# How to embed video and animation in LaTeX and LaTeX beamer step by step

I want to know the procedure to embed video and animation in LaTeX step by step. I tried to follow the instructions from this forum and wrote a LaTeX file. This is my code for embedding a video in LaTeX beamer...an icon is visible in the third slide but when I am clicking that video is not playing...I have tried with .avi file also. I do not know what went wrong

\documentclass{beamer}
\usetheme{CambridgeUS}
\usepackage{graphicx}
\usepackage{verbatim}
\usepackage{multirow}
\usepackage{ctable}
\usepackage{geometry}
\geometry{verbose,letterpaper}
\usepackage{movie15}
% \usepackage{media9}
\usepackage{hyperref}
\newcommand{\fullpage}[1]{
\begin{frame}
#1
\end{frame}
}
\author{~}
\institute{Linux Community}
\title{Emdedded Video on Latex}
\begin{document}
\frame{ \titlepage }
\fullpage{See Demo video}
\begin{frame}
abc
% \includemedia
% [
%   activate=pageopen,
%   width=200pt,height=150pt,
%   flashvars={%
%      source=bloch.mp4% same path as in addresource!
%    &autoPlay=true%    % optional configuration
%    &loop=true%        % variables
%   }
%   ]{}{VPlayer.swf}

def

\end{frame}
\end{document}


I would be really grateful if someone helps me out.

Below is the code about how I solved it using multimedia package. Someone can add an image also to avoid a black spot in the allocated space for the video.

\documentclass{beamer}
\usepackage{graphicx}
\usepackage{multimedia}
\begin{document}
\begin{frame}{movie}
\begin{figure}[h!]
\centering
\movie[label=show3,width=1.0\textwidth,poster
,autostart,showcontrols,loop]
{\includegraphics[width=1.0\textwidth]{image.png}}{image.mp4}
\caption{caption}
\end{figure}
\end{frame}
\end{document}

• The code doesn't work (my .mp4 doesn't play, although it does in vlc), regardless of the presence of an image. I have TeX, Version 3.1415926 (TeX Live 2013/Debian). Maybe it's too old? – jaam Mar 24 '18 at 13:30
• Codec issue? Just a wild guess. – prashanta_himalay May 21 '18 at 16:59
• this code makes a useless play button inside the PDF. Does not work. – con Jan 21 at 15:26

In addition to Karl's students answers (Can we use media9 to show a video on a PDF but the video is not embedded to the PDF?) and this other question: gif image in beamer presentation I can suggest what I did for my thesis presentation:

In the preamble of the beamer:

%Graphics and Videos
\usepackage{graphicx} %The mode "LaTeX => PDF" allows the following formats: .jpg  .png  .pdf  .mps
\graphicspath{{./PresentationPictures/}} %Where the figures folder is located
\usepackage{media9}


And then I included my file like this:

\begin{frame}
\frametitle{Forward Kinematics}

\begin{center}
\includemedia[
activate=onclick,
width=0.75\textwidth
]{\includegraphics{FK3.png}}{FK3.swf}
\end{center}
\end{frame}


As you can see, I used the .swf file extension. I too had a .avi file and in order to convert it to .swf I used AnyVideoConverter.

I hope this helps

• What is FK3.png? Just the fisrt frame of the video as a placeholder until the video starts? – Jonny Jul 6 '15 at 16:56
• @Jonny Exactly. You can use any image you want – Mario S. E. Jul 10 '15 at 10:40
• Thanks for this. This is the only option that worked for me. To convert to SWF, you can use ffmpeg, with the command line: "ffmpeg -i Source.flv -acodec copy Destination.swf". – cfp Jun 18 '18 at 9:34

So here is my workaround for this. It opens your standard video player when you click on the image.

\documentclass{beamer}
\usepackage{multimedia}
\begin{frame}
\centering
\movie[externalviewer]{\includegraphics[width=1.0\textwidth]{image.jpg}}video.mp4}
\end{frame}