

display: none !important;

eventually the control strip can still be shown but you can hide just the scrub bar with this

display: none !important;

ofcourse this is not a real solution (never nice fiddling with published files), but it helps for the time being

- Edit: I tested this on chrome and Android and it works, while on iOS controls seem to be natively replaced (thanks Apple...)

Alyssa Gomez

Hi Michelle,

Thanks for reaching out about this! Unlike the video controls on the desktop player, we don't have control over the player on a mobile device. However if "allow forward seeking" is disabled, you should notice that, even though you can scrub forward, the video will jump back to where you left off and begin in the correct spot.