Join Mike Rankin for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the Media panel, part of InDesign CC: Interactive Document Fundamentals (2014).
Video can help to make your interactive documents more engaging in ways that no other content can match. And the good news is placing videos into your InDesign documents is no harder than placing a photograph. Plus you can use the Media panel to control the appearance and playback of your video, and preview how it looks. So let's take a look at the controls inside the Media panel. Here in my InDesign document I have a page where I'd like to add a video. To place the video in my layout I can just choose File place or I can use the Media panel.
So, I'll open the Media panel, down at the bottom there's a button I can click to place a video so, I'll go to the Links folder inside the Exercise files. Scroll down. And I'll choose roux.mp4. And click Open. I get a loaded cursor. I'll just click in my layout, and place the video. Now at the top of the Media panel, I have a preview of the video I can play. And I can see it's two minutes and 22 seconds long.
I can turn the audio on or off. (MUSIC). And I can drag the scrubber bar around to jump to a different part of the video. I also have options I can set, including one to make the video start playing as soon as the page is viewed. And I can make it loop, but notice that this control doesn't work in interactive PDF. Also notice on the page, the frame containing the video is black, just like the first frame of the movie.
If I want something a little more appealing than a big, black rectangle on my page, I can use the poster settings. I can choose none to make the video not appear until it starts playing. I can choose Standard to have a little film icon, I can choose Image to select a photo as the poster, or I can choose From Current Frame, and with this, I can pick any frame from the movie as the poster. So, I can either play the movie or drag the controller until I see a frame I'd like to use as the poster.
I think I saw one back at about nine seconds. So go around there and then I'll click the button on the right side to set the poster. The next menu gives me a bunch of options for choosing a controller. I can have a controller with all the options per play, stop, seek, mute, caption and so on. With Skin Overall, or I can select a subset of these controls. I'll choose a really basic one like Skin Overplay. This is just a Play, Pause button.
And I'll also select Show Controller on Roll over, so it's only visible when someone mouses over it. Now I can't preview what the controller looks like here in the Media panel, but I can do that in the Swift Preview panel. So to preview this page, I'll press the short cut Cmd+Shift+Return, or Ctrl+Shift+Enter. And I can click the video to play it. (MUSIC). When I move my cursor away, the controller goes away (MUSIC) and when I move it back, the controller comes back.
And I can play and pause the video. I'll close the Preview panel, and go back to the Media panel. Another thing I can do in the Media panel is to set navigation points in the video that someone can jump to just by clicking a button. So in the Media panel I'll drag the controller to about 24 seconds and under navigation points I'll click the Plus sign. I'll give it a name, quote, because this is where one of the inspiration quotes about Roux Academy appears. Now in order for someone to play the video from this point I have to create a button.
We'll cover buttons more in other movies. But for now let's just quickly create one to test our navigation point. I'll drag out a rectangle. And use the Swatches panel to give it a fill. And in the Buttons and Forms panel, I'll click actions, the Plus sign, and choose Video. Here's our video, Roux.mp4, the option will be Play From Navigation Point. And the point that we just created is here, Quote.
Now let's click the Swift Preview button at the bottom of the panel, to test our button. (MUSIC). And the video plays from that point. Okay, let's go back to the media panel for a couple more things to note. I'll select my video. I have two other controls at the bottom for placing a video from a URL, and PDF options. First, let's take a look at the PDF options. I'll click that button.
In this dialog box, I can set a description for use when the video can't be played or for visually impaired users. And the other control here allow me to set the video to play in a floating window, where I can choose the size and position. Alright let's check out that option to place a video from an URL. I'll go to the next page in my document, and first I have to have a frame selected, so I'll just grab my Rectangle Frame tool and again just drag out a frame. I'm not going to care too much about exactly what size it is right now, and I'll take my type tool and I'll select this URL where I know there's a streaming video I can link to. Copy that to my clipboard.
Select my frame and go back to the Media panel. I'll click the button to Place Video from URL. I'll paste it in and notice that the video must be compliant with the flash player. I'll click OK, and the video is placed. Now I can use the controls in the Media panel, just like the other video we placed in this document. Now the other thing worth noting here, is that it doesn't matter how I crop these videos with the frames on the page in InDesign, in all cases the entire video will be displayed in the output.
That's why I didn't care too much about how I drew this frame here. Lets export to interactive PDF and check out our movies. I'll just call the file Video and put it on the desktop and this dialog box basically tells me that the entire video will be displayed in my PDF. It won't be cropped inside the frames I put on the page in InDesign. I'll click OK, and can click to Play My Movie. I can use my controls. I can use my button. And on the next page, we'll check out our streaming video (MUSIC) which also plays.
In this movie, we took a look at how to use InDesign's Media panel. As long as you stick to the recommended formats for video, you'll have full access to the options in the Media panel to control the display of your video and your output. You can also use the Swift Preview panel to preview the various controllers you can add to your videos. And you can add navigation points and buttons to let viewers jump to specific parts of a video.
- Overview of interactive document types
- Enhancing a project with interactive objects
- Setting up hyperlinks, page transitions, and a table of contents
- Understanding media formats
- Adding HTML animations
- Manage folios with the Folio Producer
- Creating EPUBs
- Adapting a page layout for mobile devices with Liquid Layout
- Changing page designs with primary text frames
- Formatting text with text style mapping
- Workflows for designing interactive documents
- Customizing the workspace
- Organizing content with layers
- Using third-party scripts to work on interactive documents
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: This course was updated on 09/02/2014. What changed?
A: We added movies on creating navigational TOCs and new support for fixed-layout EPUBs in InDesign CC.
Q: This course was updated on 12/12/2014. What changed?
A: We added two new movies covering updates to the EPUB workflow, and revised five movies to reflect other changes in InDesign CC 2014.1.