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Insert a Picture


1.In the word processor, put the text cursor where you want to insert a picture.

2.On the Insert tab, in the Media group, click Picture.

3.At the Open dialog box, find and select the picture file that you want to insert.

4.Click Open.

 

Insert a Video


1.In the word processor, put the text cursor where you want to insert a video.

2.On the Insert tab, in the Media group, click Movie.

3.At the Open dialog box, find and select the video file that you want to insert.

4.Click Open.

 

Support of Video Files in Different Output Formats:

HTML Help (CHM)

Provides support for AVI, WMV, MPG, SWF, MOV, MP4, and M4V video formats.

 

Remark: Please note that while SWF (Flash) files are embedded into the CHM file, the other video formats are not embedded and should be distributed along with the CHM file.

Web Help

Provides support for MP4 and M4V video files. Other video formats may not be supported by modern HTML5 browsers.

ePub

Provides support for MP4 and M4V video files. Other video formats may not be supported by an ePub reader application.

 

Insert a Screenshot into a Topic


1.In the word processor, put the text cursor where you want to insert a screenshot.

2.On the Insert tab, click Create Screenshot.

3.In the Image Tool, click Capture by Mouse.

4.Select the window that you want to capture and then Ctrl+Click on it.

5.Click OK.

 

You can learn more about using the Image Tool to create screenshots, add various annotations, hotspots, and also control annotations for UI elements (such as buttons, input boxes, etc.) to the image here.

 

Remark:

The screenshot tool is available in HelpSmith Professional (or higher) edition only.

 

About the Media Repository


The media repository stores all the graphic and video files of your help project. When you save the help project, the media repository is saved to a sub-folder which is named like "YourProjectName_files" and located in the same directory as the HSM project file.

 

To view and edit the media repository of your help project:

1.On the Project tab, in the Project group, click Project Objects.

2.In the drop-down menu, click Media Repository.

 

Note that when you insert a picture or video from an external file directly in the word processor, that media file is automatically copied to the media repository.

 

The advantages of this approach are as follows:

You do not have to worry about the original locations of the media files that you insert into your help project since all of these files are automatically saved in a subfolder which is located in the same directory as your .HSM project file.

Thus, if you delete an original picture or video file, your help project will still have its own copy of the media. Also, if you decide to copy or move an entire help project to another computer, or storage device, you do not have to copy individual media files from different locations.

When you use the same picture or video in more than one help topic of your help system and want to replace the media with its new version (for example, for a screenshot), you can simply update it in the Media Repository window. This will automatically update the corresponding image objects in the help topics.

 

Insert a Picture or Video from the Media Repository


1.In the word processor, put the cursor where you want to insert a picture or video.

2.On the Insert tab, in the Media group, click Media From Repository.

3.At the Project Media dialog box, find and select the media object that you want to insert.

4.Click Insert.

 

Resize a Picture or Video Object


You can resize a picture or video object directly in the word processor, to do so:

1.Click the image object that you want to resize.

2.Click one of the resizing markers and while holding down the mouse button, move the mouse until the image gets the desired size, then drop the mouse button.

 

Notes:

While resizing, you can also hold the Shift key, so the image will save its proportions.

To reset an image object to its actual size, hold the Ctrl key and then double-click the image.

 

Edit Picture or Video Object's Properties


1.In the word processor, double-click the media object whose properties you want to change.

2.At the dialog box, you can define new width and height values, alignment settings, etc. Also, you can link the media object to a different file of the media repository. To do so, click the Change button in the Information box.

3.Click OK.

 

Related Topics


Using the Image Tool

Cropping Images



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