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Import SWF files and video files

Learn how to import SWF and video files in Adobe Presenter.

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Add and manage SWF files in presentations

Adobe Presenter enables you to add SWF files to presentations. (For information about adding video files, see Import video. You can use a SWF file to add content or visual interest (for example, an animated pointer).

Each slide in a presentation is loaded as an individual external Flash asset and can be augmented with any SWF file. When working with embedded SWF files, follow these guidelines:

  • Author the SWF file at 30 frames per second. Adobe Presenter presentations are created at 30 frames per second, so SWF files with the same setting can be integrated into the presentation smoothly.

  • Do not use _root or absolute movie clip references. Use relative paths in the MovieClip object references, not _root.

  • The SWF file you want to embed must not attempt to change anything outside its own file. Therefore, the code cannot see the following variables: _level#, _global, or stage.


In Adobe Presenter 7.0.7, use AS3 SWF files for better results while controlling the SWF file through the presentation toolbar.

Insert a SWF file into a presentation

A Flash (SWF) file is a compiled, view-only file that delivers graphics and animation over the Internet.


If you have created animated simulations and demonstrations in Adobe Captivate, you can easily add them to your presentations. Certain Adobe Captivate projects, such as training demonstrations or software simulations, can be useful in presentations.

  1. In PowerPoint, open a presentation (PPT or PPTX file).
  2. Click Adobe Presenter, and in the Insert group, click SWF > Insert.
  3. From the Import On list in Import Options, click the slide on which you want to insert the SWF file.
  4. Under Import Options, select Slide animation or Sidebar animation.
  5. Navigate to the location of your SWF file and select the SWF file.
  6. (Optional) To preview the SWF file directly in the Insert Flash (SWF) dialog box, select Preview.
  7. Click Open. Adobe Presenter adds the SWF file to the slide.
  8. (Optional) If necessary, select the file and drag it to a new location on the slide.

    Use PowerPoint to preview how the SWF content appears in your presentation. In PowerPoint, from the View menu, select slideshow. (In PowerPoint 2007/2010, Trust Center settings for ActiveX may prevent Flash animations embedded in slides from playing in the slideshow.)

Control an inserted SWF file through the Adobe Presenter playbar

When you add a SWF file to a presentation, you can choose whether to control the SWF file through the Adobe Presenter playbar (Stop, Pause, Play, and so on) or the playbar in the original SWF file. For example, if you add an Adobe Captivate demonstration SWF file to the presentation, you can control the demonstration through the Adobe Presenter playbar in the viewer or the playbar in the Adobe Captivate demonstration.


This setting is only available for SWF files added as slide video, not SWF files added as sidebar video.

Ordinarily, you want to control the SWF file through the Adobe Presenter playbar because Adobe Presenter buffers the next two slides. If you don’t control the file through the Adobe Presenter playbar, the SWF file begins to play too early.

  1. In PowerPoint, open a presentation (PPT or PPTX file) containing an added SWF file.

  2. Click Adobe Presenter, and in the Insert group, click SWF > Manage.

  3. Next to one of the files in the list, select the Control Using Presentation Playbar option.

  4. Click OK.

Delete SWF files from slides and sidebar

  1. In PowerPoint, open a presentation (PPT or PPTX file) containing an added SWF file.
  2. Click Adobe Presenter, and in the Insert group, click SWF > Manage.
  3. Click the name of the SWF file to delete.
  4. Click Delete.
  5. Click Yes to confirm.
  6. Click OK.

Import video

Video files added to a presentation can appear directly on a slide or in the viewer sidebar. Slide video is easily integrated into existing slides or you can create a slide containing only the video file. Adding a video file as sidebar video is especially useful if you have video of a speaker. Video added to the sidebar appears in the location used for Adobe Presenter photographs. Only one video can be added to one slide area.

(For information about adding SWF files, see Add and manage SWF files in presentations


Video is added to each slide individually. If you need to use one sidebar video file for multiple slides, split the video into separate files.

Video file formats that can be imported are 3GP, F4V (never reencoded as On2 FLV), ASF, AVI, DV, DVI, MOV, MP4, MPEG, MPG, WMA, WMV, and FLV.

Adobe Presenter enables you to import multiple video file formats by reencoding them as On2 FLV files. The following formats can be converted: ASF, WMV, AVI, MPEG, MPE, M1V, M2V, MOD, MP2, MPV2, MP2V, MP4, DV, DVI, MOV, 3GP, 3GPP, 3GP2, and 3GPP2. The embedded files can be played on Flash Player 9 (in Adobe Presenter 7.0.7, the files can be played in Flash Player 9 or later).


H.264 files are not reencoded as FLV files because they are supported by Flash Player or later. Files in AVI and MOV format that are H.264 encoded are not converted to FLV.

  1. In PowerPoint, open a presentation (PPT or PPTX file).
  2. Select the slide to which you want to add the video file.
  3. Click Adobe Presenter, and in the Insert group, click Video > Import.
  4. Navigate to the video file you want to add to the slide.
  5. Select the video file.
  6. Under Import Options, select a Quality option from the menu.
  7. (Optional) To change the slide on which the video is imported, use the Import On menu to select a different slide.
  8. Select Slide Video or Sidebar Video.
  9. (Optional) Select Preview to see a small version of the video file directly in the Import Video dialog box.

    If you are importing a video that requires QuickTime for preview, using the Preview option might cause instability. (File types that use QuickTime for preview are MP4, DV, DVI, MOV, 3GP, 3GPP, 3GP2, 3GPP2, M4V, and F4V.)

  10. Click Open.
  11. (Optional) To see the video on the slide, publish and view the presentation.

Importing H.264 video

H.264 is a video compression standard created to provide good video quality at a lower bit rate than other standards.

You can import H.264 video into Adobe Presenter. H.264 video requires Flash Player version When the video is played back, Adobe Presenter checks for Flash Player version. If the installed Flash Player is older than version 9, an error message appears and the video does not play.


Some H.264 encoded video files may not be recognized by Adobe Presenter and are re-encoded to On2 VP6 codec to ensure proper playback in Flash Player.

Edit imported video files

After importing video files, you can edit the files if necessary.

  1. In PowerPoint, open a presentation (PPT or PPTX file).
  2. Select the slide containing the video file you want to edit.
  3. Click Adobe Presenter, and in the Insert group, click Video > Edit.
  4. (Optional) If the video you want to edit is on different slide, click the menu next to Attach On and select a different one.
  5. In the playbar, use Play/Pause    to start and pause the video file.
  6. Click the trash can  to delete the video file.
  7. To switch between video in the slide area and video in the sidebar, click the menu next to As and select an option. You can apply effects to both videos if they are on the same slide.
  8. (Optional) Select Mute Audio at Playback to silence the audio track on the video.
  9. (Optional) To change how much of the video is displayed for users, move or adjust the selection markers    on the bottom of the video playbar. Only the selection between the markers is played.
  10. Change the following options as necessary:


    Specifies the effect, such as Fade In, to apply to the video.


    Specifies the duration, such as fast or slow, of the selected effect.

    Start After

    Specifies when to start the effect. Effect can occur after a specified time delay, animation, or audio.

    Time (Sec)

    Specifies the amount of time to wait before the effect takes place. (Use the Time (Sec) option together with the Time Delay option in Start After.)

  11. When you are finished editing the video file, click OK.
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