This shouldn't be a tough question. Does anyone have an answer?
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Video in ePubs is a bit of a mess.
ADE 1.7 only supports video embedded using Flash. Note that ADE 1.8 (currently in Beta) does not support video at all - and the indication from Adobe are that if they do support video that will do it using the HTML5 'video' tag rather than flash embedding (which is the standard going forward as part of the EPUB3 spec)
As you may have already figured out the 'video' tag will work on some devices ( iPads and the Nook Color/Tablet), but not in any of the Mac/PC programs (ADE, Nook, etc..) yet.
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It's a pretty easy answer: no. ADE reads text files and displays some
picture files (.jpg's for example), but doesn't handle .wmv's or .avi's.
Check out the HELP file (F1 key) for more information.
Thanks to everyone who helped. It seems that as much as I hate to admit it the iPad is way ahead of anything on a PC. I was looking at publishing ePub textbooks but without videos why? I think that unless the creators of reading software quickly catch up Apple will control another content area. I understand that Adobe is primarily concerned with content creators, but I think if Apple wins, Adobe will lose.
I disagree with your characterization of Adobe's concern. Digital Editions
was created in the early 2000's to help implement epublications as
described in the Digital Millenium Copyright Act of 2000. That's about 10
years ago, and it's undergone several changes. It does not assist in the
creation of any epublications, nor does it reformat or change the material
in the epublications. Its design point is to work with the accepted
standard .epub file and other popular formats and make it possible to
transfer those epublications to your computer and/or your ereader. As an
'open' software package, it handles interfaces with many different ereading
devices in the Windows and MAC world. It's not frozen in time, though, as
it has to accommodate an explosion of ereaders and other devices. However,
it does NOT interact with the MAC world beyond the MAC OS on a MAC computer.
The Android and i-somethingorother world has evolved a lot in the past ten
years, to the point where those hand-held devices have developed functional
capabilities very close to those in the traditional computer. The catch is
that their OS is quite different (because it has to run a device that is
quite different from your traditional computer). Adobe has not developed a
version of Digital Editions that will work with these OS directly. Other
systems, such as Overdrive and Bluefire Reader, and even iTunes, are a
better choice for those environments for now. Apple systems will be a
player for sure, but the Android marketplace is getting much stronger every
week, and I don't see Apple dominating this arena. I do see Adobe trying
to develop something to address this arena, however. But, since I'm not an
Adobe employee, I have no specific knowledge of any of their efforts.