Last Tuesday, I teamed up with fellow eLearning rockstar Bill Milstid to discuss some of the cool new features in Storyline 3. During the course of the webinar a number of questions were asked and answered, but there were also some key ones that weren’t addressed that we’d like to address here:

Closed Captions

Question: Can the Closed-Caption SRT file be in another language (the video language may be English, but you might want the captions in French, for example)?

Answer: Yes. The captions can be in whatever language you want. However I would strongly encourage you to verify your translation with someone familiar with the language. Don’t just run it through Google Translate and assume that it’s perfect.

Question: How did you create the SRT file?

Answer: While we touched on this during the webinar, it should be addressed here. There are number of free or low-cost options for creating caption or subtitle files. The one I used was a free version called Subtitle Edit. It just happened to be the one I came across first that would suit my needs. I haven’t used them all so I can’t provide a list of pros and cons of each.

Question: What if I have a video that does not currently have an .srt file included?

Answer: You can use any of the myriad tools to create a caption file after the fact. Some of the tools will do it automatically for you, others require a more manual process.

EMF Graphics

Question: What is the step-by-step process for importing and converting EMF image files?

Answer:

  1. Open the file in whatever tool you’re using to create it
  2. Export it as a .emf file
  3. Import the EMF file to Storyline 3
  4. Ungroup the image file
    1. Right click the image then select Group>Ungroup
    2. With the image selected, click the Format tab, then in the Arrange section of the ribbon select Group>Ungroup

(Remember that Storyline may resize and/or rotate some of the shapes used in the original image)

Tables

Question: Can you import data to the table instead of entering manually?

Answer: Unfortunately, no. Not at this time. The suggested method of doing this is to create the table in another tool (Excel, Word, etc) and import the data there, then bring that table into Storyline.

Question: Can variables be used as cell content?

Answer: Yes. Though the Insert Reference shortcut on the ribbon doesn’t work in tables, you can still type in the variable reference using the %VariableName% convention.

Question: Can you vary the height and width of the table cells?

Answer: Yes, just hover over the cell border and drag in the direction you want to expand/contract, just as you would for tables in most other tools.

There were a lot of questions about tables in general so I’m including this link to the Articulate page that covers this feature in depth.
Thank you for your attendance and your insightful questions and comments.

Please watch the recording of the webinar included below:

And don’t forget to check out our wide array of assets, templates and games for all your Storyline projects in our Library.

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