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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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