In an interactive PDF, interactive elements like video are always displayed at the top of the stack. You can resize the video when you place it, but not place it behind something else.
Thanks, Steve. What a drag! That sucks. Adobe, if you are listening, this would be extremely helpful if this was possible!!!
It's a function of the structure of a PDF file, as its specified: Interactivity appears at a level higher than the content. Adobe no longer controls the PDF specification: It's controlled by an ISO organization and will not change fast.
Ah, I see. Sigh...there's always one little glitch to ruin my day
There's a way around this. But it takes a few steps.
Place your video as usual.
Now, create a frame that would be the outside of the TV screen. Now create another curved corner rectangle that would be the screen of the TV. Select them both. I would make these outside the area of the video as you don't want the video to be the in the next step.
With those two frames selected, choose Objects> Pths> Compound Path Make.
You now have a hole in the frames.
Fill with a color or Paper. Optional: Import an image of the woodgrain of a TV set.
Now, with this compound path selected, choose Buttons and Forms and make this a button that does nothing.
Now, if you were to export this as a PDF, the video will play "inside" the screen frame but it's really playing behind a button. The button is on top of the video because it was on top of the video in the ID file.
However, you can't click on the video to play it because it's behind the button. PDFs don't recognize the holes in compound paths.
SO, back in InDesign, I created a little round button that I would consider the dial to turn on the TV. (I'm old enough to remember televisions that had rounded objects to turn them on and off. You may want a more digital looking object.)
This button will have an action applied that plays the video.
TaDa!!! You've done it!
And your day is not ruined.
Cool! Yes, that would work. However, the TV screen I'm referring to is actually a rendering of a display that has a space for a tablet screen so I've cropped that out of the image and saved as a psd to import into Indesign to go over top of the video to make it look like it's playing on the display. I don't think I can make a transparent button that would work in this same way, can I?
I'm in the middle of a project, so don't have time to set it for sure, but I pretty sure you can create a button with No fill or stroke and assign the action to play the video.
Thanks Sandee. I will give it a whirl and see how it goes. Actually, I did figure out a workaround. I imported both the psd and the video into After Effects and used the Corner Pin effect to distort the video to fit my "TV screen", in perspective and all! Then just exported the AE file as an MP4 and imported into Indesign. The whole page is essentially a video so it plays flawlessly! Voila!
Oooooh, After Effects. I couldn't work in After Effects if my life depended on it.
Tell me about it! I've been a graphic desiger for 25 years and am now being forced to learn to develop interactive content. I had to take a 3 day intensive course in After Effects and I'm still stumbling like a kindergarden student!