How to Add Video to a PDF
By Shawn McClain
PDF files are designed to be the ultimate presentation document, bringing together text and media in almost any conceivable manner. Adobe Acrobat allows you to add flash, audio and video files to your document. You can even customize the size of the video to take up the whole page or simply a small section of the page so that you can integrate text with the video. Acrobat can embed videos that are stored on your hard drive, as well as those stored on the Internet.
Navigate in Adobe Acrobat to get to the page in the file where you want to add the video.
Click on "Tools" at the top of the screen and then choose "Advanced Editing" or "Multimedia," depending on the version of Acrobat you are running. Then click on either "Video tool" or "Movie tool."
Double-click on the document where you want the upper-left corner of the video to go. You can also click and drag to create a box that the video will fit in, but this will often cause the video to become distorted. Once you have double-clicked or created your box, a new video window will appear.
Click on the "Browse" button to open up an explored window. In the left-hand side of the window, find the folder where your video is located, then double-click on the video file in the right-hand side of the window. If your video is online, then instead of clicking on "Browse," simply enter the URL into the "File" box. Remember to enter the full address, including the video extension, like ".mp4" or ".wmv."
Place a check mark next to "Show Advanced Options" if you want to edit the available playback controls on the video, or if you want to set a display image when the video is not playing. These options may not be available on older versions of Acrobat.
Click on "OK" to finish embedding the video into your PDF file. It may take a few seconds for the video to show up.
Shawn McClain has spent over 15 years as a journalist covering technology, business, culture and the arts. He has published numerous articles in both national and local publications, and online at various websites. He is currently pursuing his master's degree in journalism at Clarion University.