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.
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.
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.