I've created a brief text animation in After Effects and exported it as an MP4 to place in an InDesign Publish Online file. It just a simple approach to jazz up a title. Unfortunately, when the files plays, it shows the video controls at the bottom of the clip -- even though I've selected "none" for showing the controller via InDesign.
Long-story-short: I just want it to play automatically and not show controls. Any ideas?
If an opaque (filled) rectangle is placed across the bottom of the video, the controls will not display. If you could add some black or blank space at the bottom of the video, you could then cover it in InDesign with a filled rectangle.
Not pretty, but it does work.
I am afraid this would not be possible with Publish Online feature. You can try the workaround shared by Diane and share a feature request here: Adobe InDesign Feedback
This is the best way of communicating with the Engineering and Product Management teams regarding issues and suggestions so they can be implemented in future releases.
Actually, I ended up creating a GIF and that did the trick. Thanks to all for your suggestions!
Just want to mention that the poster's original question dovetails with accessibility requirements set by international accessibility standards (such as WCAG) and ADA requirements of the US and other countries.
Any type of animation, regardless of the file format, should have controls for users to stop, slow down or speed up the visual and turn off the audio. People with disabilities use software/hardware called "assistive technologies" that allow them to use computers. Audio/video/animations can prevent them from using a website, EPUB, PDF, or any other type of file. Some examples:
This article talks further about the social needs of our users: The high cost of digital discrimination: why companies should care about web accessibility | Guardia... Note the reference in the second bullet to a well-known lawsuit brought against Disney. Two grandmothers, who are blind, couldn't use the Disney website because the A/V clip on the site lacked controls to turn off the audio track. This prevented them from hearing their screen readers they used to "read" the text portions of the site. Cost Disney several million dollars to settle the suit...all because they left off the A/V controls. Stuff like this is a civil rights issue and more cases are being lodged against those of us who create content. Think "freedom of access to information."
Based on what the original poster described for his animation, I doubt he's likely to get hit with an ADA lawsuit.
But on the other hand, it's our responsibility to ensure that we make our designs available to everyone. So if you can, design for those A/V playback controls because someone somewhere will need to use them at some point. It's just the right thing for us to do.
Good point, Bevi, thanks for posting. --db
Great idea Tom, this did the trick for me.
I would try this:
1. Place your video
2. Make a Frame with the same size of your Video/Gif but with aprox. - 50pt less at the bottom.
3. Select your Video/Edit/Cut
4. Select your frame/Edit/Paste Into
5. Align the Video at the Top of the Frame in a way that the video control is out of the frame