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Acrobat X Pro Embed Flash & Powerpoint 2010

Mar 17, 2012 8:48 PM

Tags: #embed_video #embed_flash #powerpoint_2010

The only reason I upgraded to Acrobat X Pro from standard was to be able to embed cine loops/video into Powerpoint slides that would play upon conversion to PDFs via PDFMaker.


I've made some small test ppts and converted them. Sometimes they convert, sometimes they don't.


Of the converted files, I embedded two videos converted from mp4 via the "Embed Flash" option under the Acrobat heading on the Powerpoint ribbon.

One plays as it should.  The other just displays an all black window.  Both files were MP4s.  Got no error messages.  Both MP4s look fine/play fine in Powerpoint.  So why won't one convert correctly - no error message so PDFMaker seems to think it converted fine.  Seems like it is very unreliable.


Can anyone help?




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    Mar 30, 2012 10:06 AM   in reply to jmb825

    What happens when you embed the MP4 directly into Acrobat using the Tools > Content > Multimedia > Video command? Perhaps the video isn't encoded properly.

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    Apr 3, 2012 8:10 AM   in reply to LoriAUC

    Also, is this the 64-bit version of Powerpoint or the 32-bit version? If it's the bit 64-version, then it's necessary to install a 64-bit version of Flash Player for Internet Explorer. Currently, Adobe 64-bit Flash Player is in beta phase. You can download a preview release of Flash Player with the code name "Square" from Adobe Labs at

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    Apr 9, 2012 12:14 PM   in reply to jmb825

    The Video tool in Acrobat is waiting for you to drag out a rectangle on the page, where you want the video to be placed. As soon as you do that, it'll prompt for the file to embed.


    Using the Video tool you get to pick the poster frame (the image to show when the annotation isn't activated) - either from the video itself or from a still image. The momentary flash of black you see in the PDF is caused by the decompression process - when the page opens, Acrobat (or Reader) has to unpack the embedded video file and hand it off to Flash Player, which takes a second or two. Hardware acceleration has no effect on this, as it's not a graphics event. However if you use the first frame of the video as the poster image, it's a lot less obvious to the viewer.



    Looping continually isn't possible with the default video playback widget in Acrobat, but it can be done by switching the default widget for another one. We have an upgraded version which loops by default, that you can download free - see the instructions on the link about how to install it.

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