Viewing videos embedded in PDF on iPad

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in iPad edited January 2014
I embedded a video and link to a website in a .pdf file. I converted the .pdf to a .epub for iBook, but I can't view the video or click the link in iBook. What's the solution?
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  • areseearesee Posts: 776member
    How does it work if you placed the PDF file directly into iBooks without any conversion?
  • johnnycornjohnnycorn Posts: 12member
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    How does it work if you placed the PDF file directly into iBooks without any conversion?



    It doesn't work. iBook can only recognize .epub files to my understanding.
  • dr millmossdr millmoss Posts: 5,403member
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    It doesn't work. iBook can only recognize .epub files to my understanding.



    Update iBooks to v 1.1, it reads PDFs.
  • johnnycornjohnnycorn Posts: 12member
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    Originally Posted by Dr Millmoss View Post


    Update iBooks to v 1.1, it reads PDFs.



    Updated. Didn't help. Issue still stands.
  • dr millmossdr millmoss Posts: 5,403member
    I've never tried to imbed a video in a PDF (to be honest, I didn't even know it was possible), but if I was determined to make this work I'd probably try different types of video.
  • hirohiro Posts: 2,663member
    I'm not positive, but I think embedded media is part of the current PDF spec which Adobe has not released into the open yet.



    Adobe holds onto the newest most advanced version to make a business case for it's Acrobat Pro line. They will publish the current spec as an update to the Open PDF Standard when they feel they have wrung out enough $$ from it. There are also all kinds of security problems in Acrobat related to the embedded media. Enough that several weeks ago Adobe published steps to configure Acrobat Pro to reduce the vulnerabilities.
  • johnnycornjohnnycorn Posts: 12member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Hiro View Post


    I'm not positive, but I think embedded media is part of the current PDF spec which Adobe has not released into the open yet.



    Adobe holds onto the newest most advanced version to make a business case for it's Acrobat Pro line. They will publish the current spec as an update to the Open PDF Standard when they feel they have wrung out enough $$ from it. There are also all kinds of security problems in Acrobat related to the embedded media. Enough that several weeks ago Adobe published steps to configure Acrobat Pro to reduce the vulnerabilities.



    That being said...what's the best way for me to amalgamate the information contained within my .pdf and a video file? I tried converting the .pdf to .html and then inserting the code for a video manually, but the .pdf loses some of its formatting when being converted to .html, and I can't have that.
  • dr millmossdr millmoss Posts: 5,403member
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    Originally Posted by JohnnyCorn View Post


    That being said...what's the best way for me to amalgamate the information contained within my .pdf and a video file? I tried converting the .pdf to .html and then inserting the code for a video manually, but the .pdf loses some of its formatting when being converted to .html, and I can't have that.



    A Keynote presentation saved to Quicktime?
  • johnnycornjohnnycorn Posts: 12member
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    A Keynote presentation saved to Quicktime?



    Not using a MAC, no keynote.



    Basically what I'm trying to accomplish is that I have a .pdf file, and I want to some how replace a picture in the file with a clickable video. And then somehow be able to view this on the iPad, ideally through one of their free pdf viewers.
  • dr millmossdr millmoss Posts: 5,403member
    I've never seen any PDF with a clickable imbedded video. If you could direct me to one, I'd like to see it.
  • johnnycornjohnnycorn Posts: 12member
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    I've never seen any PDF with a clickable imbedded video. If you could direct me to one, I'd like to see it.



    Voila (I put this up as a test). http://chronicle.ca/ipadtest2.pdf
  • dr millmossdr millmoss Posts: 5,403member
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    Originally Posted by JohnnyCorn View Post


    Voila (I put this up as a test). http://chronicle.ca/ipadtest2.pdf



    Thanks. FWIW, the video does not play in Preview on the Mac, but it does in Adobe Reader. So as was suggested above, this feature appears to be currently proprietary to Adobe products.
  • johnnycornjohnnycorn Posts: 12member
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    Originally Posted by Dr Millmoss View Post


    Thanks. FWIW, the video does not play in Preview on the Mac, but it does in Adobe Reader. So as was suggested above, this feature appears to be currently proprietary to Adobe products.



    I can play it straight from my PC's browser...don't have to save the file to open it with adobe (so I'm not sure what you mean by proprietary to adobe products). Anyways, however, when I try the url on iPad's Safari, I can see the pdf file, but the video isn't present.
  • hirohiro Posts: 2,663member
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    I can play it straight from my PC's browser...don't have to save the file to open it with adobe (so I'm not sure what you mean by proprietary to adobe products). Anyways, however, when I try the url on iPad's Safari, I can see the pdf file, but the video isn't present.



    Which means you are opening it via the Adobe Acrobat Reader browser plugin. A proprietary Adobe product.



    The Safari default is to use Preview, which is not owned or produced by Adobe. And Preview, or any other non-Adobe PDF viewer, is prevented from using all the current PDF functionality because Adobe hasn't made that part of the standard available to anyone else yet.
  • johnnycornjohnnycorn Posts: 12member
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    Originally Posted by Hiro View Post


    Which means you are opening it via the Adobe Acrobat Reader browser plugin. A proprietary Adobe product.



    The Safari default is to use Preview, which is not owned or produced by Adobe. And Preview, or any other non-Adobe PDF viewer, is prevented from using all the current PDF functionality because Adobe hasn't made that part of the standard available to anyone else yet.



    Is there some other more public file format I can convert the file to without losing any formatting?
  • hirohiro Posts: 2,663member
    Don't know, sorry.
  • mr. memr. me Posts: 3,219member
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    Originally Posted by JohnnyCorn View Post


    Is there some other more public file format I can convert the file to without losing any formatting?



    All you have to do is to download and install Adobe Reader. This will automatically install the AdobePDFViewer.plugin Internet Plug-in. Switch your PDF viewer to Adobe Reader.
  • johnnycornjohnnycorn Posts: 12member
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    Originally Posted by Mr. Me View Post


    All you have to do is to download and install Adobe Reader. This will automatically install the AdobePDFViewer.plugin Internet Plug-in. Switch your PDF viewer to Adobe Reader.



    Don't think that's available for the iPad...
  • mr. memr. me Posts: 3,219member
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    Originally Posted by JohnnyCorn View Post


    Don't think that's available for the iPad...



    You're correct. This means that you are SOL.
  • johnnycornjohnnycorn Posts: 12member
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    You're correct. This means that you are SOL.



    Which is why I'm looking for a less proprietary format other than .pdf...
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