Restore video from URL media option
For some unexplained reason the Video from URL option has been removed from InDesign 2020. This needs to be restored ASAP as there are people using this feature.
Moveover, it needs a minor improvement to allow HTTPS links (https://indesign.uservoice.com/forums/601180-adobe-indesign-bugs/suggestions/37474690-place-a-video-from-a-url-with-https).
It was a big mistake to not query the community before removing this and it should be a simple thing to restore.
“Place Video from URL” option has been restored in the latest InDesign update – version 15.1.
Please update InDesign to use the feature.
Adobe InDesign team
we need this feature back please
David Farr commented
Huge mistake Adobe. This was not a Flash-based only feature. Please replace this as soon as possible.
David Bircham commented
This feature needs to be put back in right away!
Hey...why'd this get removed? We use it for things OTHER THAN FLASH.
Trying attachment again.
Please read the comments. These are not from people using the Flash Player. You can link to mp4 videos and export them to HTML, EPUB, and/or Publish Online.
Yes, by all means remove the Flash Player message and the rmtp protocol, but keep the http protocol (and add https).
This feature is currently in use.
*mp4's do not require the Flash Player.*
Just as animation in ID was developed for the Flash Player, but is now supported by other formats, this Video From URL feature still has important relevance beyond the Flash Player.
Removing this feature is throwing out the baby with the bath water. You don't have to remove something just because the UI includes a message about the Flash Player. Just remove the text that mentions the Flash Player.
This video is used in the in5 demo document that launches in InDesign when someone first installs InDesign:
It lets me distribute a useful sample document without bloating the installers.
Many in5 users use Video From URL for the same reason, it shrinks the size of their output. In some cases the video is already hosted on another server (but the server doesn't provide an iframe embed).
I'm attaching the in5 sample document here.
David B commented
Replying to Ravi K's comment above: "expects the video to be compliant with Flash Player" is very different than "requires Flash."
That is like saying "The peg must fit through a square hole." A round peg CAN fit through a square hole, if it is small enough, yes? But then you come back and say "no, the peg must also be square."
In this case, very few people used Flash video with this feature… most people who used it (which is not many, but some!) used .mp4, which has nothing to do with Flash. (Except that it is compatible with it.)
Cyril Ernou commented
I Agree. This should be put back ASAP.
I don't understand why it was removed !
Alistair Dabbs commented
Adobe, in future can you provide a list of features that you have decided to throw away and the reason behind the decision? Failing that, could you ask in the prerelease forum whether anyone's using it and how? That's partly what the forum is for.
Diane Burns commented
Agree. This should be put back ASAP. Hard to understand why it was removed.
Keith Gilbert commented
Whoa! Yes, this needs to be put back ASAP!
Maurice Williams commented
Hello, we need this! We often need to reference movies on various platforms. I hope that this is just a temporary thing and it comes back as a better option.
Here's the note in the docs saying it has been removed.