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Adding Media

With the Place command or Media panel, you can import the sound or video clips that you want to play in your interactive document. You can import video files in Flash Video format (FLV and F4Vm), H.264-encoded files (such as MP4), and SWF (ShockWave Flash) files (New!). You can import audio files in MP3 format. Legacy media files, such as QuickTime (MOV), AVI, WMV, and MPEG, are still supported. However, if you want to take advantage of the rich media support in Acrobat 9, Adobe Reader 9, and Adobe Flash Player 10 or later, you need to convert and relink your legacy media to FLV, F4V, SWF, MP4, or MP3 using Adobe Media Encoder. After you import sound and video files, you can preview them in the Preview panel (New!) in InDesign or export them to Adobe PDF or SWF, or XML. You can export legacy media files to PDF files, but not to SWF or FLA files. If you have video on a Web server, you can place the video from a URL (New!). If you’re not sure what to play, you can create an empty frame (with diagonal lines) and then import the clip later. When you import a media file, a poster image appears, which you can change or remove later.

Insert a Media File

  • blue1-circle.jpg Click the File menu, and then click Place, or select the Media panel, and then click the Place Video or Audio File button on the panel (New!).
    • Place a Video from a URL. Select the Media panel, click the Place Video From URL button on the panel, type the URL, and then click OK (New!).

  • blue2-circle.jpg Navigate to the location with the file you want to import.
  • blue3-circle.jpg Select the sound or video file you want to place.
  • blue4-circle.jpg Click Open.

    The imported sound or movie is placed in a loaded preview cursor.

  • blue5-circle.jpg Click or drag a rectangle frame with the loaded cursor to place the clip in a new sound or movie frame, or click in an empty sound or movie frame (designated by diagonal lines) to place it in an empty frame.

Convert and Relink Legacy Media Files Using Adobe Media Encoder

  • blue1-circle.jpg Start Adobe Media Encoder from the All Programs menu (Win) or the Applications folder (Mac).
  • blue2-circle.jpg Click Add, select the media files you want to convert, and then click Open.
  • blue3-circle.jpg Select each media file, click the Format list arrow next to the file name, and then select a conversion file format.
  • blue4-circle.jpg Click Start Queue.

    The media files are converted to the new media format and placed in the same folder as the original media file.

  • blue5-circle.jpg When you’re done, click the File menu, and then click Exit, or click the Close button.
  • blue6-circle.jpg To relink the media files, select the Links panel, Alt (Win) or Option (Mac) click the Relink button on the panel, select the replacement media file for each one (or click Skip if not available), and then click Open.
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