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In this course, author and educator Chris Mattia demonstrates how to use the Apple iBooks Author application to create and publish your own iBook, without extensive design or publishing experience.
Follow along with Chris as he assembles, refines, and publishes a dynamic and engaging iBook for distribution on the iPad using the iBooks app. The course demonstrates the process of adding all of the components of a dynamic iBook, including engaging text, images, audio, video, 3D models, and dynamic web content. It also shows how to customize the iBooks Author interface and leverage built-in templates to produce a beautifully designed and polished iBook. The course wraps up with a review of the iBookstore publishing process.
The next step in building our book is to add an intro video or image to our books so that when a user opens our book in iBooks on their iPad they're presented with a small intro piece. To add the intro piece, simply click in the sidebar on Intro Media. Here, we'll simply drop in a movie. Before we drop in our movie, let's talk a little bit about how to actually prepare our video in the file format that it needs to be in. I'm going to go ahead and go over to my exercise files to the chapter 01 folder, and I've got the EC_Intro.m4v file.
Now the video that you add in o the intro needs to be in the .m4v video format. If you have a video that you need to get into this format, you can simply open the video up in the QuickTime player that ships with Mac OS X Lion, go up to the File menu, and choose Export. The default setting for Format should be iPad, iPhone 4 & Apple TV. Go ahead and select this setting and simply hit the Export button and your video will be compressed into the correct format to add directly into iBooks Author.
We've already gone ahead and done that, so I'll go back into iBooks Author and then I'll access my video from my Media window. By simply clicking on Media window, now I can click on the Movies tab, and because I added that movie into my Movies folder on my computer, I can now simply drag the EC_Intro video and drop it directly into the main view of my book. I'll go ahead and close the Media Window and then click the Play button-- (audio playing) --to be able to preview my video.
And that's all there is to being able to add your intro video to your book.
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