The Vimeo format is not supported when placing in InDesign.
Using Folio Overlays is a DPS feature which is not supported in EPUB files.
Using streaming video is not a good idea because it presupposes that the EPUB reader is connected to the Internet. Most people expect that the content of an EPUB will be self-contained.
I would used embedded videos in the MP4 format but use Adobe Media Encoder to downsample them to reduce their file size.
A slideshow of images should be no problem, and you can create them with the Object States panel. You could create buttons to control viewing the slide show.
Thank you Steve.
Not what I wanted to hear but you saved me from a lot more aggravation trying to shoehorn those videos into place.
I still like the embedded route for this particular eBook to minimize file size. I already used Handbrake and down to its iPhone settings to try to minimize file size. Going to give the 140 images a try at resampling in Photoshop to see if I can buy space that way.
I have an email out to Vimeo to see if they can work some magic from their end.
Do YouTube embeds work without a problem?
YouTube is also not an acceptable format for EPUB or digital publishing.
"Using streaming video is not a good idea because it presupposes that the EPUB reader is connected to the Internet. Most people expect that the content of an EPUB will be self-contained."
I think most people expect to be connected to the internet 24/7. If it's an item you're paying for, I expect it to be self-contained so I can keep it forever. Nothing inherently wrong with offering streaming video on a free publication. I think that would be a huge segment of the ePub world.
The author of each EPUB will have to decide that depending on their expected audience. Sometimes yes and sometimes not possible at all. .
Thanks again Steve and Bill
My interest in embedding videos was largely to minimize the final file size and amount of space used on each person's device. I ended up following your advice about using Adobe Media Encoder to minimize the size of each slideshow but it still increased the final ePub from 65 MB to over 200 MB. And that was with video quality that was far inferior from what I could offer through an embed or, my final solution, a link out to my website.
I happen to be of the same thought as Bill that most people are now connected to the internet and would favor a smaller file with access to online content over a very large file. I would have liked to embed the videos and allow 720p quality inside the ePub over the link I ended up settling for.
This is really a shame that you still can't export an epub with linked youtube videos... My tutorials have a size file of 140 mb due to that...