Join David Blatner for an in-depth discussion in this video Audio and video in PDF, part of InDesign: Interactive PDFs (2013).
Nothing spices up an interactive PDF like a video.…And as you know, since you're in the lynda.com online training library.…There's nothing as good as a movie to demonstrate techniques or get a point…across visually. Fortunately, it's really easy to add a…movie or a sound file to your InDesign document and then export it to PDF.…Now, before I do that, I do need to mention that the best file format for a…video is an H264 format, and that typically means MP4, MOV, or M4V.…I typically have the most success with MP4 files.…
When it comes to using audio, you want to use the industry standard, MP3.…Also, note that movies may not work in all PDF readers.…For example, on tablet PDF readers, sometimes it doesn't work, also older…copies of Acrobat, like older than version 9, sometimes movies won't play.…But, now that we understand that let's go ahead and put a movie inside our InDesign document.…Videos act just like graphics when it comes to placing them.…So I'll just go to the File menu, choose Place and then choose my mp4 file.…
- Creating a new interactive document
- Linking to URLs and mail addresses
- Creating bookmarks
- Adding buttons with rollover states
- Adding text, list, and submit fields to forms
- Embedding audio and video
- Adding page transitions
- Best practices for exporting high-quality interactive PDF files
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: I am trying to turn objects in a layered InDesign document into buttons, following the lessons in Chapter 3, but they don't show up when I export to PDF. What's wrong?
A: This is a known issue with InDesign, stacked layers, and buttons. The final stacking order in your PDF is actually determined by the order the buttons are created, not the stacking order of the layers in your document. David Blatner has researched and proposed a solution to this issue on his InDesign Secrets blog. Read more about it here.
Q: This course was updated on 01/17/2014. What changed?
A: The author updated three movies in the "Links and Bookmarks" chapter, since the behavior of hyperlinks has recently changed in InDesign CC.