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. Click the Widgets button in the toolbar and choose Media.

  2. Click the Media button in the toolbar, then drag a movie file from Media Browser to the widget (or drag a file from the Finder).

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

    • Set the movie to play within the book page when readers tap or click it: Click “Plays on page.”

      To set the movie to play automatically when a reader views the book page, select the “Plays automatically” checkbox.

    • Set the movie to play full-screen when readers tap or click its thumbnail image: Click “Plays full-screen.”

      • 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.

  4. 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: Click the Repeat pop-up menu and choose an option.

Add an audio file

  1. Click the Widgets button in the toolbar and choose Media.

  2. Click the Media button in the toolbar, then drag an audio file from the Media Browser to the widget (or drag a file from the Finder).

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

    • Make playback start over when the file finishes playing: Click the Repeat pop-up menu and choose an option.

    • 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:

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

      • Button (portrait and landscape templates):  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.

      • Image (portrait and landscape templates): 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.

      Note: To set a button or scrubber bar to play automatically when a reader views the book page, select the “Plays automatically” checkbox.

Published Date: Dec 7, 2016
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