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I want to have several videos placed throughout a long portrait-oriented, scrolling interactive PDF published online. I'd like the videos to autoplay as they appear on screen when users scroll down. But, I don't want them to all play at once by setting them to "play on page load." Is there a way to set the videos' individual media controls to play in sequence as they are scrolled to, and appear, on the user's screen? Any tips or workarounds you could offer, using sections, page breaks, frames, anything, would be much appreciated.
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My number one piece of advice is rethink this project. Video in a PDF is a crapshoot at best.
This sounds like something that would better lend itself to a webpage.
Unfortunately, changing formats is not an option. PDF format is a submission requirement for this project. I am planning to publish it online via Adobe to ensure functionality.
My mistake. It will be exported as an interactive PDF to fullfil the submission requirements, as well as published online and linked in the body of the submission to ensure full functionality for all viewers as a backup.
The .pdf format is a requirement for submission. The "play on scroll" is something I would like to do in an ideal world, instead of setting all the videos in the document to "play on page load," which would result in the audio of 4 separate videos in the document playing all at once. I am working with an artist who needs an interactive PDF featuring their spoken word poetry videos for fellowship consideration. We would like it do require as few clicks as possible to play the content, and make it an interactive scrolling experience.
It was my understanding that publishing online does not require the end user have Adobe Reader for viewing -- it's available to view live online. I'm curious to hear what format you would suggest instead of working in inDesign.
Let me rephrase my question: What application would you recommend working in instead of inDesign?
There is no alternative we recommend. Publish Online is a good (non-PDF) solution; for this you can only use InDesign. PDF is really a non-starter for multimedia use ONLINE, and using different software won't change that.
Since publish online will not accommodate scrolling, though, because the whole page image loads, I'm hearing that publishing as a webpage would be preferable. Would you recommend DreamWeaver for this, or Adobe XD? Or something else altogether?
I'm not sure you could pay me enough to use Dreamweaver for anything anymore. I used it back in the day but I'd find a good WordPress theme and create it with that.
BTW, one final point. Many browsers prevent autoplay of media so take that into consideration.
Publish Online will present the entire page from top to bottom. There is no scrolling that is similar to a webpage.
A Publish Online document could have multiple pages containing each video that autoplay, then transitions to the next page after completion.