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If you have legacy video that you need to use in your layout, it's highly recommended that you convert your video with the Adobe Media Encoder before you place it inside InDesign. The Adobe Media Encoder is installed with Adobe InDesign CS5. It lets you convert your video from legacy formats like MOV and AVI to Flash video. You can also batch convert many files at once. To convert a video, we're first going to hit the Add button and we're going to browse, and we're going to select this legacy- video.mov file and we're going to click Open. When it gets added, we can choose what format and preset we want to convert with.
The format that we want to use is FLV and F4V, which are the Flash video formats. The preset will determine how large and the quality that it is. We can leave it at the default, Match Source Attributes (High Quality). By clicking the Settings button, we can control the settings further. In the Export Settings dialog, we can control various aspects of the video itself. We can trim the video if there is small portion we want to remove at the beginning or end. We could add navigation cue points, and we could even come in and add a small Gaussian blur if the video is a little jagged.
In the Video tab, we can see an Estimated File Size. So currently this file will be 13 megabytes when we're finished encoding it. If we want to make the file size smaller, we could always resize the video, to make the actual pixels smaller which in turn would lower its actual file size. Once you're done with your export settings, we can click OK and we're ready to convert our video. We'll click the Start Queue button, and the video will begin to convert. If you have a lot of videos in your queue or your videos are quite large or if your computer is a little slow, this may take a while.
I recommend that you get in the habit of converting your videos whenever you receive them. This way you're always ready to use them in your projects. There is nothing worse than being in a tight deadline when you realize that you have to convert a bunch of videos. If you convert them before you design, you're going to always be ready with your media.
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