Adding video, sound, and interactive content transforms PDFs into multidimensional communication tools that increase interest and engagement in your documents.
Acrobat Pro automatically converts video to FLV files. This format ensures both high-quality viewing and compatibility across computer platforms. FLV files are also compact, so converting multimedia to this format is helps reduce the size of multimedia PDFs.
All multimedia that is developed in Flash® as well as multimedia that is H.264 compliant can be played back in Adobe Reader® 9 and later. (H.264, also known as MPEG-4 part 10, is a video compression standard that provides high quality video without substantially increasing file size.) Video files of varying formats and filename extensions can be H.264 compliant.
Media files in other formats can be played back in earlier versions of Adobe Reader. However, users must install the appropriate application (such as QuickTime or Windows Media Player) to play the multimedia.
Another way to add multimedia is by entering a URL that refers to a video file or streaming media. Three types of URLs can be used: RTMP, HTTP, and HTTPS. Flash Media Servers use RTMP to host FLV files and H.264-compliant media files. On HTTP and HTTPS servers, FLV files and H.264-compliant MOV and MP4 files are supported.
Interactive content developed in Flash and produced as SWF files (.swf) can be added to PDFs to provide complimentary tools for text. Examples of applications developed in Flash include an RSS Reader, calculator, and online maps. For more information about the interactive applications that you can download from Adobe, see www.adobe.com/go/learn_acr_interactive_en.
FLV files and H.264-compliant MP4 and MOV files are supported with Flash Media Server 3.0.1. Earlier versions of Flash Media Server support FLV files only.
Acrobat Pro supports FLV files, F4V, mp3, SWF files, and other files encoded in H.264 (with AAC audio). You can convert other file types into one of the supported formats by using Adobe Media Encoder. You can also add mp3 audio files to a PDF for playback on any platform.
For a list of supported multimedia file formats, see this TechNote.
Drag or double-click to select the area on the page where you want the video or sound to appear. The Insert Video dialog box opens.
Use the advanced options on the Insert Video dialog box to change the media if needed, and then click OK.
Snap To Content Proportions
Ensures that the play area retains the height and width ratios of the original video or interactive content.
To view advanced multimedia options when you insert video, sound, or interactive content, select Show Advanced Options in the Insert dialog box.
You can also change these options after multimedia has been added to a PDF. Double-click the multimedia with the Select Object tool (Tools > Interactive Objects > Select Object).
Video and sound quality settings can only be changed when a file is added to a PDF.
These features are available for FLV and SWF files only. In Acrobat Pro you can convert supported files to these formats.
Different options are available in the dialog box depending on the format of the file.
Launch Settings tab
Use these settings to determine how the media is started and stopped, where it is displayed, and what is displayed when the media isn’t running.
Select options to determine when the media is played and stopped. From the Playback Style menu, select Play Content In Floating Window to have the video or interactive content run outside the page. Content in a floating window enables users to read the page and view the video or application at the same time.
Use this tab to list all files that are required to run a SWF file. When a file is displayed in the list of added files, you can click it to set the file properties.
Use Chapter Points to create markers in a video from which to launch specific actions. For example, in a training video, chapter points can link to additional information in a file or on the Web.
To create a chapter point, move the slider to the frame you want to use. In Chapter Points, click the plus sign. To add an action, highlight the chapter point in the list and click Actions.
Generally, Chapter Point actions can be added only after the multimedia has been created. You can then edit the play area and add Chapter Point actions.
Acrobat Pro adds a feature to Word and PowerPoint that enables you to add video in FLV or SWF format to a Word or PowerPoint document. Video that is created in other supported formats is converted to FLV format when it is added.
After adding a video to a Word or PowerPoint document, you can convert the document to PDF and edit the video properties if needed.
For video that is not in FLV or SWF format, set a poster image by moving the slider to the desired frame. Then click Set Poster Image From Current Frame.
To determine how the playback controls are displayed, select an option from the Skin menu.
To change the display size of the video, click Resize Video, and then change the width and height. Maintain the aspect ratio for best display.