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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.
In previous versions of InDesign, you were able to place videos. But in order to view them, you had to export your document. With InDesign CS5, you can use the Media panel to preview and control their playback. Out first step is going to be to select this video graphic frame. With this empty graphic frame selected, we are going to go to File > Place and we're going to grab explore_ california_podcast-start.f4v. I want to make sure I am using Flash video files. If you don't have FLV or F4V files, you are going to want to convert these to these formats with the Adobe Media Converter. In order to convert your files to these formats, please watch the layer video.
With this selected, I'll click Open and now I have the video placed inside this frame. Let's test our document. Looking at the spread, you really wouldn't know that there is a video here. You can try clicking all over the place, and you might happen to get lucky and click somewhere -- (Music playing) -- but there is no way to control the video and I didn't even really know a file is there. I just happen to be lucky and click at that right spot. So if we want to control this and have more options we want to be using the Media panel.
I am going to come over here and select the Media panel and with this video selected inside the Media panel I can control the video. I can hit Play. (Music playing) (Male speaker: I'm Ron Asquith--) (Male speaker 2: ?and redwood forests?) And jump to different areas. I can also even mute the video if I like. One of the options I have is on Page Load. If I choose this option, as soon as this page is finished loading the video will start to play immediately. I am not really a fan of this option because it's kind of obnoxious. It displays the video to you immediately when you see this page. I'd rather let the user to control the video when it happens.
Another option is to loop the video which means it will be playing continuous. You can only do this if you are going to be exporting to SWF. One of the best options is the Poster. The Poster is a graphic representation of the video itself. Right now, we don't have a poster selected, which is why we see these little empty lines. Well, when I have nothing there you don't really know that there is a video file ready to play. If I want to control that, I can come here to the Poster options. The first option is None which was nothing. The second option is Standard. Standard is just still generic for 35 millimeter film icon that is kind of ugly, and I am not really a big fan of this.
The next option is From Current Frame. This will grab whatever frame is present in the playhead. If you want a different frame, maybe want something over here, we can refresh this and get that particular frame. I want something kind of near the beginning, so maybe on here on 28 seconds I'll refresh. That's looking a little better. Down here we have the Controller. The Controller will actually let's us control the video file. Do we want to play or pause it, control its volume? And here there is a variety of options. I am going to choose SkinOverallNoCaption, and then there is a little button that says Show Controller on Rollover.
This means when you mouse over the video, you'll get your controls. When you mouse away you won't. Here are our Navigation Points. These let us control our playback to a specific spot in the video. We'll be exploring this in a later video. And then finally, we have exporting PDF options. Inside our PDF Options we can enter a description, which would show up as a tooltip for the user. The other option is to play the video inside a floating window. You can also control it's particular size, Maximum, 4x, 2x. Since we are not concerned about any of these options we are just going to hit Cancel for right now.
Now, let's test this. You can hit Play. (Music playing) (Male speaker: I'm Ron--) And we are able to fast forward and stop the video. When I mouse away the video fades away. Regardless if your ultimate intent is PDF or SWF, you should be using Flash media formats like FLV or F4V. If you happen to use legacy media, you'll receive a warning that recommends that you convert your files to Flash video formats.
If you do use a legacy file, you can't even use the Media panel because it won't even work with those particular formats.
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