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In InDesign CS5: Interactive Documents and Presentations, Adobe Certified Instructor and designer James Fritz shows print designers how to use InDesign by itself and in conjunction Flash Professional to layout and design a wide range of digital documents. The course provides a tour of digital publishing trends, showing real-world examples of what can be achieved through InDesign. Several start-to-finish projects are also included, such as creating a presentation with transitions and animations, and building an interactive microsite. Exercise files accompany the course.
When you place a video into InDesign and export to Flash, it's not included directly in the layout. Instead, there is a placeholder image in its place. But the video itself is located in a resources folder next to the FLA file. So in our layout, we are going to have to come to the second spread. So let's go to next keyframe here and we are going to double-click in to get to the spread. Now before we bring in the video, we're going to have to delete the poster image because we don't really need this anymore. But to ensure that the video lines up perfectly where the poster image is, we have to put some guides out with the rulers. We're going to go to View > Rulers and over here we are just going to grab that little guide and just kind of drag him over here, and that looks pretty good there, and we'll come to the top and bring this one down.
Now that we've got those down we can delete the poster image and we no longer need it. To bring in the video, we're going to go to File > Import > Import Video and inside this dialog box, we are going to hit the little Browse button and we are going to go into the FLA Resources folder and grab that f4v file. We are not going to have to worry about the rest of these options. We'll just hit Continue and we will hit Continue again and Finish. Now when we get our video file it's going to come in here and we're just going to move this over and line up with the guides that we created earlier. Now that the video is in here, there are a few options that we are going to have to change.
So over in the Properties panel we're going to turn off autoPlay, because we don't need the video to play immediately when the video becomes visible. But we are going to turn on skinAutoHide, which will hide the play head skin. So we don't have to be seeing this while we are playing the video. Now I have this finished let's test the movie. We can go to the next page and we can hit Play to start the video. (Music playing) Importing a video into Flash is very similar to placing a video inside InDesign. Keep in mind that if you've ever moved to FLA, you will want to relink the video via the Properties panel.
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