MacMost Now 399: Creating Videos With Keynote

You can use iWork Keynote to make video presentations for many uses. You can simply narrate a slideshow, or present a series of points to form an idea. It is a great way to create video without having to appear on camera.

Video Transcript
Hi, this is Gary with MacMostNow. On today's episode, let's use Keynote to create videos. So, there are a lot of great ways to create videos on your Mac. Add Keynote to that list. Keynote is iWorks presentation software. So, it doesn't actually do anything with a camera, but what it does, it allows you to create presentations and then record your voice giving those presentations and save those as videos. So, it's a great way to get a point across. It could be used, say, in a school project for presenting something. It could be used in business. It could be used actually just to present your vacation photos or maybe some ideas you have and upload them to YouTube as a video.
So, here's a sample presentation I created. It shows four slides and it shows sample text on it. I've got some bullet points on the second slide and they're going to build one by one. I've got a picture here in the third slide and I got a nice transition between the second and third slides, and then a closing slide.
So, just as an example, here's a quick one that I can record my narration over. Now, to do that, what you need to do is go to "play" and choose "record slide show." When you do that, your microphone will then be used to record your voice and also record the timings of how you do things, so, when you go from one slide to another or bring up different bullet points.
So, let's give it a try. I'm going to go to "play," "record slide show." "Hi, this is my presentation." On this first slide I've got some bullet points. Here's the first one and the second one and the third one, a cool transition to this picture. And I'm going to click the mouse now to go to the end. That's it.
Now, if you didn't like what you recorded, you could "clear recording" under the "play" menu. You could also "play slide show," and actually play it back with your recorded voice. Now, if you want to export this as a video, just go to "file," "export" and then you have a bunch of options. You want to choose Quicktime, of course, to export video. You want to use the "recorded timing" and you want to choose a format. So, let's just do the "full quality" format here. You want to include the audio and include your slide show recording what you just voiced over. And then go to the next screen and it'll give a "file saved" dialog and you export it, and it will export it as Quicktime video.
Now, I've got this sample file here which is a Quicktime video. I can open it up in the Quicktime player right here. And let me play it for you. "Hi, this is my presentation. On this first slide, I've got some bullet points. Here's the first one and the second one and the third one, a cool transition to this picture. And I'm going to click the mouse now to go to the end. That's it."
So, the video is ready to be uploaded to YouTube or MobileMe or wherever you want it to be. You can also export in different formats. You noticed there in the "export" dialog you could even go down to "custom" and then set the exact format of the video. So, this is a great way to make a video without ever having to appear on camera. You can simply have a bunch of photos and narrate a slide show or you can have a series of points to get across an idea and you can use it for, say, education or you can use it for sales. I've seen people do all sorts of things even kind of explain things, do tutorials.
So, there's really no limit to what you can do just simply using Keynote to create video and not even having to go to a dedicated video program like iMovie. I hope you found this useful. Til next time, this is Gary Rosenzweig
with MacMostNow.

Comments: 30 Responses to “MacMost Now 399: Creating Videos With Keynote”

    Kika Wai'Alae
    5/17/10 @ 11:01 am

    Just watched your keynote video. That is one way to create videos however I tried to create a how to play the ukulele video and it couldn’t sync to the video file of my playing the ukulele. The fps did not match up between video and keynote so it was a nightmare. I like using keynote for the animated graphics that I can create. Any suggestions?


      5/17/10 @ 11:04 am

      I wouldn’t try to use Keynote if camera video is involved. I would use Keynote to make the graphics, and then put it together with your camera video in iMovie.

    Kika Wai'Alae
    5/17/10 @ 6:12 pm

    I understand but syncing is still a problem. Keynote is 27 fps whereas video is 30 fps. I need to animate chord structure to the timing of the song. I tend to use logic for the music.

      5/17/10 @ 6:33 pm

      I guess I’m not understanding what you are trying to do. Are you trying to overlay music onto a video? If you do that in iMovie, then FPS doesn’t matter as iMovie treats time as time.

        Kika Wai'Alae
        5/17/10 @ 9:51 pm

        I am creating in keynote a ukulele keyboard with the chord structure. As the music in the background changes chords dots on the keyboard lights up showing how the chord is held. All this animations works fine but is not in sync to the music chord changes. This is due to 27 fps vs 30 fps using different mediums. Video, and the music programs are running at 30 fps but keynote uses 27 fps. I need to create keynote animations on software that uses 30 fps. Is there an application that can do this?

          5/17/10 @ 9:57 pm

          Ah, I see. You are trying to do animation using a presentation tool. Not the right tool. You should look into using an animation tool like Flash or something similar. There are a lot of them.
          Though I don’t know why you are getting 27fps from Keynote. You should be able to export in any frame rate using custom settings. But regardless, it will be difficult to use a presentation tool for this sort of thing.
          I’m not an animator, so I can’t help much with advice here. Perhaps find someone who is an animator and ask for help.

    Kika Wai'Alae
    5/18/10 @ 1:14 am

    Ok sounds good. Thanks for responding. BTW I really like your shows. I have gotten many of my friends to subscribe in the past and current. Keep up the great work.

    Mahalo from Hawaii

    5/20/10 @ 10:06 am

    Sounds interesting. I’m going to try it with some iPhoto pictures

    Lori Ann Robinson
    5/20/10 @ 11:05 am

    Thank you for this info Gary! I am a visual learner, and learn so much from you. I am looking forward to trying this ASAP and putting on my youtube channel. Great work
    Lori Ann

    9/28/10 @ 3:54 pm

    If I create a power point presentation on my iMac with .mov files in it, will I be able to bring that presentation into Key Note? I know the slides and graphics will work but what about the videos?
    Thanks. David

      9/28/10 @ 4:13 pm

      Not sure. Never tried it. I’d try it with a sample presentation to see if it works. Worse case, though, will be that you just have to re-import the videos.

    12/12/10 @ 11:22 am

    What’s the best (free) way to export form .mov to .avi?

      12/12/10 @ 11:34 am

      Don’t you mean from avi to mov? I’m not sure why you would want to convert TO the old avi format in 2010. But MPEGStreamclip might do it.

    Jen Robinson
    4/23/11 @ 2:22 pm

    This was a great video–I’ll be using this to give a talk at a medical conference poster session…amazing. THANK YOU.

    11/26/11 @ 6:43 am

    Great video and it works like a charm… until…. :)

    The ‘but’ is that when I put a sound effect (eight second loop) in the first slide, the export is out of sync time-wise. Everything after that is one transition/click behind the vid. Driving me nuts!

    Is there a workaround that you know of?

    Cheers! Simon

      11/26/11 @ 9:22 am

      Not sure. Try experimenting. Put another sound there, or make it shorter. Maybe try to put the sound there in another way (not sure how you have it now). Or maybe remove the sound and add it later in iMovie. Just some ideas.

    1/8/12 @ 5:39 pm

    How would you create a video with a very wide aspect ratio to fit both a presentation and a video side by side? Is that possible? I like having a face for the video, but I also like having a full presentation screen…let me know :)

      1/8/12 @ 7:50 pm

      Even if you made a presentation at an unusual wide ratio you wouldn’t be able to present it on any projector or TV I know of. Stick with the aspect ration of your presentation equipment and fit your presentation to that. Otherwise it will just shrink everything to fit.

    5/5/12 @ 5:55 pm

    If I’ve given a presentation and have a recording of my audio from a mic I was wearing (e.g. Sansa clip), is there a way to bring in the audio file into the keynote presentation as a whole and setup the slide transitions?

      5/6/12 @ 7:45 am

      Sure. Look in the inspector at the Document inspector. There is an entire section for Audio. So simply add the sound file as your “soundtrack” for the presentation. Then record the presentation (not to add more sound, but to advance the slides at the right time).

    5/7/12 @ 9:58 am

    Thanks Gary. While it was painful and error prone to sit through the whole hour talk, it did work.

    8/20/12 @ 3:40 pm

    I want to record a keynote like you did here, but then change a couple slides here and there, keep the voice over on the slides I didn’t change, and rerecord it for just those couple of changed slides. Is it feasible? I know Keynote is amazingly low price, but still I don’t want to throw down the money if it’s not going to work that way. Thanks for your help!

      8/20/12 @ 9:42 pm

      I don’t think you can just replace the voice over for a few slides in the middle of a presentation.

    Kit Kat
    11/5/12 @ 10:54 am

    Hi I want to do something just like this presentation, but without having my voice recorded, i just want to be able to make the presentation a video without having the microphone on. Can you tell me how to do that?

      11/5/12 @ 11:15 am

      Just record without talking. Or, when you export I think there is an option to leave the audio out of it. Even if all that fails, you can always open it in QuickTime Player and then export it without the audio. So, lots of options. You could always also turn the microphone input volume all the way down in the System Preferences.

    Stephanie Teer
    11/6/12 @ 7:27 pm

    Hi Gary
    Love how you teach the concepts regarding Mac software!! My question is that I am trying to develop an educational video with all the features that keynote has to offer and then sell that individual video. If the users do not have keynote..will they still be able to just view it as a QuickTime file. there a way to minimize the size of the keynote QuickTime video for downloading? Have you heard of other people doing this? Thanks so much!!

      11/6/12 @ 8:05 pm

      Once you export as a QuickTime movie, you only need a video player that can playback QuickTime. You don’t need Keynote. If you are careful to create a standard video file (mp4, for instance) then almost any video player can be used. You can export the video many different ways with different levels of compression. You can also compress later. For instance, see:
      This is a huge topic. There is a lot to learn about video compression and distribution.

        Stephanie Teer
        11/7/12 @ 3:41 pm

        Thanks so much Gary…this is exactly the type of information that I needed to help with my project. Thanks again for providing such an amazing array of educational Mac materials!

    11/11/12 @ 3:01 pm

    Hi Gary,
    One more question regarding video recording of a keynote presentation. What software do you use to record all of your videos. With students, it would be nice to also have a video of me teaching the class the way you do. How do you do that?

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