[OS X TeX] MacOSX-TeX Digest, Vol 124, Issue 7

David Goldenberg goldenberg at biology.utah.edu
Fri Feb 16 18:27:27 EST 2018

I have spent more time than I care to think about on this issue myself! 

For what it is worth, I keep coming back to movie15, even in its deprecated state, because it seems to do most of what I need it to do.  Unfortunately, I can’t recall what the stumbling blocks were when I tried media9, but it wasn’t for lack of trying!  I can say, though, that some of the options just didn’t work on my system.  Obviously, YMMV!


> On Thu, Feb 15, 2018 at 4:53 AM, David Craig <dac at panix.com> wrote:
>> All-
>> I?m finally making the push to do my more math-heavy presentations in
>> beamer rather than Keynote.   Now that I?m past the steepest part of the
>> learning curve I?m generally quite happy with how much easier it is, and
>> I?ve found ways to reproduce most of my favorite visual presentation tropes
>> in beamer.
>> HOWEVER, I am still struggling to include media in my presentations
>> smoothly, specifically, things like animated gifs, and movies in various
>> formats/containers (X.mov, X.mpg, X.mp4).   I?ve googled around, but the
>> options I have found most frequently recommended (deprecated or not) ?
>> multimedia, movie15, media9 ? just don?t work very well and are very
>> particular about file formats.  Things that QuickTime player can play fine
>> and/or the Finder can QuickLook often don?t work (even when the package
>> documentation says it should for that format).
>> So, I?m seeking best-practice advice from Mac users on including movie
>> media in beamer presentations.   If there?s a specific format that will
>> reliably work in beamer with a particular package, I?m willing to make the
>> conversions.   I?m just intent on some degree of reliability for the next
>> few years at least.
>> Thanks,
>> David Craig
> Use media9 which supersedes movie15. Read package documentation
> Movie should  be with x264 codec. Use ffmpeg
> % ffmpeg -i foo.mov -vcodec libx264 foo.mp4
> or Handbrake (https://handbrake.fr/) to convert

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