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Adding video, sound, and SWF files

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Video: Adding video, sound, and SWF files

One of the best ways to liven up a PDF is to add some rich media to it. That's kind of a jargon term that actually means things like video or sound or animation. It's actually quite simple do in Acrobat. Now, in fact, you could even include that stuff in the authoring file. Like in Word, you could place a video, or in InDesign, or in Illustrator. Then when you export to PDF, there are options that will include that media, so that it's already in the PDF. But we will start with the scenario that you have a PDF that has no rich media that you'd like to add to it.

Adding video, sound, and SWF files

One of the best ways to liven up a PDF is to add some rich media to it. That's kind of a jargon term that actually means things like video or sound or animation. It's actually quite simple do in Acrobat. Now, in fact, you could even include that stuff in the authoring file. Like in Word, you could place a video, or in InDesign, or in Illustrator. Then when you export to PDF, there are options that will include that media, so that it's already in the PDF. But we will start with the scenario that you have a PDF that has no rich media that you'd like to add to it.

So we have here a very simple two page extract of a brochure that you would like to add some interest to. Let's start with video. I have some room down here to add a video. You add rich media from the tools panel. Go to Content, down here under Add or Edit Interactive Object; we want to add some Multimedia called a Video. So you choose Video and if you're thinking I'm going to get a pop-up that says where is the video file, you're mistaken. Actually, what you get is a crosshair. So you're supposed to drag out the area of the page where you want the video to go.

You can always move it later if you want. So I am dragging out a rectangular area. Now we get the little pop-up. Where is the video? I am going to click Browse and I have an F4V, a Flash video here in the Exercise Files. You can place any F4V or other Flash video format or any MOV, QuickTime movie file, that has been saved with H.264 encoding. So we will click Open. Now let's take a look at the Advanced Options before we actually place it. The Advanced Options ask us first of all about Launch Settings.

When should this video start playing? The default is when somebody clicks on it. They will get a little pop-up that says, click to play or click to enable. You could say when somebody moves to the page like in a multipage PDF, or when somebody scrolls to the page, that it should start playing immediately, but I think most users like to have more control over that. When should it be disabled? When Disable Content is selected from the right-click or context menu, or when somebody moves away from the page. We will just leave that at the default.

The Playback Style is, do you want the movie to play on the page or do you want it to open in a little pop-up window, like a little floating window, and then they click a close box when it's over? It's up to you. I am going to leave it as content on the page. Let's go down here to Poster Image. I usually like to create a little JPEG or PNG file that is a preview or a poster for the movie. That's what shows on the movie file until it's actually playing. So I've already created one here. If you click Browse, you can go to Poster Images and here's the picture of olive picking, which is what the movie is all about, picking olives, kind of neat.

Under controls you have your choice of skins. A skin is kind of like a style and these are all the controls that you would find on any kind of video player. So Play, Seek, Mute, Stop, Pause, all that kind of stuff. Now these controls, I am going to leave it at All Controls, are set to Auto-hide by default. What that means is that the controls don't appear underneath the video, they appear on top of the video. Sort of like toward the bottom. They are like a rollover effect. So when your mouse goes over the video, then they see the control. When your mouse leaves the video area, then the controls disappear and you can see the full movie.

Even when the controls are on top of movie though, you can still see the movie content behind it, because it's not 100% opaque. It's 75% opaque. That's what this is all about. Let's just leave those as is. Finally, the last video tab lets you set chapter points. These are kind of like bookmarks at different time codes in the video that lets you use buttons or links to jump to certain points in the video. So, basically using the default settings, except for our Poster Image, we are going to click OK, and there is the video.

Now if you want to see it play, put your cursor over and click to activate like the tooltip tells you. (Video Playing) This is a very interesting video about picking olives, and you notice that when I moved my cursor over the video that you saw the playback controls, and when the cursor moved away, they disappeared. Pretty neat. Now let's add some sound.

I am just going to drag out a little area for sound right below the movie. Again, I'm going to the Multimedia menu choice and I'll choose Sound. Again, I have the crosshairs. So I am going to drag out a little area for the sound. I am going to get a pop-up saying where is the sound? You can use AIFF or you can use MP3s. That's new in more recent versions of Acrobat. I have an MP3 file here, which is just me in a very bad recording saying welcome. So I will click Open. Let's look at the Advanced Options for sound.

Again, when should the sound play? When somebody goes to that page? That's everybody's favorite thing. When somebody goes to a page and music starts playing. Ah! Forget about it! When content is clicked, that's what I like to have. And the Playback Style, play the content on the page or do you want it in a pop-up window? Let's take a look at that one this time. A little floating window. Again, I have a Poster Image that I created. It's just my headshot, because it's actually me talking. So I thought that would make a lot of sense. Then let's click OK. So there is the headshot and then click to activate.

(Music Playing) Wasn't that exciting? So I am going to just close the box right here. That's how you add a sound file. Finally, let's add an animation. Now, this file is created in InDesign, and InDesign CS5 can export SWF animation. So in InDesign I actually made this cool little logo up here twirl. Then I exported that selection as a SWF and that's what we are going to place here. We are going to replace this boring static one with a twirling logo. So first I need to delete the existing one.

I am just going to use my Edit Object tool. To select it, just drag a little selection rectangle over it and press Delete, and then we're going to go to the Multimedia tool and choose SWF. You can get SWF files not just by exporting them from InDesign, but for Flash or there are also web sites where you can download different kinds of SWF files. They're a lot of fun to play with. Here we go! I am going to drag out a little area for the SWF file. Now I want to know where is the SWF file? I am going go back to Rich Media, and let's look at those Advanced Options.

They're essentially the same as they were for video and sound, we are just going to use the poster artwork that's already in the SWF file. The other two tabs are for more advanced uses for SWFs. Programmers can do all sorts of interesting things between dynamic data and SWF files. We will leave that for another title. So I am just going to accept the existing default and click OK. And there's our animation. It comes in sideways for some reason. I'm not quite sure why, but if we click to activate, there it is and it's twirling.

Now I am going to select this thing and enlarge it. Here we go! I just dragged it to scale it up. Now notice it's obscuring some of the artwork behind it. So I am going to right-click, Properties and choose Transparent Background, so we can see some of the background behind it. Let's play with our Hand tool. There we go! So you saw how easy it is to add interest to any PDF, just by bringing in video or sound or cool animations.

It's a lot of fun.

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  1. 1m 53s
    1. Welcome
      1m 33s
    2. Using the exercise files
      20s
  2. 55m 0s
    1. Opening documents and moving them around
      6m 3s
    2. Working with the toolbars
      5m 59s
    3. Working with the panels
      3m 43s
    4. Customizing the toolbar with Quick Tools
      4m 40s
    5. Using the Pages panel to navigate
      3m 57s
    6. Selecting and copying text and graphics
      3m 24s
    7. Rotating pages
      4m 49s
    8. Changing the viewing options
      6m 12s
    9. Reviewing preferences
      7m 6s
    10. Finding words and phrases
      2m 35s
    11. Searching a PDF and working with the Search panel
      4m 21s
    12. Sharing PDFs by email and with Adobe SendNow
      2m 11s
  3. 33m 18s
    1. Creating PDFs from Microsoft Office applications
      9m 46s
    2. Creating PDFs from Creative Suite applications
      8m 57s
    3. Creating PDFs from within Acrobat Pro
      4m 27s
    4. Creating PDFs from a web site
      8m 22s
    5. Creating PDFs from the clipboard
      1m 46s
  4. 30m 58s
    1. Editing text
      8m 51s
    2. Adding text
      4m 40s
    3. Editing images and graphics
      3m 39s
    4. Changing the page number display
      3m 48s
    5. Digitally signing PDFs
      6m 26s
    6. Cropping pages and documents
      3m 34s
  5. 1h 6m
    1. Adding watermarks
      6m 17s
    2. Adding page backgrounds
      5m 41s
    3. Adding page numbers
      5m 56s
    4. Adding headers and footers
      9m 7s
    5. Adding bookmarks
      11m 30s
    6. Attaching files to a PDF
      7m 11s
    7. Adding metadata
      3m 45s
    8. Optimizing a PDF for file size and compatibility
      10m 12s
    9. Creating initial view settings
      7m 16s
  6. 37m 59s
    1. Adding hyperlinks to URLs
      7m 33s
    2. Creating links with the Link tool
      6m 9s
    3. Working with interactive actions
      6m 56s
    4. Creating and adding buttons
      6m 28s
    5. Adding video, sound, and SWF files
      7m 29s
    6. Adding page transitions
      3m 24s
  7. 27m 12s
    1. Extracting pages
      3m 53s
    2. Splitting a PDF into multiple files
      4m 13s
    3. Inserting pages from files and other sources
      5m 42s
    4. Moving, copying, and replacing pages
      8m 17s
    5. Combining PDFs
      5m 7s
  8. 27m 9s
    1. Exporting text
      8m 33s
    2. Exporting images
      6m 33s
    3. Exporting PDFs to Microsoft Word
      7m 21s
    4. Exporting PDFs to Microsoft Excel
      4m 42s
  9. 26m 27s
    1. Working with portfolios
      6m 57s
    2. Creating portfolios
      6m 26s
    3. Customizing portfolios
      7m 23s
    4. Optimizing backward compatibility
      5m 41s
  10. 32m 9s
    1. Creating an interactive form
      6m 42s
    2. Working with form fields
      6m 41s
    3. Editing field properties
      5m 34s
    4. Distributing and collecting forms
      9m 43s
    5. Enabling Reader to save form data
      3m 29s
  11. 34m 26s
    1. Adding sticky notes and other annotations
      9m 2s
    2. Using the drawing markup tools
      6m 10s
    3. Viewing, filtering, and replying to comments
      5m 24s
    4. Printing, summarizing, and exporting comments
      6m 35s
    5. Exporting comments to Word for Windows
      3m 28s
    6. Enabling extended commenting in Acrobat Reader
      3m 47s
  12. 25m 29s
    1. Understanding the different review processes
      2m 7s
    2. Using the email review process
      4m 33s
    3. Conducting a shared review with Acrobat.com
      6m 54s
    4. Using the Review Tracker
      4m 32s
    5. Using the Collaborate Live review process
      7m 23s
  13. 31m 2s
    1. Reviewing the print production tools
      5m 18s
    2. Previewing color separations
      3m 51s
    3. Using the Object Inspector to learn details
      3m 13s
    4. Working with the Preflight dialog box
      5m 34s
    5. Fixing hairlines
      3m 57s
    6. Converting colors
      2m 27s
    7. Saving as a standards-compliant PDF
      6m 42s
  14. 19m 16s
    1. Scanning a paper document to PDF
      4m 44s
    2. Setting up optimization options
      6m 48s
    3. Recognizing text in a scanned PDF
      4m 43s
    4. Reviewing and correcting OCR suspects
      3m 1s
  15. 17m 18s
    1. Using the built-in Actions for automation
      5m 32s
    2. Editing Actions
      4m 7s
    3. Creating new Actions
      4m 51s
    4. Sharing Actions with others
      2m 48s
  16. 35m 27s
    1. Choosing a security method
      5m 27s
    2. Password-protecting a PDF
      7m 28s
    3. Securing a PDF with a certificate
      5m 6s
    4. Creating a digital id
      5m 43s
    5. Removing sensitive content with the Redaction feature
      6m 52s
    6. Revealing and clearing hidden information
      4m 51s
  17. 33m 45s
    1. Opening and navigating PDFs in Reader
      7m 30s
    2. Adding comments
      3m 14s
    3. Viewing extended features
      6m 53s
    4. Digitally signing a PDF
      6m 15s
    5. Sharing PDFs
      2m 29s
    6. Using Acrobat.com
      7m 24s
  18. 3m 54s
    1. Final thoughts
      3m 54s

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