Add multimedia

1)Select a location in the topic for inserting the multimedia.

2)Select Insert > Media > Multimedia.

3)Choose either Offline (local folder) option to insert multimedia file from a local folder or Online (URL) option to embed an online video using its URL.

4)If you choose multimedia option as Offline (local folder), do one of the following:

To add a new file, click the Browse button browsebut.png, and navigate to the file. Double-click it. Select Yes.

To add an existing file, select it from the Multimedia In Project Folders list.

5)If you choose multimedia option as Online (URL), input the source URL (in embed code) of the online video as explained in the note below. For embedding Youtube, Vimeo, and Daily­motion videos, you can alternatively provide the http URL instead of the source URL.

note:    The source URL of the video can be copied from the embed code of the online video. Consider this embed code as an example: <iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allow­fullscreen></iframe>. Here, the source URL required to embed the video is: This source URL is different from the http URL of the video.

6)Set options:

Text Wrapping

Sets the alignment of the multimedia object with the surrounding text.

Screen Tip

Replaces the multimedia file with a text label if users disable multimedia in their browsers.

7)You can set the appearance settings. The settings you specify affect how the embedded video appears in the published web output.


Specifies the size of the embedded video.

If you are adding a QuickTime video, you need to add 16 pixels to the size of the video. This means, that if your video is 320 x 240, you will need to define the Size (in the Appearance drop-down described above), as 336 x 256.


Specifies left, right, top, and bottom margins in inches.


Sets a border around the video object.

Player Settings

Specifies the video settings related to player controls, playback, and sound in the published output. The following options are available:


Show player controls on hover. This option is available only when embedding an online video.


Show player controls always.


Never show player controls.

Show annotations when available:

Show annotations if they are available in the embedded multimedia. This option is available only when embedding an online video.

Full Screen:

Show multimedia in full screen.


Auto play multimedia when you open the topic that contains it.


Loop multimedia ‘n’ times till the user stops it manually. Choose Infinitely or specify a value for ‘n’ for finite looping. It should be noted that finite looping option is available only for window media video (wmv) multimedia type, while infinite looping option is available for all multimedia types except window media video (wmv).


Start the video in mute mode, which can later be changed manually.

Initial Volume:

Specify the initial volume of the video, which can later be changed manually. This option is available only for HTML5 video files.

8)Click OK.

9)Create a link to the multimedia file near the object with a note prompting users to select the link if they cannot access the multimedia file.

10)To test or preview, click View Item button in Project > View.

important:   The player settings that you specify, depend on the output video type (such as .mov or .qt) for offline videos. For online videos, the settings will depend the on settings made available by the provide (such as or

note:   Some file formats do not work properly in compiled Microsoft HTML Help files.

The following are the allowed multimedia file types:

Video files: *.avi, *.asf, *.asx, *.mpg, *.mpeg, *.mpg4, *.mpe, *.mov, *.qt, *.ra, *.rm, *.rpm, *.wmv, *.wvx

HTML5 video files: *.mp4, *.ogg, *.ogv, *.webm.

.ogg, .ogv, and .webm formats are supported only for Multiscreen HTML5 SSL. These formats are not supported in Internet Explorer. Refer to the following table for more information about browser requirements for playing videos in generated Multiscreen HTML5 output:


Internet Explorer





Not supported



Not supported



Not supported




Not supported



Not supported


Ogg represents Ogg files with the Theora video codec and the Vorbis audio codec

MPEG4 represents MPEG 4 files with the H.264 video codec and the AAC audio codec

WebM represents WebM files with the VP8 video codec and the Vorbis audio codec

tip:   For wider compatibility with multiple browsers on multiple devices, use MP4 video files. MP4 videos are also supported in EPUB 3 eBook output.


(Only for Firefox) MP4 videos in Multiscreen HTML5 output are displayed in the size 400 x 300 pixels by default. You can specify a different video size if necessary.

(Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 9)To view MP4 videos in Multiscreen HTML5 output, make sure that Windows Media Player is installed.

MPEG video files: *.mpg, *.mpeg, *.mpg4, *.mpenote:    MPEG 4 files with H.264 video codec and AAC audio codec are natively supported by most browsers.

Windows media files: *.avi, *.asf, *.asx, *.wma, *.wmv, *.wax, *.wvx

QuickTime files: *.qt, *.mov

Real files: *.ra, *.rm, *.rpm

Audio files: *.asf, *.asx, *.mp3, *.mp4, *.wav, *.au, *.mid, *.rmi, *.ra, *.rm, *.wma, *.wax

Flash files: *.swf

Flash video files: *.flv, *.f4v

Adobe Captivate files: *.swf

If you use the multimedia file in other topics, add it by dragging the file from the Multimedia folder.note:    Multimedia content might have dependencies such as Flash or video/audio players that you need to install before you can view or hear them.

September 30, 2016

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