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Adding a movie

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Now let's go ahead and add a Media Widget directly into our iBooks Author document. If you're following along, I am on page 25 in the Taste of California section. The Media Widget will allow us to add audio or video directly into our document. To do this, all we need to do is come up to our Toolbar and click on the dropdown for Widgets. We can then choose the Media Widget from the dropdown menu. A Media Widget object is created on our page for us, and if you don't have it open already, your Widget Inspector automatically opens up for you as well.

Adding a movie

Now let's go ahead and add a Media Widget directly into our iBooks Author document. If you're following along, I am on page 25 in the Taste of California section. The Media Widget will allow us to add audio or video directly into our document. To do this, all we need to do is come up to our Toolbar and click on the dropdown for Widgets. We can then choose the Media Widget from the dropdown menu. A Media Widget object is created on our page for us, and if you don't have it open already, your Widget Inspector automatically opens up for you as well.

We can then change the type of object from an Anchored object to a Floating object and then simply drag the object up into place using our Alignment Guides to let us know when we've snapped the object into the correct location. The next step is to go ahead and add our movie. In the Media folder of the chapter 10 exercise files, I've included a file called oo_sm.m4v. This is just a simple intro video for the Ojai Olive Oil Company. I'll go ahead and play a few seconds now so you can see what we're going to add.

So anytime you're preparing your video to go into an iBooks Author document the easy way to do this is to just open up your video in the QuickTime Player that comes in Mac OS X Lion. Then go up to the File menu and choose Export. You can then title your document and choose the location where you want to put the file and then make sure the Format dropdown menu is set to iPad, iPhone 4 and Apple TV. This will automatically set your video up so that it's in the correct format to be able to add into an iBooks Author document.

I've already done this with our video, so we can simply take the document from our media files folder and drag the file and drop it directly on to our widget in iBooks Author. When we go back into iBooks Author and click one time on the object, we can see that the video has been added for us, and we're ready to start customizing it in our Widget Inspector. In the Interaction tab, our first option that we have is to check a box that allows us to set this video for full screen only. Meaning, when the user touches on the video on their iPad it will automatically just go to only full screen.

I like this option left unchecked so user has the option to be able to just touch on the video and play it right in situ, or they can open up the video into Full Screen view. The next option for us is to set the Poster Frame. Now, the Poster Frame is the first frame that the user will see of the video. To do this, all we need to do is drag the slider just a little bit to the right-hand side, and we can choose the exact image that we want to use as our default poster frame. I'll go ahead and set my video to here and so we've got a nice image of Ron up on screen.

Next, we can choose whether or not we want our video to automatically loop at the end of playing or if we want it to simply play one time and then stop. I'm going to go and leave this video set to None. If the user wants to watch it again, they can simply hit the Play button. The bottom section here is for controls and allows us to control the video while we're working inside of iBooks Author. If we want to preview the video inside of iBooks Author, we can simply use these controls here. Next, let's go ahead and go over to the Layout tab in our Widget Inspector and change, they'll dropdown for Label for our title from Movie to Figure so this object remains consistent with the rest of the objects inside of our iBooks Author document.

Next, we'll go ahead and check the box for background, and then with the object selected, change the color of the fill so it causes the object to stand off the page just a little bit more. Finally, we'll go ahead and change the title for our Figure, and we'll add the title of, Ojai Olive Oil Company Intro Video. We'll then come down to the bottom and select the description by clicking on it one time and then triple- clicking to select all of the text. We can then type in a caption for this video. I'll go ahead and type in Ron talks about the Ojai Olive Oil Farm.

Our object is now completely setup for us. We have our video added in. We've added our figure title and our description, the Accessibility Description is in, and all of the interaction settings are all set up for us as well. By using the Media Widget, you can add audio or video to add additional interest to your iBooks Author document.

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iBooks Author Essential Training

89 video lessons · 20517 viewers

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  1. 4m 48s
    1. Welcome
      48s
    2. Using the exercise files
      4m 0s
  2. 53m 58s
    1. Installing iBooks Author
      1m 47s
    2. Installing iBooks on an iPad
      1m 9s
    3. Creating a new document
      3m 25s
    4. Understanding the interface
      4m 48s
    5. Creating a book cover
      9m 26s
    6. Adding an intro video
      1m 48s
    7. Creating chapters
      8m 2s
    8. Creating sections
      3m 52s
    9. Creating pages
      2m 15s
    10. Adding visual interest
      4m 54s
    11. Customizing the table of contents
      5m 44s
    12. Creating a glossary
      2m 57s
    13. Previewing your work on an iPad
      3m 51s
  3. 27m 22s
    1. Understanding templates
      3m 18s
    2. Creating a blank layout
      3m 42s
    3. Modifying existing layouts
      5m 13s
    4. Creating a custom layout
      3m 57s
    5. Defining placeholder media
      1m 1s
    6. Defining placeholder text
      50s
    7. Adding auto-updating text
      1m 18s
    8. Creating a photo collage layout
      3m 25s
    9. Sharing a custom template
      1m 55s
    10. Creating a portrait-only book
      2m 43s
  4. 19m 25s
    1. Dragging and dropping plain text
      3m 16s
    2. Inserting text from Pages
      6m 51s
    3. Inserting text from Microsoft Word
      7m 11s
    4. Creating linked text boxes
      2m 7s
  5. 52m 13s
    1. Understanding how to format text
      2m 5s
    2. Formatting text
      8m 6s
    3. Creating lists
      5m 29s
    4. Creating custom styles
      9m 34s
    5. Controlling tabs
      5m 54s
    6. More on text control
      12m 37s
    7. Embedding equations with LaTeX
      3m 53s
    8. Embedding equations with MathType
      4m 35s
  6. 29m 14s
    1. Understanding objects
      7m 33s
    2. Adding objects
      2m 26s
    3. Manipulating objects on a page
      3m 24s
    4. Layering objects together
      1m 36s
    5. Changing an object's appearance
      7m 15s
    6. Adding titles, labels, captions, and descriptions
      5m 25s
    7. Adding accessibility text to objects
      1m 35s
  7. 21m 45s
    1. Adding images
      5m 33s
    2. Removing parts of photos with Instant Alpha
      3m 54s
    3. Cropping and masking images
      4m 0s
    4. Controlling image settings
      3m 0s
    5. Spanning an image across two pages
      5m 18s
  8. 16m 12s
    1. Understanding shapes
      2m 29s
    2. Adding shapes
      2m 29s
    3. Editing shapes
      3m 24s
    4. Drawing shapes
      3m 31s
    5. Creating a custom shape mask
      4m 19s
  9. 25m 57s
    1. Understanding tables
      2m 22s
    2. Creating tables
      2m 9s
    3. Adding and importing data into tables
      3m 3s
    4. Formatting table cells and data
      8m 37s
    5. Performing calculations
      3m 57s
    6. Using conditional formatting
      2m 52s
    7. Sorting table data
      1m 15s
    8. Adding a custom table description
      1m 42s
  10. 22m 33s
    1. Understanding charts
      2m 30s
    2. Adding charts
      3m 59s
    3. Editing chart data
      3m 51s
    4. Formatting charts
      5m 24s
    5. Changing the chart type
      5m 48s
    6. Adding chart descriptions
      1m 1s
  11. 45m 53s
    1. Understanding widgets
      4m 18s
    2. Creating an image gallery
      5m 18s
    3. Adding a movie
      4m 4s
    4. Adding a Keynote presentation
      5m 32s
    5. Adding a 3D object
      4m 24s
    6. Adding an interactive image
      7m 54s
    7. Adding custom HTML
      7m 57s
    8. Creating a scrolling sidebar
      3m 45s
    9. Creating a popover effect
      2m 41s
  12. 17m 4s
    1. Understanding review questions
      2m 26s
    2. Adding a review section
      2m 27s
    3. Creating multiple-choice questions
      7m 16s
    4. Creating matching questions
      4m 55s
  13. 27m 1s
    1. Preflighting on an iPad
      6m 21s
    2. Exporting a book in iBooks format
      2m 26s
    3. Exporting a book as a PDF
      2m 33s
    4. Exporting a book as a text document
      1m 49s
    5. Emailing a book
      2m 24s
    6. Getting ready to publish to the iBookstore
      4m 44s
    7. Publishing to the iBookstore
      6m 44s
  14. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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