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I am using the href package within a beamer presentation to run a videofile in VLC player. Instead of having some "clickable item" in the pdf (a button, image, or text), I would like to run the video (i.e. "click on the link") with a button on the keyboard. What I am looking for is a way to show a slide with a still from the following video and then simply to click some keyboard button and the video will launch (in VLC).

How would I go about this? Can somebody give me advice or point me into the right direction?

  • Isn't this automatic? See, for example, tex.stackexchange.com/questions/1574/… – Andrew May 5 at 12:48
  • Which viewer do you use? Some may be easier to configure keyboard actions in than others. Or you can 'cheat' by opening VLC in the background and switching with alt-tab or assign a custom keyboard shortcut (see, e.g., askubuntu.com/questions/180312/… for Ubuntu). – Marijn May 5 at 14:56
  • Thank you for your comments. However, what I am trying to do is the following. Instead using the movie9 or multimedia package, I want to open the video in VLC player. I use href to "run the video file". This works nicely, because I have VLC setup in a way that it goes fullscreen on start and quits the program after the end. All I want to achieve is triggering "the href link" (that runs the video file) with a keyboard button instead of having to click on it with the mouse. The reason behind this is that I want to map a button on my presenter remote control to that keyboard button. – user51502 May 5 at 16:01
  • In some pdf viewers this may be possible, in others not, which pdf viewer do you use? Adobe Reader, Evince, Okular, Sumatra, something else? – Marijn May 7 at 16:02
  • Thank you Marijn. I am using Skim. How would I do it Skim or any of the viewers that you mention? – user51502 May 8 at 17:08

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