Video in PDF

How To Insert Music & Videos In PDF Documents [Tutorial]

PDF is a versatile document file. Thanks to their fixed format, PDFs always look the same, no matter on which device you open them. On a computer, phone, in an e-book reader, and on any tablet: PDFs look exactly as they should.

This includes any kind of image, graphics or table inside the PDF. But wait, there is more! Rich and interactive media can also be embedded in a PDF. Yes, this means you can insert videos and music files in your PDF too!

Read more to find out how to insert your own audio files or videos in PDF documents. 

Insert Interactive Media In A PDF

The embedding of media files such as MP3 or MP4 requires Acrobat Pro. The free Acrobat Reader, unfortunately, does not contain this feature.

Supported Formats

Acrobat Pro allows for the following files to be embedded in a PDF document:

  • Audio:
    • MP3
  • Video:
    • F4V, FLV, SWF
    • 3G2, 3GP, AVI, M4V, MOV, MP4 if the video is H.264 encoded

Thus, if you want to embed a video in PDF documents, you should make sure that it has the correct codec.

How To Insert A Video Into A PDF

1. Open your PDF document in Acrobat Pro

Note: Make sure to copy the original PDF beforehand. The changes can be saved in a new PDF using the “Save as…” function, but with a copy, you are on the safe side.

2. Go to Tools > Rich Media and click on the icon

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3. If you go back to your document, you can now choose “Add Sound” or “Add Video” from the toolbar

4. After choosing, define the area of the document, where you want the media to appear

5. In the dialog that opens, you can either provide the direct URL to a video or audio file or browse your hard drive for a file

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6. Save the PDF