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In addition to the general video controls like play, pause, and volume, you can also add buttons that allow the person viewing the video to skip directly to a specific point in the movie. Let's see how it's done. Here I have my document and I've placed a video file in MP4 format into the layout, and I've created three buttons that I want to use to jump to specific spots in the video. I call them State of the Art, Experience, and Artistry. If I want to create navigation points in InDesign, I can do that in the Media panel. I couldn't do this if the video was in legacy format, but with Flash video or video with H.264 encoding, I can.
So I'll select the video, go to the Media panel, and right now Navigation Points is empty. So what I need to do is drag the playhead to the spot where I want to create the first navigation point. I'll drag to around 21, 22 seconds. It's not that easy to get a very specific spot here. The controls for scrubbing in the Media panel are kind of sticky and jittery, and not all that precise. It's an exercise in patience to get what you want. But this will do here. Down below, I'll click on the plus button and I'll give it a name. I'll call it "state of the art" and press Return or Enter.
I'll drag the playhead again, click the plus button, call this one "experience" and drag it again to create a third navigation point. Click plus and I'll call this one artistry. Now to hook these navigation points up to my buttons. I'll select the first, button State of the Art, go to my Buttons and Forms panel. This button is called State of the Art, the Event is On Release or Tap, and I'll add the Action > Video, roux.MP4, Play from Navigation Point, and the Point is state of the art.
Let's do it for the second button. I'll select the Experience button, add an Action > Video, Play from Navigation Point, experience. And again for Artistry: add an Action > Video, Play from Navigation Point, artistry. Now let's preview them. I'll click on the first button. (video playing) The second one. (video playing) And the third.
(video playing) You can add navigation buttons inside InDesign with either Flash video or H.264-encoded video. The one benefit of Flash video is that you can also set navigation points in it outside of InDesign using the Adobe Media Converter application. So let's see how that's done. I'll switch over to the Adobe Media Encoder application and in the Queue pane, I'll select a video. I'll click the plus button. In my Links panel I'll select my MP4 and click Open.
I need to convert to FLV format, and I'll click on the preset to open the Export Settings dialog box, and here I can drag the playhead to about 22 seconds. And navigation points are called cue points inside the Adobe Media Encoder. I'll click the plus button, click Cue Point, call this state of the art. Then I'll drag the playhead, add another cue point, click the plus button, and name this one experience. And a third one, which I'll call artistry.
I'll click OK and click the green button to encode the new video. When it's done, I'll switch back to InDesign, I'll remove the MP4, and I'll place the new video, roux.FLV. Click Open, place it, and in the Media panel, I can see those cue points that I set in the Adobe Media Encoder. Creating navigation points for videos makes them more interactive and convenient to use.
Just remember if you're using H.264-encoded video, you have to set navigation points in InDesign. If you're using Flash video, you can use the Adobe Media Converter to embed navigation points, called cue points, in the video itself.
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