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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.
Adding interactivity to a document can really add to its file size, but the worst offender is video. Even a short video can substantially increase your file size. To avoid increasing your document's file size, you can link to a video online instead of embedding it. Normally, when we place a video, we select the empty frame and go to File > Place, but if we want to link to a video online, we can use our Media panel. So, if I select this empty frame, and open the Media panel. There's a spot down here for Place a video from a URL. I already have a link over here on our pasteboard, which I am just going to select and copy to the clipboard.
Now that I have that copied, I am going to select this frame and hit this little button where I can paste in my URL. I am going to click OK. It's going to take a moment and you do have to have an Internet connection. When you have your Internet connection, it's going to grab that video and place it directly in here just like we did a normal File > Place. We have access to the rest of the normal video controls. We can scrub, we can pause, play, do a Poster, Controller, all of those things. What we are going to do is we'll just grab a current frame from around about 15, 16 seconds or so.
We'll make that to be our current frame. We'll add the Controller for our SkinOverallNoCaption, Show Controller on Rollover, and let's preview to make sure it works. (Music playing) When we hit Play, it may take a moment, depending on your Internet connection, and the bandwidth from the host. (Music playing) But you'll be able to play the video just like normal. Now, when you do link to a URL, you have to realize that it will work as long as you have an Internet connection.
When you export to a PDF or SWF, your file will now be substantially smaller since the video itself will not be embedded inside it. But if you do not have Internet connection, you won't be able to watch a video. So that is a negative you need to be aware of. Now if you do link to an online video, keep in mind that it does have to be a Flash video, and you have to have access to the URL that's the video itself. Just because you can see a video online, doesn't mean you can link to it.
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