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Screencasts help learners get familiar with systems and software before they dig in for themselves. In this post, you’ll learn how you can create high-resolution recordings that display every important detail using Storyline 360.

The secret to pixel-perfect screencasts is making sure that you capture and play your video at around the same size. If you shrink or expand your screen recording to fit your slides, you’ll end up with a final product that’s blurry and hard for learners to follow.

The screen recording tool in Storyline 360 makes it really easy to avoid this problem, since you can create screencasts at any size and customize the recording options to minimize scaling. Here’s how to do it in a few easy steps.

Step 1: Identify the Ideal Screen Resolution

First, you’ll want to determine the average or target screen resolution for your learners. This is important because the more your project has to scale up or down to fit the target screen resolution, the lower the resulting image quality. Obviously, there will be some variation in screen resolution among your learners, but the goal here is to choose a screen resolution that’s closest to what most people use to limit how much your course has to scale.

This article provides some helpful context about screen-size trends. Do your research, talk to your learners, and make an informed choice.

Step 2: Set Your Story Size

Then, set your story size to the target screen resolution you’ve chosen. Since your aim is to avoid scaling, it’s important that your recording dimensions match the story size you’ve chosen. When you’re ready to record, set the recording area to the same dimensions.

Note that it’s always best to define your story size before you begin creating your course. If you change your story size mid-project, you might need to adjust the size and placement of objects on any slides that you added prior to changing the dimensions.

Bonus Tips

Need to switch between apps while you’re recording? Want to record your entire screen without compromising on quality? Check out these bonus tips:

  • If you’re switching between different software in a single recording, this helpful post from Tom Kuhlmann has a cool trick for making sure all your windows display at the right size.
  • If you need to capture your entire screen and you have a large monitor, lower your monitor’s resolution (while maintaining the same aspect ratio) before you record. It might look blurry while you’re capturing your screen, but when you go back to your normal resolution afterwards the image will look crisp.

More Resources

There you have it! You’ve just added a new technique for creating high-resolution screencasts to your e-learning development skills list. 👏

Looking for more ideas for creating great screencasts? Get tips from the experts in this article: Tips for Using the Storyline 360 Screen Recorder Like a Pro

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Morten Jacobsen
Meera Lynn
Jonathon Casterline