Join James Fritz for an in-depth discussion in this video Placing a video from a URL, part of InDesign CS5: Interactive Documents and Presentations.
Adding interactivity to a document can really add to its file size, but the worst offender is video. Even a short video can substantially increase your file size. To avoid increasing your document's file size, you can link to a video online instead of embedding it. Normally, when we place a video, we select the empty frame and go to File > Place, but if we want to link to a video online, we can use our Media panel. So, if I select this empty frame, and open the Media panel. There's a spot down here for Place a video from a URL. I already have a link over here on our pasteboard, which I am just going to select and copy to the clipboard.
Now that I have that copied, I am going to select this frame and hit this little button where I can paste in my URL. I am going to click OK. It's going to take a moment and you do have to have an Internet connection. When you have your Internet connection, it's going to grab that video and place it directly in here just like we did a normal File > Place. We have access to the rest of the normal video controls. We can scrub, we can pause, play, do a Poster, Controller, all of those things. What we are going to do is we'll just grab a current frame from around about 15, 16 seconds or so.
We'll make that to be our current frame. We'll add the Controller for our SkinOverallNoCaption, Show Controller on Rollover, and let's preview to make sure it works. (Music playing) When we hit Play, it may take a moment, depending on your Internet connection, and the bandwidth from the host. (Music playing) But you'll be able to play the video just like normal. Now, when you do link to a URL, you have to realize that it will work as long as you have an Internet connection.
When you export to a PDF or SWF, your file will now be substantially smaller since the video itself will not be embedded inside it. But if you do not have Internet connection, you won't be able to watch a video. So that is a negative you need to be aware of. Now if you do link to an online video, keep in mind that it does have to be a Flash video, and you have to have access to the URL that's the video itself. Just because you can see a video online, doesn't mean you can link to it.
- Studying new trends in digital design
- Creating a PDF and SWF presentation
- Building different navigation systems
- Creating interactive slideshows
- Animating a presentation as a SWF in InDesign
- Designing an interactive microsite
- Adding video and audio to a document
- Building an interactive TOC with buttons
- Using InDesign and Flash to build an interactive catalog
- InDesign to Flash production tips
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: I am having trouble creating a YouTube-linked video to play on a page in SWF or interactive PDF. I've followed the tutorial, but I keep getting a message that the video should be Flash compliant. How do I link directly to a YouTube video?
A: It is not possible to link directly to a YouTube video through copy and pasting the URL on the page. In order to link to the video, you need the exact link to the .flv video file.
Are the source files for the interactive publication Born Presents still available? www.adobe.com/products/indesign/customers doesn't seem to be working.
Unfortunately, the content is no longer available on Adobe's site. However, the files are currently available at http://download.macromedia.com/pub/indesign/born_bookpreview_source.zip.
The author also posted an article related to the project at http://indesignsecrets.com/born-presents-interactive-publication-with-source-files.php.
Q: When I add audio to my multi-page project and export it as a PDF, why doesn't the music play past the first page?
A: Unfortunately, there is no way to have an MP3 play across multiple pages of a PDF. It looks like you could because of the wording of the Media panel when you have an MP3 selected, but that isn't the case. You can have an MP3 play across pages of a SWF, which is why that option exists.
This is an inconvenience, but we're not aware of a way around this limitation inside a PDF. You could try making one really big PDF and have buttons jump to another part of the page (using anchors), but every one would have to be on 1 page.
Q: Why does an ugly gray box appear when the audio is played. The author keeps the audio on the pasteboard, which for me, does not play the audio at all when exported. It only plays when on the page.
A: If you are seeing a gray box, make sure that you have set a poster for the audio file. Select the frame and open the Media panel, where you can select your own raster image as a poster frame or just leave it as none. You could also check to see if your frame has a fill applied to it, since there is a chance you could have accidentally applied an
object style or a fill.
1. Trends in Digital Design
2. Setting Up InDesign for Designing Digital Documents
3. Presentation File Format Options and Tips
4. Creating a Simple PDF or SWF Slide Presentation
5. Adding Advanced PDF Presentation Options
6. Building the Presentation as a Complex SWF File
7. Creating an Interactive Microsite
8. Creating an interactive Mood Board
9. Creating an Interactive Catalog
10. Converting from InDesign to Flash Professional
11. Production Tips for Going from InDesign to Flash
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