Inserted Flash Control

Written by Gabe Anderson — Posted in Articulate Presenter

This article applies to Articulate Presenter 4. See what’s new in Articulate Presenter 5!

So you have your shiny new Flash movie ready to go and you want to incorporate it into your Articulate Presenter presentation. No problem. But what about controlling your inserted Flash movie using the Articulate Player controls and getting the slide duration to match that of your inserted SWF file?


Here’s how to unify your controls:

  1. Determine the duration of the Flash movie you’re going to import.
  2. In PowerPoint, select the slide where your inserted SWF will reside.
  3. Go to Articulate -> Record Narration and record anything (muted audio or your rehearsal for that Shakespeare play you’ve been meaning to audition for) for a duration that matches the Flash movie you plan to insert.
  4. Close the Record Narration window to save your audio.
  5. Go to Articulate -> Import Audio -> click the slide in question -> click Remove.
  6. Insert your Flash movie (Articulate -> Insert Flash Movie). Be sure to check the box to “Allow player seek within inserted Flash movie.”


That’s it! What you’ve done (once you publish) is created a duration marker on your slide by recording an audio placeholder. This will allow you to control your inserted Flash movie (pause, seek) using the Articulate Player controls.

7 responses to “Inserted Flash Control”


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I have a similar issue, when trying to insert flv into the Presenter panel, the video is sometimes cut short, ie the next slide appears before the end of the video clip.
How can you determine the duration before moving on to the next slide?

BS // Posted at 4:46 am on April 15th, 2009

Hi BS- What version of Presenter are you using?

Have you checked in the audio editor to ensure that the duration of your slide matches your inserted FLV? Here’s another blog entry on this topic that may be helpful.

gabe // Posted at 11:36 am on April 15th, 2009

Thank you for the link. I’m using version 5 and tried the suggested solution, ie recording the narration to match the length of the video (in the Presenter panel), then deleting the audio.
This actually worked! My problem was that the changes only showed after deleting the previously published html.

BS // Posted at 4:20 am on April 16th, 2009

Glad to hear it, BS! And right- you wouldn’t see your latest changes made in Presenter until you re-publish/overwrite your previously published output.

gabe // Posted at 9:37 am on April 16th, 2009

I would like to use the movieLoaded.swf ( be able to pause swfs in my presentation, but am unsure how and would like more information.

Is the “S1_1_300k.swf” movie something that should be in the swf folder already or is it just an example? If it is an example, do I need to insert the name of the movie I want to play? I tried this and it did not work for me. I am using Flash CS4 (some AS2 and some AS3)/PPT 2003/Articulate v5.40 PRO.

Help would be greatly appreciated,


Glenda DeHoff // Posted at 9:58 am on July 9th, 2009

Hi Glenda- could you please direct your question to our support team, so that we can attempt to help you in more detail?

gabe // Posted at 3:28 pm on July 9th, 2009

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