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Chapter 13. Interactive PDF > Audio and Video

Audio and Video

Why on earth would anyone want to put movies, animations, and sounds into an InDesign document? Because InDesign is all about enabling you to communicate ideas in elegant ways, and sometimes movies and sounds in a PDF file do that better than plain ol’ quiet, static print. For instance, watching a movie about how to change the oil in your car might help more than trying to figure it out from ten pages of printed diagrams and explanations. (Ole doubts it would, provided the diagrams and explanations were competently done.)

You can add a wide variety of audiovisual files to your files—InDesign supports WAV, AIF, and AU sound file formats, and Quick-Time, AVI, MPEG, and SWF movie formats. As Acrobat evolves to support more formats (such as MP3 sound files), we’re sure InDesign will follow suit. Note that you do need QuickTime version 6 or later in order for any of this to work, as it’s really QuickTime doing the heavy lifting behind the scenes.


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