Using Keynote to Make Video Slideshows
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Using Keynote to Make Video Slideshows

Keynote has everything needed to make excellent video slideshows for instructional and entertainment purposes.
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 12 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Record your Keynote slideshow and export it as a movie.
  • Make Keynote slides with "talking head" video segments synchronized with bullet points and images.
  • Record flawless audio voiceovers for individual Keynote slides.
  • Use transitions, animations and jingles to liven up your slideshow.
  • Use animation to set play sequence for text, images, movies and jingles.
  • Use other Apple software like Quicktime Player and iMovie to create and edit movie segments.
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  • Basic knowledge of how to use Mac OS X.
  • A general familiarity with Keynote.

Apple Keynote is a presentation program that is usually bundled with Apple hardware products. It's not as popular as Powerpoint, Microsoft's presentation program, but is every bit as effective for producing clear and lively presentation slideshows. With the right use of video segments, images, text, audio files, animations and timed transitions, a Keynote presentation can become a great video recording as well, which can be exported as a movie and published on sites like Udemy and Youtube, streamed from your own web site, or burned to a DVD.

This course by veteran Keynote user, Philip St. Romain, will show you how to make presentations that can be turned into entertaining and/or educational video slideshows that you'll be proud to share with others.

Who is the target audience?
  • Students looking for ways to make good or better Keynote slide recordings will find this course helpful.
  • Course presentations will be for use of Keynote on Apple desktop computers. Tablet and phone users will have to adapt the material accordingly.
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Curriculum For This Course
15 Lectures
1 Lecture 03:21

General overview of the course, including objectives, instructor qualifications, learning process and encouragements. Time to get started!

Preview 03:21

Please take this quiz before listening to Lecture 2 -> 14.

10 questions
Creating Keynote Slide Content
8 Lectures 37:46

Making a template is a great way to begin to focus your presentation. This lecture will demo a few Keynote basics. Participants will learn how to: choose a theme; re-size a slide; edit text color, size, style and placement; insert and place an image on the slide; adjust image opacity.

Preview 05:41

PDF Document. Spells out a process for setting Presentation goals, gathering slide resources, and creating an outline for the video presentation.

Getting Organized
2 pages

Using the Template created in Lecture 2, participants will learn how to edit the title, add text to the bullet areas, adjust bullet types, add animation to bullets, and briefly explore animation options. The slide is then played to test its features.

Preview 05:30

Students will learn how to add an image to a slide from the Media browser, or from the Insert > Choose menu option. Additional skills of image re-sizing and animation options will be demonstrated. Considerations for the the optimal use of images and animations are shared, with students invited to form their own standards for doing so.

Add and Animate an Image on a Text Slide

IF you have a Mac, you have Quicktime Player, and you can use it to record "Talking Head" and other videos. Learn to record a new movie, select microphone and video settings, and save your video for use with a Keynote presentation.

Create a "Talking Head" Movie Using Quicktime Player

Insert a movie file on to a slide, adjust its size and placement, and do minor editing of the movie using Keynote.

Add a "Talking Head" or Other Kind of Movie to a Slide

Many Keynote features are on display in this presentation: a slide with a movie clip will be livened up with a text message, a jingle, and an image to cover the movie after it has finished playing. Participants will learn how to do these tasks, and how to order their animation to flow in the desired order.

Liven Up a Movie Slide With a Jingle, Text, and Image

Recording an audio file with voiceover commentary is a great way to finesse the content and tone of your presentation. Participants will learn how to dictate an audio voiceover using Quicktime Player, and how to save this file to a folder. Editing the file using Audacity will also be demonstrated.

Create an Audio Narration (Voiceover) File Using Quicktime Player
Recording and Sharing Your Keynote Slideshow
6 Lectures 40:39

Your voiceover narration for a Keynote slideshow can be accomplished in several ways. This lecture demonstrates the process for recording your narration directly in Keynote using its "Record Slideshow" option.

Record Audio Narration (Voiceover) to a Keynote Slide: part 1

A second option for recording voiceover for a slide is to pre-record and save it as an audio file, as demonstrated in Lecture 9, then to attach the audio file to the slide and record and synchronize it with the rest of your slide content. This lecture will demonstrate the process.

Record Audio Narration (Voiceover) to a Keynote Slide: part 2

Once you have your Keynote slides prepared and in a single Keynote file, you can then record the entire slideshow under Keynote's Play > Record Slideshow feature. This process will be demonstrated so that participants will know how to do it themselves.

Record Your Slideshow Using Keynote

iMovie is a great way to produce video slideshows created on Keynote. Participants will learn how to import movie and image files created on Keynote into iMovie, where they can then be pieced together as a movie sequence, with transitions and background music added for effect.

Record Your Slideshow Using iMovie

There are several ways to share your recorded slideshow directly from Keynote. The Keynote Share option will be reviewed; upload to Youtube is demonstrated. The resource handout for this lecture goes into more detail on the many possibilities for sharing your video slideshow.

Share Your Keynote Slideshow

Short farewell message, with encouragement for participants to do a course evaluation.


Please do not take this quiz unless you have been through all the lectures and reviewed the handout resources.

10 questions
About the Instructor
Dr. Philip St. Romain
4.6 Average rating
31 Reviews
548 Students
2 Courses
Spiritual director, author, teacher, Mac lover.

I am the author of 25 books on prayer and spirituality, with a background in retreat work, spiritual direction, alcohol and drug abuse counseling, and biology. Publishers of my books include Crossroads, Publ., Ave Maria Press, Liguori Publications, and Pelican Publishing Co. During the past five years, I have also ventured into publishing on demand with Lulu Press. Current employment is at Heartland Center for Spirituality in Great Bend, KS, where I present retreats, workshops, and spiritual direction.

Degrees include a M.S. in Biology from the University of Southwestern Louisiana (1974) and a Doctor of Ministry in Spiritual Direction from the Graduate Theological Foundation (1996).

I am married and the father of three grown children, with four grandchildren as well. My wife and I reside in Bel Aire, KS, which is just outside of Wichita.