You can create cool animated text and graphics in Keynote and then export it with a transparent background. You need to know how to set the background to transparent and how to export the video in a special way. These transparent overlays can then be used in iMovie to create a variety of effects.
Hi, this is Gary with MacMost Now. On today’s episode I’m wanna show you how to use KeyNote to create transparent video graphics that you can use in iMovie.
So in KeyNote let’s create a simple project here using a plain black background. And I’m going to set the size to be the exact size of my iMovie project which is 1280×720 and that’s very important that it’s at at least to the same ratio, if not exactly the same size. And then I’m gonna create the new project. So now as an example I’m just going to leave this title here. Gonna change it to something like that. Gonna make it a lot bigger there, bold it and then I’m gonna apply an effect to it. So in the inspector I’m gonna go in to the built in for this element here and I’m going to pick something pretty cool. Like maybe we’ll use the shimmer in and now if I run it I can see they get an effect like that.
So what’d be really cool is to overlay just the text here over what I have in my video and iMovie. So the way to do that is I wanna make the background transparent. So I’m gonna bring up the inspector here and I’m gonna go to the slide inspector, and I’m going to go to appearance. And in there I’m going to change the background. Now in there you may be tempted to change it to none, but that actually doesn’t work. What you wanna do is you wanna keep it at color fill, click on that for the colors and change the opacity to zero percent, right there.
So now of course you can’t see, the welcome text is in white and now I have a white background, although it’s really a transparent background. Now I’m going to go to export and I’m going to export it. Now here’s the other tricky thing. You have to export as Quick Time of course and I’m going to set that to fixed timing so since I haven’t recorded this slide show, I’m just gonna have it go five second duration on the slide. Um, so it’ll automatically, basically just play.
Then I’m going to turn on include transparency. I don’t need the audio, there’s no audio there. So now include transparency, you’d think that would do it. Well that doesn’t actually do it either. What you need to do is you need to go for formats from full quality to custom. And under custom I leave the size like that, but I go to settings and I’m going to change the settings so I’m using the animation codec. At animation then I’m going to go do a better frame rate like 30 frames a second, and then go to millions plus. So that’s very important there and do the best quality as possible. Ah, millions plus, the plus gets us the transparency. So having that set, I’ll say okay and then next and I’ll save this to the desktop as “Welcome.”
So here’s that movie that I’ve saved to the desktop. I’m going to open it up in the QuickTime player. And one of the ways you know it worked is, I have a black background, but you noticed in KeyNote I saw it as a white background so I know that it’s removed that white background and now I just get this over nothing. So I here I am in iMovie. Now first think I’m gonna do of course is make sure I’ve turned on advanced tools, because I’m going to need that to use picture and picture. Then I’m going to import that video that I created. I’m going to select it here and I’m going to make sure I turned off optimize video because optimizing it will remove the transparency. So I’m going to import it in and it’s pretty small so it’ll import in very quickly. And then once it’s imported in I see it up here in my event I’m going to select it and drag it on top of this video here, choose picture and picture. And I can see right away if I go right in the middle here, I can see it up here and I can see that it’s transparent over it. I’m going to want to expand it to fill it’s size so I’m going to up to the upper left and drag the corner of the bottom right. If I do it a little too far it disappears completely so I do it just before that. And now I can see it appearing on top if I go back here and I play it. I can see that text appear transparently over the video.
So wow. This really opens up a lot of possibilities if you have both iMovie and Keynote and enjoy making videos. You can use just about any transition, any text. Use can use smart builds. You can use all sorts of things like magic move and create animations in KeyNote that are transparent and use picture and picture to put them on top of video that you’ve got in iMovie. There’s a lot of cool stuff you can do, cool special effects that you can use to kind of extend iMovie’s ability using KeyNote which is a fairly inexpensive program that can produce this kind of thing.
Hope you found this useful. Till next time this is Gary with MacMost Now.