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Working with existing chapter points

From: Acrobat 9 Pro: Creating Multimedia Projects

Video: Working with existing chapter points

When working with certain video file formats, using Acrobat 9 Pro, Pro Extended, what we can do is we can work with what are called chapter points. Now, a chapter point is kind of like a marker in the video where you can launch an action. So we could have a video on the page where we have markers in there and if you maybe interact with a button or a link or something like that, we could click, and have it go to the marker or chapter point and skip through the video basically, hitting a certain time and starting playing from there. So if you think about it, there is a lot potential there.

Working with existing chapter points

When working with certain video file formats, using Acrobat 9 Pro, Pro Extended, what we can do is we can work with what are called chapter points. Now, a chapter point is kind of like a marker in the video where you can launch an action. So we could have a video on the page where we have markers in there and if you maybe interact with a button or a link or something like that, we could click, and have it go to the marker or chapter point and skip through the video basically, hitting a certain time and starting playing from there. So if you think about it, there is a lot potential there.

I mean if you have a single video and people want to be able to see certain parts of the video, maybe it's a training video, or things like that, you can easily jump between certain time codes in the video using chapter points. Now to create chapter points, it's kind of rough in Pro. I have tried it in a million different ways, bringing in MOV files, bringing FLV files, things like that, and Help tells you typically that you are not going to do it to FLV files. A lot of times, you are going to have the chapter points already created when you bring them in to let's say Acrobat Pro.

Now in Pro Extended, we can bring in certain video file types, and not FLV but MOV, things like that that are converted to FLV, if you want, and we can add chapter points in Pro Extended, after the video has been created, the multimedia is on the page. Now if you want to create them before, let's say that you are in Pro or even Pro Extended, and you want to create these chapter points and use them, what we can do is we can use several different programs. There's a lot of them out there. One example I have here is called Adobe Media Encoder. If you have got certain versions of the Creative Suite, some with video, some with Flash, it comes with Adobe Media Encoder.

So if you purchase Flash or purchase Adobe Premier Pro or things like that, this is just an encoder. So what we can do now with the CS4 version, we can add a file to it. If you don't have this, that's okay. I already have a version set for us. I just want to show you what this looks like. We can add a file to it and let's say I have got this Windows Media file here, and I have already converted one we can use later, and open it up, and you can see all the file types. They should probably be somewhat raw video that you have edited maybe and now you need to convert to what you want it to be. We are going to convert it to FLV, but we are going to add these chapter points first.

So if you click Settings, after you select the video, if you choose certain file types, and FLV/F4V is one of the big ones, it's going to ask you to add cue points if you want. And cue points are chapter points. That's basically what they are. Same thing. Now I want to make sure that this is FLV, and Same As Source is sizing, and of course what I would is go through and make sure that all of my settings over here are set, ready to go, make it good, but I have already made one so I'm just going to show you how this works. What we can do is we can kind of scrub through the video here, find a point in the Timeline where we want, and then we can add let's say a cue point or chapter point, they call them in Acrobat.

So I'll click the plus here and we are going to call this Berkeley. I can scrub through some more and say hey, let's get to the cafe section here. So I get there and click again, name it cafe. If I clicked OK to this after I have set this, and we can set just about as many as you want, and you can delete them or add them, whatever you need to do, I'll click OK. We then start to cue, and what it does is it goes through and encodes the media, saves it in that file format, which is FLV, which we can bring in. It's going to play in Reader 9 and later, in Acrobat 9 and later successfully, and we have got our chapter points or cue points set.

So I have got a file already created. So I'm going to close this up. We are going to add an FLV file to it that I have encoded. So if you come to Multimedia, come to the Flash tool, if you double-click somewhere, it's going to try and set at 100% of its original size. We are going to select a file and you can try all kinds of video and you can't do this to SWF files, but you can do it to video files of certain types. You can try a bunch. In Pro, it's going to be definitely harder, because it's going to tell you some of them are legacy multimedia and things like that. I'm going to choose chocolate_cp, which is the FLV file. I'll click Open and if your FLV files have H.264 encoding on them, it will maintain it or let you not do that.

Choose Show Advanced Options and come to Video. Now this is really curious, but typically if you have chapter points, or cue points, whatever you want to call these things, on a video, and you are inserting it, a lot of times Acrobat will not let you see them, even see them before you insert it on the page. What we are going to do is we are going to click OK, and then we are going to be able to go in and then see them. Now in Mac, in Pro, it's going to look a little different here I think. It's going so say something like actions. I believe that's just all Pro versions, but anyway. Click OK. That should insert the video.

It's going to embed it. Now we are going to go and edit the video, go back to the Properties. So if you right-click up here in the toolbars and come to Advanced Editing, come to the Select Object tool to be able to select that video, double-click to open it up, come back to the Video tab, and take a look. They are there. So what we can do then is if you have a chapter point or cue point, if you click on them, you can see the time code right there. Now in Acrobat Pro, you typically won't see plus and minus to be able to add or subtract, things like that. In Pro Extended, we do, but we don't see a plus over there to be able to add more, because we can't really do that with FLV files this way.

So what we are going to do is we are going to add some kind of action here. Now if you click on cafe to select that chapter point, click Actions. So let's say that once it gets to the cafe section of the video, we could have it play another video, we could have it go to web link, play a sound, the sky is the limit here, guys. I mean this is just insane. So I'll choose Open a web link, I'll add that up, and we'll just have it go out to a website. Let's say I have it go to lynda.com and say this is a training video and at one point you are trying to sell them on something and you take them to the website, click OK, and there we go.

Now we'll click OK. So we have an action set for cafe. Now if you ever need to edit that, you can always click back on the chapter point, click Action and get to it. Now we can do the same thing for Berkeley if you want to, but I want to show you something else we can do. I am going to click OK. Now if you want to test that out, go for it. You can go to the Hand tool, click to play it, and once it gets to that Berkeley section, you can probably scrub through. It will immediately go to the website, but I want to keep editing this thing. So first of all I'm going to drag it down a little bit, I have got the Select Object tool selected, and I'll drag this thing down just towards the buttons down there.

Now what we are going to do is we are going to make it so these buttons can actually interact as well. So with the Select Object tool selected in the Advanced Editing toolbar, come to Button1 down there, go ahead and double- click on it. We are going to change the name of this thing, because there are two buttons named Button1. So we'll call this Berkeley and we can set an action this that interacts with the video itself. Now if you look, you can see we can set a trigger to say on Mouse Up, Mouse Down, Mouse Enter, Mouse Exit, whatever you want to do, typically we do a Mouse Up so people can change their mind. We are going to select an action. We are going to tell it to interact with the multimedia that's out there that is Acrobat 9 and later.

So choose that, click Add, and what it's going to do is it's going to say okay, we have got these multimedia operations we can perform on this certain annotation. Just think of it as the video on the page. So we select the video we want to do the things to and if you come down here to the Action menu, go ahead and click on that and you should see we have got a lot of things we can do down here. Now the reasons why we use chapter points are multiple. First of all, we can set actions within the video so once it reaches one of those chapter points or time codes it does one thing or multiple things.

Also we can make it so that the buttons interact with the chapter points, but it's a little bit more generic. For instance, these buttons can go to the next chapter point or the previous chapter point, which is kind of generic. I mean I can't say in this case, using these two, I can't say go to the Berkeley chapter point, or whatever. So a lot of times what people will do is have little arrows going right and left, just as simple as that, and that way people can jump to the right or jump to the left, go to the next or previous chapter points. We can also tell to seek through a certain time. Now this is useful, because it can seek to your chapter point time and that's what we are going to do.

We can also put a mute out here, we can adjust the volume, and we can do custom actions here and I haven't talked about these at all. There's a lot of things we can do to interact with this video, including set the state of the video, all sorts of things we can do. So go to Seek to time, multimedia_seek is what it's going to do, and we need to punch in the time code here. So I'm going to do something like 5 seconds. You don't have to type in the 00:00 if you are used to doing video. As a matter of fact, it gets a little confused that way. So I'll type in just 5 for 5 seconds, I'll click OK.

There is the Multimedia Operation, let's test it out, click Close, go to the Hand tool, click Berkeley down there, and it should jump, there we go, right to the time code or it should jump to the actual number of seconds and it's going to begin playing from there. Now watch what happens here. Once it gets to that time code, check it out, this is the action we set in the video for that chapter point to go to the website. I'm going to block it just so we don't have to go out and look at it. This is going to open up a whole new world, because you can make it to where let's say the video is playing and it gets to a certain chapter point, we can have it show and hide text fields.

You can have a text field out there that has some description about the video. It could be covering a video. There's millions of things we can do, but this is working with chapter points and chapter points can be really useful. Like I said, in Pro, we are not going to be adding them. In Pro Extended, we can add them if we convert to FLV from other file formats.

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Acrobat 9 Pro: Creating Multimedia Projects

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  1. 5m 42s
    1. Welcome
      1m 8s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 8s
    3. Isn't a PDF just for reading?
      3m 26s
  2. 36m 14s
    1. Using links
      4m 35s
    2. Creating links
      4m 28s
    3. Editing links
      4m 22s
    4. Creating web links
      4m 8s
    5. Cross-document linking
      6m 21s
    6. Links and destinations
      6m 11s
    7. Creating link shortcuts
      6m 9s
  3. 38m 6s
    1. Adding buttons
      7m 50s
    2. Creating rollover buttons
      8m 8s
    3. Duplicating buttons
      5m 47s
    4. Using buttons to show and hide fields
      8m 43s
    5. Creating multiple action buttons
      2m 17s
    6. Button extras
      5m 21s
  4. 11m 51s
    1. Understanding multimedia and your audience
      4m 46s
    2. Understanding the difference between Acrobat Standard Pro and Pro Extended
      2m 28s
    3. Embedded vs. linked multimedia
      4m 37s
  5. 55m 13s
    1. Inserting Flash (SWF files)
      3m 33s
    2. Setting advanced options
      4m 51s
    3. Editing the play area
      2m 20s
    4. Inserting Flash content with resources
      5m 29s
    5. Working with ActionScript FlashVars and Acrobat (Acrobat version detect)
      6m 36s
    6. Working with existing chapter points
      9m 12s
    7. Adding chapter points when converting to FLV (Pro Extended only)
      3m 38s
    8. Converting to FLV (Pro Extended only)
      5m 39s
    9. Setting a page action to auto run multimedia
      4m 24s
    10. Adding video to Microsoft Office files
      5m 43s
    11. Commenting on video
      3m 48s
  6. 51m 28s
    1. Adding legacy multimedia
      7m 41s
    2. Setting the appearance (legacy media)
      4m 55s
    3. Setting playback settings
      8m 9s
    4. Adding alternate renditions (legacy media)
      5m 47s
    5. Linking to URL video
      6m 6s
    6. Controlling playback with buttons
      8m 25s
    7. Setting multimedia playback and multimedia trust preferences
      6m 5s
    8. Creating a PDF from drag and drop
      4m 20s
  7. 49m 37s
    1. Understanding audio formats
      4m 19s
    2. Inserting an audio file for Acrobat 9 playback
      6m 50s
    3. Inserting an audio file for Acrobat 8 and earlier playback
      6m 19s
    4. Setting the appearance of legacy sounds
      4m 24s
    5. Setting a page action for control
      10m 23s
    6. Controlling playback with buttons
      8m 17s
    7. Creating audio renditions
      6m 24s
    8. Understanding the difference between audio comments and multimedia audio
      2m 41s
  8. 22m 14s
    1. Understanding layers
      2m 14s
    2. Creating layers
      3m 28s
    3. Setting layer properties
      5m 9s
    4. Using button actions to show and hide layers
      3m 27s
    5. Using bookmarks to interact with layers
      4m 6s
    6. Importing a file as a layer
      3m 50s
  9. 44m 19s
    1. Understanding full-screen presentations
      2m 36s
    2. Setting initial view options
      4m 22s
    3. Setting full-screen preferences
      5m 50s
    4. About page actions
      2m 30s
    5. Creating a full-screen presentation using a page action
      4m 36s
    6. Adding a button to enter and exit full-screen mode
      6m 43s
    7. Setting transitions
      4m 48s
    8. Adding a document action to enter full-screen mode
      3m 16s
    9. Controlling full-screen mode using JavaScript
      9m 38s
  10. 1h 4m
    1. Introduction to JavaScript and Acrobat
      4m 2s
    2. Where does JavaScript go?
      5m 28s
    3. Creating a pop-up menu system
      10m 3s
    4. Manipulating PDF layers
      6m 3s
    5. Showing and hiding text fields
      8m 40s
    6. Spawning page templates
      11m 4s
    7. Popping an Alert window
      6m 14s
    8. Creating an Acrobat version detect pt. 1
      6m 21s
    9. Creating an Acrobat version detect pt. 2
      6m 18s
  11. 14s
    1. Goodbye
      14s

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