Include audio, video, and interactive 3D objects in your PDF files. Add files directly to your PDF or link to files on the web.
This document provides instructions for Acrobat DC and Acrobat 2017. If you're using Acrobat XI, see Acrobat XI Help.
Adding video, sound, and interactive content transforms PDFs into multidimensional communication tools that increase interest and engagement in your documents.
All multimedia that are 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. On HTTP and HTTPS servers, 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.
Acrobat Pro supports .mp3, .mov, .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.
FLV and F4V files are no longer supported in both Acrobat and PDFMaker. You cannot embed FLV and F4V files using either Acrobat or PDFMaker.
However, if a document has already FLV or F4V files embedded (for example, a PowerPoint presentation or a Word file), it will still be converted to PDFs.
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 > Rich Media > Select Object).
Video and sound quality settings can only be changed when a file is added to a PDF.
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 .mov, .mp3, or.SWF format to a Word or PowerPoint document.
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 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.