Yes, you can use the
draft option when loading the
media9 package. In draft mode,
media9 does not embed video, but instead only displays the placeholder graphic. Using
graphicx in conjunction with this would change even the placeholder graphic to a plain box.
Not only is the compilation time faster, but the PDF filesize is also greatly reduced.
Notes for the example
The code for the video embedding is taken directly from the
media9 package manual. The required media files are
cubeposter.png, both available from the
Place the media files in the same directory as your document (sample code below) and compile with
pdflatex. Adobe Reader and a suitable Flash Player/Plugin for your operating system are required for the video to be viewable when embedded.
The placeholder image (
cubeposter.png) will be shown only. Removing
draft option adds the video back in.
&autoPlay=true % start playing on activation