In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to record screencasts and insert them as videos in your Storyline 360 and Storyline 3 courses.

You can also record screencasts and insert them into your courses as interactive simulations across a series of step-by-step slides. You’ll learn about interactive simulations in the next tutorial.

The power of screencasts in Storyline is that you only have to record your screen once, then you can reuse the same recording again and again—either as a video on a single slide or as a series of interactive step-by-step slides.

Watch this video to learn about recording screencast videos, then follow the activities below to practice.

Practice Activities:

  1. Prepare to Record a Screencast
  2. Record Your Screen
  3. Preview the Screencast and Insert It into Your Course as a Video
  4. Adjust the Video Settings

Practice Activity: Prepare to Record a Screencast

First, we need to prepare to record by launching the recorder, choosing our recording options, and selecting the recording area.

  1. Launch Storyline and start a new project.
  2. Go to the Slides tab on the ribbon and click the top half of the Record Screen button. Storyline will temporarily hide, and a recording window will appear.
  3. The default recording size matches your slide size in Storyline, but you can change it. Just use the sizing handles to resize the recording area or choose a standard size from the recording control bar.
  4. Next, place the recording window where you need it on the screen. You can drag it by its bounding box or the “how to record” box in the middle of the window.
  5. If your recording will include audio, use the control bar to select a microphone. If you don’t need audio, select No Audio.

Now you’re ready to record. Proceed to the next activity.

Practice Activity: Record the Screencast

In this activity, you’ll record yourself performing a simple task. For example, you might add an animated shape to a PowerPoint slide.

  1. Open PowerPoint or the program you want to record. Make sure the Storyline recording window is positioned over it correctly.
  2. When you’re ready, click the red Record button on the recording control bar.
  3. Record yourself performing a simple task, such as inserting a shape in PowerPoint and animating it. If you have a microphone, narrate your steps along the way.
  4. When you’re finished, click Done on the control bar. (If you need to start over, click the trash icon instead.)

When you click Done, a preview of your recording will appear. Proceed to the next activity.

Practice Activity: Preview the Screencast and Insert It into Your Course as a Video

  1. When the preview window appears, use the video controls to preview your recording.
  2. Use the Name field to give your recording a recognizable name so you can identify it later.
  3. Next, you can choose to insert the screencast into your course as a video on a single slide or interactive step-by-step slides. For this tutorial, choose Video on a single slide. (You’ll learn about interactive simulations in the next tutorial.)
  4. Mark the box to Show mouse cursor.
  5. Insert the video in a new scene and give the scene a name in the field provided.
  6. Click Insert.

Notice that Storyline creates a new scene with a new slide and adds a video of your recording to it.

Practice Activity: Adjust the Video Settings

You can change the settings for a screencast video just like any other video in Storyline, such as where it plays, when it plays, and whether it has its own player controls.

Go to the slide with your screencast video, select the video placeholder, then go to the Options tab on the ribbon to see the video settings.

To learn about the video options, see this user guide. To learn how to use the built-in video editor, see this user guide.

Be sure to save your project file so you can reuse it in the next tutorial on creating interactive software simulations.


You've learned how to record a screencast and insert it as a video into a Storyline course. To learn more about recording screencasts, see the Storyline 360 and Storyline 3 user guides.

In the next tutorial, you’ll learn how to create interactive software simulations.