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Embedding Videos (links) in InDesign, Where can I host them online?

Oct 31, 2013 6:45 AM

Tags: #youtube #video #indesign #embedding #embed #vimeo #hosting.

Hello all,


I'm at a real loss here. I'm teaching my students to use Adobe Indesign's interactive publishing features. That's all well and good but we are having some issues with video. I understand that when you link a video in, it doesn't imbed - it goes into a resources folder. I've accepted that there is no way to actually embed the videos on the front end. However, there is a way to embed via a link which would solve the problem of having this extra tagalong Resources folder and prevent the file itself from becoming giantic.


The problem is you cannot embed files from youtube, vimeo, flickr etc. because the file paths do not start with http:// and end with .mov/.flv etc. I've tried truncating the links but that's ineffective.


Is there a free service somewhere that the students can upload their videos which will provide the proper file path?


I understand that if they all had their own hosting none of this would be an issue - they could just host the videos themselves and make a filepath through their own domain/hosting. However, not all of the students have this option, and the Swf/PDF is useless unless they can send it without that resources folder attached. We want the final file to work no matter where it is by linking back to a hosted video.

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    Oct 31, 2013 6:56 AM   in reply to dfelic21

    Have you tried something like Dropbox or Google Drive


    And making sure the files are the Public folder?

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    Oct 31, 2013 7:03 AM   in reply to Eugene Tyson

    That wouldn't work, Eugene. Streaming videos require a properly configured server and a precise file path to use it.


    I know of no such service available. The fact is that Flash content is a dying breed since it's not supported any longer on mobile devices.

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    Oct 31, 2013 7:21 AM   in reply to dfelic21

    Define interactive publishing features.


    Are you referring to DPS, PDF, Epub?

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    Oct 31, 2013 7:44 AM   in reply to Bob Levine

    The poster is talking about PDF and SWF: "and the Swf/PDF is useless"


    From the CS6 Help file (omitted in InDesign CC apparently):


    Place a video file from a URL

    Place a video file from a valid URL to play the streaming video in the exported PDF or SWF file. The video must be a valid Flash Video file (FLV or

    F4V) or H.264-encoded file (such as MP4).

    1. Select an empty frame or a video object containing a video you want to replace.

    2. Choose Video From URL from the Media panel menu.

    3. Specify the URL and click OK.


    The problem is finding the technical information for properly setting up a server for streaming.

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    Oct 31, 2013 7:47 AM   in reply to dfelic21

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    Oct 31, 2013 8:00 AM   in reply to dfelic21

    Based on your description here you are doing everyone a disservice.


    SWF is dead as it can be for this purpose. It won't work on any mobile

    device and many desktop users don't have flash player installed. Adobe

    has stopped including it with Reader and Acrobat, as well. Digital

    Publishing for InDesign at this point involves DPS which has no support

    for native InDesign animations or SWF and is in fact, a very unique



    If I'm misinterpreting what you're teaching please clarify it and we can

    go from there.

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    Oct 31, 2013 1:01 PM   in reply to dfelic21

    You can do everything with DPS for free up to the actual publishing of

    the app so cost is not an issue.


    I get what you're trying to do but if they know InDesign they can get

    DPS very quickly and instead of learning to prototype an app, they'll

    learn how to create one.

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    Oct 31, 2013 4:42 PM   in reply to dfelic21

    There are three interactive outputs from ID.


    The first, and the easiest to use, is the interactivity of a PDF. No animation, but buttons, videos, hyperlinks, etc. And a very understandable concept of pages. And very easy to create and preview. I've taught a lot of courses on interactivity for the past 10+ years using Acrobat.


    The next, and just as easy to create, is SWF. It's major benefit is that you can add ID's animation. But pages are a little different as they turn into SWF frames. The output would be severely limited as you know, but it would be the richest experience.


    The last, and most difficult to use is DPS. It is difficult because very simple concepts such as show/hide fields are missing. It also does not include animation. And previewing is not easy. The desktop preview is not always reliable. Your students would need an iPad for best previews. Also, they would need to have signed in on the school's machine with an Adobe ID. This is most likely impossible in your computer lab.


    If it was my class, I'd do PDF. But SWF is very viable for this purpose.


    Also, you might want to suggest my book, Digital Publishing with InDesign CS6, as the textbook. Diane Burns and I cover all the aspects of digital publishing with examples of how to make hyperlinks, buttons, etc.


    Don't let the CS6 throw you off. 98% of the book is applicable for CC.

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    Feb 14, 2014 1:08 PM   in reply to dfelic21

    OT, but I have to say that those students are lucky to have someone teaching them who works in letterpress. I started printing with type set out using a California job case, and that experience has really helped me to learn and then teach all the Adobe products because so many of them are based on the metaphor of 19th and early 20th century photography, typesetting, production, and printing.  Just as an example the QuickMask in photoshop is the exact same orange as the overlay in Amberlith masking film.

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