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Placing a video and using the Media panel

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Video: Placing a video and using the Media panel

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.

Placing a video and using the Media panel

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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InDesign CS5: Interactive Documents and Presentations

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  1. 1m 56s
    1. Introduction
      1m 18s
    2. Using the exercise files
      38s
  2. 11m 45s
    1. Interactive documents: Born Magazine
      1m 49s
    2. Annual report case study: Unitus
      1m 44s
    3. Self-publishing
      1m 59s
    4. Digital books: iBooks, ePub
      2m 15s
    5. Digital newspapers: Times Reader
      1m 51s
    6. Digital magazines: Wired, iGIZMO, The New Yorker
      2m 7s
  3. 12m 32s
    1. Setting preferences for interactive documents
      2m 36s
    2. Customizing the workspace
      3m 6s
    3. Understanding intent and presets
      2m 21s
    4. Working with images
      2m 37s
    5. Installing scripts
      1m 52s
  4. 9m 40s
    1. Comparing PDF and SWF presentations
      2m 5s
    2. Presenting from InDesign: Presentation mode
      2m 2s
    3. Presenting a SWF
      1m 50s
    4. Presenting a PDF
      1m 8s
    5. Creative tip: Practice your presentation
      2m 35s
  5. 33m 42s
    1. What we're going to build
      1m 28s
    2. Previewing your layout with the Preview panel
      3m 25s
    3. Creative tip: KISS (Keep It Super Simple)
      3m 11s
    4. Setting up a presentation with layers
      5m 21s
    5. Creating a navigation system
      5m 5s
    6. Creating a title and content slides
      4m 40s
    7. Overriding master page items
      3m 21s
    8. Setting page transitions
      2m 31s
    9. Creating hyperlinks
      2m 26s
    10. Using the slug for notes
      2m 14s
  6. 23m 30s
    1. Adding a Full Screen button with a tool tip
      4m 15s
    2. Creating PDF bookmarks in InDesign
      3m 19s
    3. Using a button to go to a specific page in a PDF
      3m 11s
    4. Using animation inside a PDF presentation
      6m 15s
    5. Exporting your presentation to interactive PDF
      4m 6s
    6. Creating a PDF Portfolio presentation
      2m 24s
  7. 29m 50s
    1. Exploring the Animating Encyclopedia Script
      6m 24s
    2. Using the Animation panel
      3m 38s
    3. Animating a list
      2m 28s
    4. Designing an alternate navigation
      3m 35s
    5. Creating a multistate object
      4m 25s
    6. Creating a page number indicator
      1m 59s
    7. Animating an opening page
      1m 53s
    8. Using Page Turn vs. Page Curls
      2m 4s
    9. Exporting your presentation to SWF
      2m 21s
    10. Watching out for transitions with animations
      1m 3s
  8. 24m 3s
    1. What we're going to build
      1m 43s
    2. Creative tip: Breaking down a complex animation
      3m 2s
    3. Taming the Timing panel
      1m 43s
    4. Animating on a motion path
      3m 2s
    5. Creating a sound hot spot
      2m 34s
    6. Creating a slideshow with a multistate object
      1m 50s
    7. Creating a loaded button
      2m 43s
    8. Creating an interactive map
      4m 25s
    9. Creative tip: Have fun!
      3m 1s
  9. 15m 38s
    1. What we're going to build
      1m 19s
    2. Creating the opening transition
      4m 20s
    3. Creating a logo slideshow
      2m 34s
    4. Animating the color palette
      3m 44s
    5. Combining multistate objects and buttons
      3m 41s
  10. 28m 45s
    1. What we're going to build
      1m 26s
    2. Building an interactive table of contents
      4m 19s
    3. Building a navigation system
      2m 9s
    4. Creating PDF-only buttons
      3m 1s
    5. Using a SWF slideshow in a PDF
      4m 14s
    6. Placing a video and using the Media panel
      3m 59s
    7. Setting navigation points
      3m 24s
    8. Placing a video from a URL
      2m 2s
    9. Creating URLs from hyperlinks
      4m 11s
  11. 22m 40s
    1. Preparing your layout for Export
      5m 7s
    2. Handing off your InDesign layout to Flash
      3m 11s
    3. Opening the FLA file in Flash CS5 Professional
      2m 33s
    4. Adding a stop command and testing the movie
      2m 22s
    5. Fixing the buttons
      3m 8s
    6. Importing a video into Flash
      1m 45s
    7. Editing the animations
      2m 59s
    8. Publishing a SWF
      1m 35s
  12. 17m 0s
    1. Avoiding legacy media
      1m 11s
    2. Converting a video into FLV with Adobe Media Encoder
      1m 52s
    3. Using the JPG Pass-Through filter
      2m 32s
    4. Avoiding compatibility issues
      3m 7s
    5. Slimming down your FLA
      2m 41s
    6. Sharing motion presets
      3m 40s
    7. Testing hyperlinks in a SWF
      1m 57s
  13. 34s
    1. Further Recommendations
      34s

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