[Tutorial] Which video formats does AOO support?

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[Tutorial] Which video formats does AOO support?

Postby John_Ha » Thu Nov 22, 2018 3:47 pm

Inserting a video into an Impress presentation

You can use the Media Player to preview media files by going Tools > Media Player > navigate to video files > Select a media file. If the format is not supported you will get an error message saying it is not supported. Google for methods of converting a format to a supported format.

media player.gif
AOO Tools > Media Player ...
If the media file format is not supported you will get an error message when you select it.
Not all formats are supported on all Operating Systems.

Searching Help with video says:

To insert a movie or sound file into your document
1. Click where you want to insert the file.
2. Choose Insert - Movie and Sound.
3. In the File Open dialogue box, select the file that you want to insert.
The file types that are listed in this dialogue box are not supported by all operating systems.
4. Click Open.
Alternatively, you can choose Tools - Media Player to open the Media Player. Use the Media Player to preview all supported media files. Click the Apply button in the Media Player window to insert the current media file into your document.

If you have an unsupported video format you want to insert, search Google with convert video for countless (there are 1.5 billion hits) methods of converting any video format into any other format.

See some hints in [Solved] Ensure presentation with video works on AOO and LO

Using a link to a video on your PC or on the internet

You can also insert a hyperlink in a presentation which points to a video file on your PC or on the internet. You play the video by clicking the link which opens your browser or your PC's video player and plays the video. The links work if you export the presentation to a PDF (but not button links - only text links).

See Re: Inserted video has wrong format which has the two example files below and has a discussion.

The links were inserted by Insert > Hyperlink ... See [Solved] How do I edit an existing hyperlink for how to edit a hyperlink. Strangely it uses the Insert > Hyperlink ..., dialogue as is used to insert the link and there is no separate Edit Hyperlink ..., dialogue. Also Using hyperlinks in Chapter 3 of the Impress Manual or hyperlinks or links in Help.

 Edit: The sample Impress file has been corrected and so I created a new PDF from it. Both work as expected. 
Sample multimedia_revised.pdf
PDF with working links created from Sample multimedia.odp.
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Sample multimedia_revised.odp
Impress .odp file with links to video file on PC and to video file on internet
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LO, Windows 10 Home 64 bit

See the Writer Guide, the Writer FAQ, the Writer Tutorials and Writer for students.

Remember: Always save your Writer files as .odt files. - see here for the many reasons why.
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