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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 ebook, without extensive design or publishing experience.
Follow along with Chris as he assembles, refines, and publishes a dynamic and engaging ebook for distribution on the iPad using the iBooks app. The course demonstrates the process of adding all of the components of a dynamic ebook, 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 ebook. The course wraps up with a review of the iBookstore publishing process.
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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