A while ago I did a demo for an Articulate Challenge on using characters in e-learning where I added a presenter video to the course (also referred to as ‘talking head’ video). I think this is a great way add a human touch to online training and give the learner someone to connect with while going through the content. The success of MOOCs (massive online open courses) which use mainly video lectures are a great example of successful presenter video.
The demo I created was built in Articulate Studio which has a default feature to add video to the course player. Unfortunately for Articulate Storyline users this is not a default feature for the Storyline player. Luckily you can create something like this fairly easy. As with most things there are many different ways to this and I show you just one of the ways to make this happen.
Making some choices before getting started
Before we start adding video to the slide in Storyline you need to think about the consequences of adding a presenter video, how does it affect your layout, what size does my slide need to be… stuff like that.
If you take a look at a default Storyline slide you’ll see it has a 4:3 format (720×540 pixels). When you turn on the menu, on the left or right hand of the slide, via the player options you’ll get a 16:9 format (960×540). What you want to do is emulate that sidebar without using the actual player side bar. So here’s what you need to do:
- Change the size of your slide from 720×540 to 960×540 (Design tab > Storysize)
- Add a rectangular shape to you slide and size it 260×540 and align it top-left or top-right (depending on where you want the sidebar)
You should end up with something that looks like this:
As you can see you’ve now created a sidebar without sacrificing your content area would you use a default 4:3 format.
The rest is simple. Record or add existing video via Insert> Video, re-size it (max width 260 px) to fit the sidebar area and, if you prefer, remove rectangle place holder sidebar.
For the lazy ones among us you can also download a prepared .story file with the sidebar right here.