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iBooks Author: Add a movie or an audio file

Add a movie or an audio file

You can use the Media widget to add a movie or an audio file to your book.

Note:   Movie and audio files must be in a format QuickTime supports. If you can’t add a file, try using iMovie, QuickTime Player, or Compressor to convert the file to a supported format.

Add a movie

  1. Choose Media from the Widgets pop-up menu in the toolbar.

  2. Drag a movie file from the Finder or the Media Browser to the widget.

  3. In the Interaction pane of the Widget inspector, do any of the following:

    • Choose the frame to display until the movie starts playing: Drag the Poster Frame slider.

    • Make playback start over when the movie finishes playing: Choose an option from the Repeat pop-up menu.

    • Display the widget as a thumbnail image in iBooks: Select the “Show object as a thumbnail” checkbox.

      In the completed book, the widget appears as a thumbnail image, which readers tap or click to interact with.

      • Continue to edit the widget: Select the thumbnail image, click Edit Media, make your changes, and click Done.

      • Change the thumbnail image: Drag a new image to the thumbnail.

Add an audio file

  1. Choose Media from the Widgets pop-up menu in the toolbar.

  2. Drag an audio file from the Finder or the Media Browser to the widget.

  3. In the Interaction pane of the Widget inspector, do any of the following:

    • Make playback start over when the file finishes playing: Choose an option from the Repeat pop-up menu.

    • Choose how users play the audio file in the completed book: Select an option under Show Audio As. You can select one of the following:

      • Button: Readers tap or click a button to start and stop the audio file. If the file is stopped before it finishes playing, readers tap or click the audio file again to resume playing the file from where it left off.

      • Scrubber bar: Readers can use playback controls to play the audio file.

      • Image: Drag an image to the widget. Readers tap or click the image to start the audio file. If readers tap or click again, the file plays from the beginning.

      Important:   Images can’t be larger than 25 megapixels (5000 x 5000 pixels) or 50 MB.
Last Modified: Oct 23, 2013
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