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From Gary Grosso <gary.gro...@oberontech.com>
Subject RE: Embedding video in PDF
Date Wed, 21 Sep 2016 19:46:55 GMT
Not what I most wanted to hear ("looks very painful") but I appreciate the input.


Gary


-----Original Message-----
From: Tilman Hausherr [mailto:THausherr@t-online.de] 
Sent: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 3:31 PM
To: users@pdfbox.apache.org
Subject: Re: Embedding video in PDF

Am 21.09.2016 um 19:15 schrieb Gary Grosso:
> Hi Tilman,
>
> Yes, that is correct. And the video has to be embedded, since some end-users may not
have an Internet connection. The video files they are starting with are MP4s.
>
> I figure I have to reserve the correct amount of vertical space in the original PDF to
get appropriate page breaks. Either the author will specify the height, or I'll have to have
other code to call something like ffmpeg or ImageMagick to get the height of the video. But
that's a separate issue.
>
> Then I figure I need to insert some "marker" in the PDF file that gives the location
of the MP4 on the system which publishes the PDF.
>
> So the piece I am asking about would be a Java program which would look through the PDF
for these markers, find the MP4 for each marker, and embed the video in the PDF at that location.
>
> Any thoughts on this matter are much appreciated. (I have to give an 
> estimate of effort -- for me giving estimates is the bane of computer 
> programming.)

I can't answer that one... I just looked at the PDF specification and it looks very painful.
The best would be that you create such a PDF file with Adobe Professional, then analyse it
with PDFDebugger to see what structures are needed.

Tilman

>
> Best regards,
> Gary
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tilman Hausherr [mailto:THausherr@t-online.de]
> Sent: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 1:03 PM
> To: users@pdfbox.apache.org
> Subject: Re: Embedding video in PDF
>
> Am 21.09.2016 um 16:23 schrieb Gary Grosso:
>> - Has anyone had any personal experience with this sort of thing? (We 
>> would be post-processing their PDF, which is created elsewhere, to 
>> insert the video at a point where we would leave some sort of 
>> local-filename marker and sufficient white space.)
> I think what you want to do is to embed the video so that there is a screen area in the
PDF, like embedding a youtube video - right?
>
> Tilman
>
>
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