By setting a soundtrack to your Keynote presentation and then recording the presentation you can create a slideshow timed to music. You can use Keynote’s special transitions and effects to make the slideshow interesting and unique. You can then export the presentation as a video.
Hi this is Gary with MacMost Now. Today’s episode let’s look at a technique with KeyNote so that you can time your slides with music. So as you may or may not know, you can record your Key Note presentation; narrating it and advancing the slides anytime you want. And then you can play that back and the timing of your slides, as well as your voice, will be there. You can also export that as video. But what you may not know is that you can also attach a soundtrack to your presentation. and then you can record the slides, advancing time to the music and it’ll remember the timing there. And then you can export that as a video that’s perfectly timed, advances to when you want, according to the music. Let me show you.
So here I’ve setup a simple KeyNote presentation. Instead of Title Slide, I have four pictures. Then I have some bullets, and then some more pictures. Now I want to point out one special feature of this presentation – is that I not only want it to show timing from slide to slide, but on this particular, presentation, slide here, I want it to also be able to show advancement of the bullets. So if I select these bullets here you can see I have the effect as simply an appear effect delivered by bullet starting with bullet number two. If you say start with bullet number one, you start off with a blank screen, then you advance to one. I want it to start with one and then advance two, three, four. So I’ve got those there. So, if I were to actually, play this, I could just go through the slides. Like this. Just going through each one and you see I get to the bullets – go up through each one of those bullets, on to the next photo. So now I want to have a soundtrack attached to this. I go into the inspector and I go into document. The first one there. And then audio. And I’ve already dragged and dropped an MP3 file into here. If you have any audio file, you can just drag and drop into this box. I’m going to turn it back on. I can turn it to play once, loop, whatever I want to do. And now I have audio that will play. If I play the slideshow normally, you can hear the music. Now – What I want do now, is record the slideshow with that music playing in the background. So I’m going to go back to the first slide and I’m going to choose, play, record slideshow. And I’m going to move the slides to the beat.
And now I’m done. So I’ve recorded all the slides and you see what I did there to the bullets. I had those go to the, quartet beat right there. And now, I should be able to play it back, and see the timing has been set. And now, if I wanted to export this as a video, I can go to file, export and select QuickTime Movie. Use the recorded timing. Make sure I include the slideshow soundtrack right there. And I can set the size and other things. Um, I can turn off the slide show recording. So, anything picked up by my microphone won’t be there. Then I can go to next, and I can save this out as a QuickTime movie. So now I’ve got this QuickTime movie on my desktop. I can go double-click on it, open it up in QuickTime player, and play it. So this is an alternative to using something say like Iphone or iMovie to create a slideshow. Here you’ve got a little bit more control over exactly when the transitions from one photo to another happens. You can also add text slides in there. You can add in all sorts of special effects because there’s lots of transitions with photos appearing. You can use SmartBuild. You can use, different things with the bullets and the way that the text appears. So there’s all sorts of cool things that you could do; and you could do it very easily and very quickly in KeyNote and export it out and you’ve got a slideshow that looks a little bit different than everybody else’s. Hope you’ve found this useful. Until next time, this is Gary with MacMost Now.