Adobe Acrobat 9 Professional
Project 5 guide
How to prepare and organize files for a PDF portfolio
© 2008 Adobe Systems Incorporated
the original file format. The original files retain their individual identities but are still part of the one PDF portfolio
file. Viewers can open, read, edit, and format each component file independent of the other component files in the
PDF portfolio (provided they have the native applications that created those files).
PDFs can include Flash, QuickTime, MP3, MPEG, and Windows Media files, among others. You can play these
files directly from the page or activate them from a link or a bookmark. Each multimedia file includes a play area
from which you can activate the media. The play area typically appears on the PDF page as an image or a rectangle
but can also be invisible.
Any computer that has Adobe Reader 9 can play these files:
Media files created in Flash (FLV format)
Media files that comply with the H.264 standard for video compressions
Media files in other formats require the necessary hardware and software to play.
When you add a media file to a PDF document, Acrobat Pro Extended automatically converts video to FLV files.
This format ensures both high-quality viewing and compatibility across computer platforms. FLV files are also
compact, so converting multimedia to this format helps reduce the size of multimedia PDFs. Acrobat converts the
following file formats to FLV format: ASF, ASX, AVI, 3GPP, MOV, MP4, MPEG, MPG, QT, and WMV files.
MP3 audio files can also be added to a PDF for playback on any platform.
Note: All multimedia developed in Adobe Flash® and any multimedia that is H.264 compliant can be played back
in Adobe Reader® 9 and later. (H.264, also known as MPEG-4 part 10, is a video compression standard that
provides high-quality video without substantially increasing file size.) Video files of varying formats and filename
extensions can be H.264 compliant.
To add video to a PDF document:
1. Open the PDF document.
If the document is in a PDF portfolio, right-click
(Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) the document and
choose Open. Double-clicking a document in a PDF
portfolio allows you to preview (rather than open) the
document. You will not be able to proceed with this
activity in a previewed document.
2. Choose Tools > Multimedia > Video Tool.
3. Drag or double-click to select the area on the page where
you want the video to appear.
The Insert Video dialog box appears (Figure 3).
If you double-click the page, Acrobat places the upper-
left corner of the video where you clicked. If you drag
an area on the page, the media is placed within the area.
The play area of the video is the exact size of the video
frame (if Acrobat is able to read the video clip
4. Insert a URL in the File text box, or click Browse
(Windows) or Choose (Mac OS) to find the video file.
For URLs, use the full file address, including the video
filename extension, such as .flv or .mp4.
5. (Optional) To specify which playback controls will be
displayed for the video, select Show Advanced Options.
Then select the Controls tab. In the Skin menu, select
which set of controls to use.
Figure 3 Insert Video dialog box