More and more of my presentations start to use video, and my preferred format for emailing/Dropboxing decks is PDF, so how do you insert a video in PDF? It is easy with Adobe Acrobat X:
  1. Save your presentation (PowerPoint or Keynote) as a PDF without the video
  2. Open the deck in Acrobat X and select tools at the top right
  3. Select multimedia, select video, and draw where your video should go with the cross hairs
  4. Select the video file, or insert a YouTube link (I went for the first option, the video size was below 10MB)
  5. Select advanced options, and select use poster image from file to pick the right cover
  6. Click done
The investment bankers of a recent client insisted on the traditional Executive Summary to send to potential investors. I used this video and a 3 column dense text layout to turn a boring bullet point list into a nice looking one page document meant for reading and watching.

Unfortunately, the video does not (yet) play on an iPad...

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