You can edit videos at any time in Storyline using the built-in Video Editor. After adding a video to your story, right-click the video placeholder on your slide, and select Edit Video.

Notes:

  • SWF movies cannot be edited in Storyline. To edit SWF movies, you will need to use third-party editing software, and then import the edited files into Storyline.
  • FLV movies with alpha channel transparency cannot be edited in Storyline. However, you can edit FLV movies that don't have transparency.
  • Videos that have been inserted from a website, such as Screenr or YouTube, cannot be edited in Storyline.
  • Some features described below, such as adjusting brightness and contrast or inserting a logo, will not be noticeable if you click the Play button to preview your changes until you click the Save & Close button.

When the Video Editor opens, you can trim, crop, change the volume, adjust the brightness and contrast, insert a logo, and modify the encoding options.  We will review each of these features below.

Trimming a Video

If you only want to use part of a video, you can use the Trim feature to select just the part you want.  Here’s how:

  1. Click the Trim button on the toolbar.
  2. Draggable borders will appear on the timeline below your video.  Simply drag these borders to the place where you want the video to start and end.
  3. As you drag the start and end points of your video, keep an eye on the Trim Start, Trim End, and Trim Duration values at the bottom of your screen.  These will help you see exactly where the video is going to start and end and how long the trimmed version will be.
  4. You can preview your trimmed video by using the Play / Pause and Stop buttons in the lower left corner of the window.
  5. If you change your mind and want to revert back to the video as it was when you first opened the Video Editor , click the Reset Video button.
  6. When you have finished editing your video, click the Save & Close button on the toolbar.

Cropping a Video

The cropping tool allows you to change the width and / or the height of your video.  For example, you might want to crop out something that is distracting, or you might want to control the movie's dimensions so that it fits exactly into a specific area of your slide.  Here’s how to crop a video:

  1. Click the Crop button on the toolbar.
  2. A resizable cropping window is added to your video.  Simply drag the borders of the rectangle to select the portion of the video you want to keep.  If you want to maintain the original aspect ratio of your video, resize the cropping window by using the corner handles.
  3. As you drag the cropping window, keep an eye on the Crop value in the lower-right corner of your screen.  This will help you to size the video to exactly the dimensions that you want.
  4. If you change your mind and want to revert back to the video as it was when you first opened the Video Editor, click the Reset Video button.
  5. When you have finished editing your video, click the Save & Close button on the toolbar.

Adjusting the Volume, Brightness, and Contrast of a Video

You can improve the quality of your video by increasing or decreasing the volume and adjusting the brightness and contrast.  Here’s how:

  1. To adjust the audio volume, click the Volume button, and use the slider to increase or decrease the percentage.  You won’t be able to hear the volume adjustment until you click the Save &  Close button and return to Storyline.
  2. To adjust the brightness or contrast, use the Brightness and Contrast fields to specify a percentage.  The changes will be visible immediately.  (Note that changes to brightness and contrast also affect the logo for the video if you've added one.)
  3. If you change your mind and want to revert back to the video as it was when you first opened the Video Editor, click the Reset Video button.
  4. When you have finished editing your video, click the Save & Close button on the toolbar.

Adding a Logo or Watermark to a Video

Storyline makes it easy to brand your videos with a logo or a watermark.  Here’s how:

  1. Click the Insert Logo button on the toolbar.
  2. Browse to the image you want to use as your logo or watermark, and click the Open button.
  3. Resize the image and place it where you want it to appear on the video.
  4. If you want to apply some transparency to the image for a watermark effect, use the Transparency field to specify a percentage.
  5. If you change your mind and want to remove the image, you can click the Remove Logo button, or you can click the Reset Video button to revert back to the video as it was when you first opened the Video Editor.
  6. When you have finished editing your video, click the Save & Close button on the toolbar.

Note: You won't be able to see your logo when you preview the video in the Video Editor.  However, it will display as expected when you preview or publish your overall story.