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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.
If you have a longer video in your document, you may want to let the user jump to a specific spot without having to manually scrub the video slider. By setting up custom navigation points, you can connect buttons in your layout to jump to these points. We are going to start up by grabbing this Flash video file and opening up the media player. Down here are our navigation points. We want to create one for our Intro, Bottles, and Snow Boarding buttons. That way when we click on these buttons, they jump to that particular spot in the video. Intro is going to be around 15 seconds. We are going to scrub this guy to about 15 seconds, and we'll hit the Plus button and we'll type in Intro.
For Bottles, we are going to want to put one at 4 minutes and 32 seconds. So we'll drag this over here, and it's pretty teased. You got to get it right on about the 32 seconds, maybe even 33 is okay. There you go. That's good. And we will hit plus and we'll call this one Bottles. Finally, Snow Boarding is going to be at 5 minutes and 47 seconds. So right around here is 05:47. I'll just go just beyond that. There we go. I will hit plus and we'll call this one Snowboarding.
Now that we have all of our navigation points set, we need to connect the buttons to jump to these particular navigation points. So, we'll grab Intro, and we are going to come over to Buttons, and On Release, we are going to go to this video, which happens to be explore_california, and the option is going to be Play from Navigation Point. Navigation Point will be Intro, and we'll repeat this again. We'll go to Video, and we are going to grab that Play from Navigation Points, and we are going to go to Bottles, and finally Snow Boarding. We are going to go to the Video, to Navigation Points, and we are going to go to Snowboarding.
Now, let's test our video. (Music playing) Let's press our buttons and see if they jump to the correct spot in our video. (Male speaker: Welcome to this week's ep--) (Male speaker 2: Then from here, we bottle it.) (Music playing) So our buttons are working as expected. Now, setting these navigation points inside InDesign isn't that difficult, but if I was to create a new InDesign document and place this flash video file, I would have to re-create all these navigation points, and that will become pretty tedious.
So another method is to actually encode the navigation points into the video themselves, and we can do that with the Adobe Media Encoder. Inside the Adobe Media Encoder, we can add our Flash video file. Now if you have legacy files, you can also use the Adobe Media Converter to convert them. We'll talk about that in a later video. We are going to hit the Add button and we are going to grab explore_california_podcast-start and we are going to click the Settings button. Inside, we can set our navigation points. So we are going to set one around 15 seconds for our Intro.
We'll add a new point, and we'll call this Intro. Now for the Type, I can choose Event or Navigation. Event is if you are dealing with ActionScript in Flash, but since we are just dealing with navigational buttons we'll choose Navigation. Once you click OK, it would start to encode and then you would have a new Flash video file that you could place inside InDesign or Flash and you have access to all of the cue points. While it may seem tedious to set these points in your videos, your audience will appreciate the fact that they can jump to specific areas in your video. Personally, I prefer to set up my navigation points via the Adobe Media Encoder to prevent myself from having to re- create them for every single project.
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