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InDesign CS6: Interactive Documents

Placing a video and using the Media panel


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InDesign CS6: Interactive Documents

with Mike Rankin

Video: Placing a video and using the Media panel

One of the most dynamic and interesting elements you can add to your interactive documents is video. You can place videos into your InDesign documents, use the Media panel to set up the appearance and playback, and preview how they will work in the SWF Preview panel. Let's see how it works. Here I have a page that I would like to add video to. The video has already been produced and it's about all the great things about the Roux Academy. To place it into my layout, I can just use File > Place, like I was placing text or a picture, or I will just press Command+D or Ctrl+D. And in the Links folder I will navigate down to roux.mov, and Open.
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  1. 1m 45s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the exercise files and scripts
      43s
  2. 22m 41s
    1. Case study: tomaxxi's InDesign shortcuts guide
      4m 19s
    2. Case study: The Magic of Reality app
      3m 20s
    3. Exploring PDF digital magazines: InDesign Magazine
      2m 45s
    4. Looking at digital newspapers: BostonGlobe.com
      3m 44s
    5. Reviewing digital magazines: National Geographic
      4m 58s
    6. Exploring iamboundless.com
      3m 35s
  3. 21m 56s
    1. Setting preferences for interactive documents
      6m 32s
    2. Customizing the workspace
      5m 48s
    3. Understanding intent and presets
      3m 5s
    4. Working with images and swatches
      5m 2s
    5. Installing scripts
      1m 29s
  4. 37m 24s
    1. Using Liquid Layout
      9m 17s
    2. Creating alternate layouts
      4m 4s
    3. Using primary text frames
      3m 49s
    4. Using the Content Conveyor
      5m 42s
    5. Linking text
      4m 32s
    6. Linking page items
      3m 19s
    7. Fitting frames to content
      3m 33s
    8. Using style mapping
      3m 8s
  5. 49m 48s
    1. Reviewing what we're going to build
      1m 56s
    2. Previewing with the SWF Preview panel
      4m 51s
    3. Presentation design tips
      2m 41s
    4. Setting up a presentation file with layers
      4m 53s
    5. Creating a navigation system
      8m 32s
    6. Creating a title and content slides
      7m 57s
    7. Overriding master page items
      5m 59s
    8. Setting page transitions
      4m 34s
    9. Creating hyperlinks
      3m 40s
    10. Using the slug for notes
      4m 45s
  6. 37m 40s
    1. Understanding what we're going to build
      1m 11s
    2. Building an interactive table of contents
      5m 9s
    3. Building a navigation system
      4m 5s
    4. Creating PDF-only buttons
      3m 33s
    5. Using a SWF slideshow in a PDF
      9m 33s
    6. Placing a video and using the Media panel
      5m 44s
    7. Setting navigation points
      4m 28s
    8. Placing a video from a URL
      1m 21s
    9. Creating hyperlinks from URLs
      2m 36s
  7. 18m 6s
    1. An overview of PDF forms
      2m 6s
    2. Creating text fields and signature fields
      3m 13s
    3. Creating list boxes and combo boxes
      3m 55s
    4. Creating checkboxes and radio buttons
      3m 47s
    5. Creating tab order for PDF forms
      3m 14s
    6. Creating Submit, Print, and Clear Form actions
      1m 51s
  8. 53m 36s
    1. Exploring the Animation Encyclopedia script
      10m 57s
    2. Using the Animation panel
      6m 56s
    3. Animating on a motion path
      3m 57s
    4. Animating a list
      4m 29s
    5. Creating navigation buttons
      5m 15s
    6. Creating a multi-state object
      6m 23s
    7. Creating a page number indicator
      2m 57s
    8. Animating an opening page
      3m 9s
    9. Creating a multi-purpose button
      3m 11s
    10. Exporting your presentation and embedded fonts to SWF
      3m 46s
    11. Working with transitions and animation
      2m 36s
  9. 40m 34s
    1. An overview of the DPS workflow and the publishing process
      4m 31s
    2. Creating hyperlinks
      5m 17s
    3. Creating slideshows
      3m 25s
    4. Using the Image Sequence feature
      4m 58s
    5. Adding audio and video
      5m 6s
    6. Creating panoramas
      4m 21s
    7. Adding web content
      3m 56s
    8. Panning and zooming
      4m 1s
    9. Creating scrollable frames
      4m 59s
  10. 27m 18s
    1. Using the Folio Builder panel
      5m 28s
    2. Creating a folio
      5m 28s
    3. Adding articles to a folio
      5m 47s
    4. Using the Content Viewer to preview a folio
      3m 53s
    5. Using the Folio Producer
      4m 54s
    6. Viewing a folio on an iPad
      1m 48s
  11. 49s
    1. Next steps
      49s

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InDesign CS6: Interactive Documents
5h 11m Intermediate Jun 11, 2012

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Join Adobe InDesign and publishing expert Mike Rankin as he explains how to use InDesign to design a wide range of digital documents, including interactive PDFs and apps for the iPad. This course provides a tour of digital publishing trends and shows how to bring these trends to bear in various projects, such as a slide presentation, a PDF form, and an interactive portfolio. Mike also introduces the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite and shows how to publish dynamic interactive documents to the iPad and other mobile devices.

Topics include:
  • Examining trends in digital design
  • Setting preferences for interactive documents
  • Understanding intent and presets
  • Working with images and swatches
  • Creating and working with interactive PDFs
  • Creating alternate layouts for multiple screens
  • Linking text and page items
  • Fitting frames to content
  • Setting up a file with layers
  • Creating a slideshow with transitions and hyperlinks
  • Building a table of contents
  • Adding a SWF slideshow to a PDF
  • Placing video
  • Creating PDF forms
  • Adding animation
  • Working with the Digital Publishing Suite
Subjects:
Design Digital Publishing PDF Projects
Software:
InDesign Digital Publishing Suite
Author:
Mike Rankin

Placing a video and using the Media panel

One of the most dynamic and interesting elements you can add to your interactive documents is video. You can place videos into your InDesign documents, use the Media panel to set up the appearance and playback, and preview how they will work in the SWF Preview panel. Let's see how it works. Here I have a page that I would like to add video to. The video has already been produced and it's about all the great things about the Roux Academy. To place it into my layout, I can just use File > Place, like I was placing text or a picture, or I will just press Command+D or Ctrl+D. And in the Links folder I will navigate down to roux.mov, and Open.

And right away, I get a warning dialog box telling me, "Media files not supported by Flash." This video will be okay if I export it to interactive PDF, but it's not to going to make it into an exported SWF. And furthermore, it's recommended that I convert the video, using the Adobe Media Converter, to Flash video format. I am going to ignore that for now and click Continue to place the video. It's pretty plain-looking right now, just a generic video icon here. To manage placed videos in InDesign, I need to use the Media panel.

I will open that up, and I can see, because of the format of the video, I can't preview in this panel. Nor can I preview it in the SWF Preview panel. I can set some options like Play on Page Load and Loop. I can also choose a Poster: None or the Standard poster, or I could choose a specific image. And I have some basic options to show no controller or a controller. I can also click on the PDF options at the bottom of the Media panel and set a description for the video and have it play in a floating window, and if I do that, I can pick the size and position of the floating window.

I will cancel out of that. Let's export right now to interactive PDF and see what we get. I will export to the desktop. I will just call it Video. Click Save. I don't need it to open in Full Screen mode, but I want to view after exporting. And I will click OK. The file opens in Adobe Acrobat, and I can click to play the video. (video playing) I can click on it again to pause it.

I will close that PDF, and let's go back and heed the advice InDesign was giving us when it told us to use the Adobe Media Converter. First of all, I will delete this placed video. So let's switch over to the Adobe Media Encoder. This is a separate application that comes with the Creative Suite. If you don't have this application, you can still convert to different video formats with other applications, some of which are free. In the Media Encoder, at the top-left I have my queue.

This is where I will convert the format of my video file. I can either drag a movie to this panel or I can click the plus sign. I will navigate to my links and choose that video file and click Open. Now for format, F4V is chosen by default. This is a Flash format and it works quite well in many situations, but if I want to publish to the iPad, I need to pick a different format, because Apple's iOS doesn't support Flash.

So I can click in the triangle and I can pick a different format, like H.264. In the Preset menu, I will scroll down and pick the first iPad video format. On the right, I also have a file path where the new video file will be created. Now I will click the green play button and the video is being converted. Now let's go back to InDesign and place that file.

It was created in the Links folder. I'll scroll down and select a new video file roux.MP4. Click Open. And now I don't get that warning when I go to place the video and when I place it, I can see the Media panel looks quite different. Now I can see a preview of the video. I can scrub through it to see any frame. And when I find one I like, I can use that as the poster. I will choose Poster: From Current Frame and click the button on the right.

And now for Controllers, instead of having just one choice, I have a whole bunch of choices. I will choose SkinOverAllNoCaption and Show Controller on Rollover. I can preview this video in the SWF Preview panel too. (video playing) Now let's export again and check out our video. I will export to PDF (Interactive). I call this Video2 > Save > View After Exporting and click OK.

(video playing) The video plays and I have my controllers. InDesign will allow you to place video in several different formats, but it's best to stick to Flash-based video like FLV or F4V, or H.264-encoded video like MP4 and M4V; that way you get the most options for control and playback. Just remember that devices running Apple's iOS won't play video in FLV or F4V, so stick to H.264 encoding if you want your video to be viewed on an iOS device, like an iPad.

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Q: I'm following along with the movie "Using a SWF slideshow in a PDF," but when I go to the Tools menu in Acrobat, there is no Multimedia option. Can you help me complete the tutorial?
A: With each new version of Acrobat, Adobe seems to enjoy moving commands to different menus, and sometimes renaming them. To remove the background in Acrobat XI, take the Selection tool (black arrow) and right-click anywhere in the window and choose Properties. This opens the Edit SWF dialog box where you can select Transparent Background in the Launch Settings. You can do the same thing by choosing Tools > Interactive Objects > Select Object and then double clicking anywhere on the SWF.
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