Adobe Reader for Linux supports only Real Player for multimedia playback.
Hence, to be able to play AVI files inside Adobe Reader, you'd need to install a version of Real Player that supports playing AVI files.
For a portable solution, I would suggest that you convert your AVI files to SWF's and
use the new /RichMediaAnnotation, rather than the older media player route.
Here I'm attaching a PDF, mooncall.pdf, also available at:
which shows what I mean. As it stands, the attached lacks the usual video player
controls, but they can easily be added.
mooncall.pdf 4.2 MB
As a follow-up, attached shows a FLV file streaming in a PDF
with a custom set of video controls. In short, given the flexibility
of PDF's new /RichMediaAnnot, and ffmpeg's ability to convert
AVI's to SWF or FLV, I personally would not bother with
the old media player approach.
apollo_11.pdf 241.5 K
Thank you for your replies, but:
1) We get the PDF files from different sources, converting them is no option for a larger conference with 1500 speakers..
2) On Linux the codecs supported by Real Player Gold (and the Helix Player) are very limited.
So the limitation to Real Player seems to be a show stopper for Adobe Reader on linux..
Sorry. It's always hard to offer assistance without knowing the full
context in which a question is asked.
In this instance, it would also be useful to know what Adobe's future plans are
for AR's media player. In the long term I would imagine that the media player
will be deprecated, as the SWF based route gives Adobe better software
control in that they no longer need rely on third-party players. But that's
just speculation on my part, and some official guidance would be welcome.
Are there any updates about Adobe's plans on this annoying issue?
Other Linux pdf viewers such as Okular and Evince are trying to include multimedia capabilities but are still under development.