In Storyline, you can add videos from files, from websites, and from your own webcam.  We will take a look at each method below.

Adding a Video from a File

Storyline supports numerous video file formats.  SWF, FLV, and MP4 are natively supported.  Other video file formats will be automatically converted to MP4 when you insert them into Storyline.

Note: Videos will be automatically synchronized with the slide and controlled by the timeline. To add an interactive SWF file that plays independently of the slide and isn't controlled by the timeline, insert it as a Flash movie instead.

Here’s how to insert a video from a file:

  1. Go to the Insert tab.
  2. Click the Video drop-down arrow, and select Video from File.
  3. Navigate to the video you want to insert, and click the Open button.
    • The following file formats are natively supported in Storyline:
      • FLV
      • MP4
      • SWF
    • The following file formats will be converted to MP4 when they are imported into Storyline:
      • 3G2
      • 3GP
      • ASF
      • AVI
      • DV
      • M1V
      • M2V
      • M4V
      • MOV
      • MPE
      • MPEG
      • MPG
      • QT
      • WMV

Note:  If your video placeholder in Storyline is hard to see (it could appear as a white, black, or transparent rectangle), you can right-click the placeholder, and select Set Poster Frame.  Then browse to and select an image file to use as your placeholder.

Adding a Video from a Website

Storyline makes it easy to embed videos that are hosted on popular websites such as YouTubeScreenr, and Vimeo.

  1. Go to the Insert tab.
  2. Click the Video drop-down arrow, and select Video from Website.
  3. Paste the video embed code from the hosting website into the Insert Video From Website text box.
  4. Click the Insert button.

Recording a Video from a Webcam

With Storyline, you can also record video directly from your webcam.  Here’s how:

  1. Go to the Insert tab.
  2. Click the Video drop-down arrow, and select Record Webcam.
  3. Before you begin recording, you can click More device settings if you have more than one webcam / microphone or if you want to change the video size. And then specify the following: 
    • Use the Video Device drop-down list to select the webcam you want to use.
    • Click the Advanced hyperlink to fine-tune your webcam properties.
    • Use the Video Size drop-down list to select the dimensions for your video.
    • Use the Audio Device drop-down list to select the microphone you want to use.
  4. Click the red Record button to begin recording.
  5. When you have finished recording your video, click the Stop button.
  6. If you'd like to preview your recording before inserting it into your story, click the Play button.
  7. If you'd like to redo your recording, click the red X to delete the current recording. Then you can record again.
  8. When you're ready to insert the recording into your story, click OK.

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Editing Videos
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