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placing a video from URL - Youtube

Apr 11, 2012 3:01 PM

Tags: #pdf #youtube #url #indesign_cs5.5

Youtube converts videos to MPEG-4 H.264 format which is suppose to be supported for the placing a video from url tool in InDesign CS5.5. 


Does anyone knwo why this does not work?  I nwo that it can be done by creating a flash player, but not interested in the extra work. 

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    Apr 11, 2012 9:11 PM   in reply to EL371

    You cannot link directly to the video stream on YouTube - the URLs point to an HTML fragment which in turn loads an instance of their player widget, so InDesign doesn't see it as a valid rich media format.


    The only legal way to play YT-hosted videos within a non-HTML document is to implement  their public API within your own Flash project, and embed the SWF as a rich media object. Joel Geraci wrote a SWF wrapper for use in PDF files which does this.

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    Apr 12, 2012 12:23 AM   in reply to EL371

    You may try the forum for InDesign.

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    Apr 12, 2012 3:38 AM   in reply to Bernd Alheit

    Actually it's better here - the post was tagged 'pdf' and embedding this type of content into a document is best done in Acrobat after the file is exported, rather than in InDesign.


    Bernd Alheit wrote:


    You may try the forum for InDesign.

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