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iBooks Author: Add video or audio to your books

Learn about working with video and audio in iBooks Author, supported formats, and video encryption.

Use audio and video in Media widgets

There are two ways to add audio or video to your book as a Media widget:

  • Drag video from the Media Browser or Finder into your book.
  • Add a Media widget from Widgets in the toolbar, then drag your media into the widget.

Using iBooks Author 2.0 and later, you can import audio or video files that are supported by QuickTime, except for files that contain DRM encryption. iBooks Author will optimize your media files to meet the requirements for audio and video on the iPad. Files that already meet the iPad audio and video requirements, and are compressed appropriately, won't be re-optimized.

If you have a Paid Books Account and choose to use DRM protection in your book, video and audio in Media widgets and Keynote widgets will be DRM-protected when your book is available on the iBooks Store.

Use audio and video in Keynote widgets

When you use audio and video in a Keynote widget, iBooks Author treats the files in the Keynote presentation as if you were dragging the audio and video files directly to your book or a Media widget.

If you choose to use DRM protection in your book, video and audio in Media widgets and Keynote widgets will be DRM-protected when your book is available on the iBooks Store.

Use audio and video in HTML widgets

iBooks Author doesn't optimize video or audio files in HTML widgets like it does for Media and Keynote widgets. You will need to prepare video and audio for HTML widgets manually.

  • For video, use one of the following formats in an mp4 file:
    • H.264 video: Up to 720p, 60 frames per second, High Profile level 4.2 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 kbps, 48 kHz, stereo audio. Video shared to file from iMovie 10 using the HD 720p option will use these settings.
    • MPEG-4 video: Up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 x 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 kbps per channel, 48 kHz, stereo audio.
  • For audio, use AAC (8 to 320 Kbps, 48 kHz stereo) with an .m4a file extension.
  • You can't use media that has .m4v or .m4p file extensions.

Video and audio in HTML widgets aren't DRM protected.

 

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Last Modified: May 29, 2014
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