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How To Avoid Video Quality Issues After Publishing in Articulate Storyline

Written By Satish Kumar Viyyapu

How To Avoid Video Quality Issues After Publishing in Articulate Storyline

Videos strengthen the visual appeal and infuse learner’s interest. Adding videos to eLearning courses helps in meeting learning objectives of the course and improving information retention by learners.

Recently one of our clients asked us for a requirement that their courses should have at least one video per topic covered and all the courses should be developed using Articulate Storyline.

Within less time we have developed courses based on their requirement but noticed that some videos lost their quality after publishing. I have tried in all possible ways to avoid the quality issues and finally found an easy and effective way.

Before explaining that, let me explain the reason behind those issues. Articulate Storyline compresses the videos we have inserted our course and encodes them to .mp4 format while publishing. So prefer to add .mp4 videos directly into your eLearning course. If not possible, follow the process explained below.

These are the steps to avoid loss of video quality after publishing in Articulate Storyline:

Step 1: Go to the Insert  tab and click on Video and then select the Video from File option to insert a video in to the slide

Step1

Step 2: Publish the course to Web by clicking the Publish option from the Home tab

Step 2

Step 3: Open the story_content folder in the publish folder. You will find several files like audio, video, images which you have used in the source and other files which are created on publishing. Now, find the video which you have inserted (by playing all the available videos) from that folder and copy the name.

Note that Storyline gives unique names for each and every file you have used on publishing.

Step 3

Step 4: Now delete the video and paste your original video in the story_content folder. Rename this original video with the name of deleted video (which we have copied earlier)

That’s it! Check out the output. You will see the videos with original quality.

Hope this helps you. Please do share your comments and feedback on this post.

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  • Paul Schneider

    If you do this won’t you have problems with compatibility on mobile devices or other devices that don’t play whatever your original type was? Will storyline play all video types you paste in there – would you have to rename the video – I assume with .mp4 extension even it is wasn’t an mp4?