[OS X TeX] Embedding movies

Simon Spiegel simon at simifilm.ch
Wed Jan 18 05:30:50 EST 2006

Hi everybody,

for a while I've been trying to embed quicktime movies in PDFs and  
I've come across problems, maybe someone can help me.

AFAIK two packages exist to embed movies into QT, easymovie and  
movie15. Unfortunately, easymovie isn't able to handle H.264 encoded  
movies which forced me to movie15

I have the following problem: At the moment, Preview (and therefore  
also TeXShop) can't handle embedded movies, only Adobe Reader can  
(and here you have to use the latest version of you want to use QT7).  
This in itself wouldn't be so terrible, if I was able to embed the  
movie in a way that it would be played in Adobe Reader while Preview  
would only display the (non moving) poster image. Unfortunately, this  
doesn't work properly. I use the following snippet

\includemovie[controls=true,poster,mouse=true,mimetype= video/ 
quicktime,text={\includegraphics[scale=1]{poster image}}]{384pt} 

While this gives me the desired result when viewed in Adobe Reader I  
get strange things in Preview; it does display the poster image, but  
there is a strange yellow border around the image (like a link, but I  
haven't defined a link color yellow anywhere) and there is some text  
visible in the upper left corner of the image. Something about  
"attachment" but it's not well readable since two texts are on top of  
each other.



Simon Spiegel
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