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Video

Inline video

A video can be added to a page and will play on the page at the size it is added. The video will display the default Apple controls, and one of the controls allows the user to play the video in fullscreen. A video can be included in the bundle (local) or streamed from a website (external).

Local video

  • Draw a rectangle on the page, if you want the video to sit in a certain frame size.
  • Open the Media window.
  • Select the video from the file system (If you receive a warning about supported video file types, please ignore).

            

  • Place the video on the page.
  • To set the preview image, select “Choose Image...” from the poster drop down. Now select an image from your file system. (Make sure this image is the same size as the rectangle the video is in). Please note: Selecting "Current Frame" is not supported (InDesign 5 & 5.5 only).

            

  • If you wish your video to autoplay, check the box which says: Play on Page Load, see below.
  • If you wish your video to loop, check the box which says: Loop, see below.
  • If you wish to show the controls (this is strongly recommended), select the Controller: SkinOverAll and check the box which says: Show Controller on Rollover, see below.

            

Download a demo here. AppStudio_testcases_video.zip

Externally hosted video

  • Add a rectangle to the page.
  • Open the Media window.
  • Click on the 'Place a video from a URL' button.

           

  • Enter the URL of the video.

           

  • Make sure the dimensions of the rectangle match the dimensions of the externally hosted video.
  • To set the preview image, select “Choose Image...” from the poster drop down. Now select an image from your file system.

            

  • To link to the externally hosted video, right click and select Interactive -> New Hyperlink... and then type in the destination of the video.
  • If you wish your video to autoplay, check the box which says: Play on Page Load. (See screen shot 3 above).
  • If you wish your video to loop, check the box which says: Loop. (See screen shot 3 above).
  • If you wish to show the controls (this is strongly recommended), select the Controller: SkinOverAll and check the box which says: Show Controller on Rollover. (See screen shot 3 above).
  • For further information on videos, visit the Adobe site. Click here.

Fullscreen video (launched from a button)

A video can be launched full screen from a button. To do so, follow the steps below:

  • Add the video icon to your page and select it.
  • Open the Button window and click the ‘convert to button’.
  • Add the ‘Open File’ action.
  • Click on the browse button.
  • Change the value in the Dropdown box to 'All Documents'. 
  • Browse to and select the file you wish to use, then click the Open button.

Video encoding specifications

  • Common tools which are used to create videos are Quicktime Pro and Vidiator. You may use any other software you know too. 
  • We advise using an mp4 file type as not all platforms will play other file types such as mov for example.
  • Table of video formats:

        

       Table from "Android Developers". Click here for more information.

Please note: Depending on your publication settings, you may be able to test video using the App Studio web preview, however, if not, video can always be tested on your device.

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