Using Keynote to Make Video Slideshows

Keynote has everything needed to make excellent video slideshows for instructional and entertainment purposes.
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  • Lectures 15
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 12/2015 English

Course Description

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.

What are the requirements?

  • Basic knowledge of how to use Mac OS X.
  • A general familiarity with Keynote.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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.

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.

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

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Certificate of completion.



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

10 questions

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

Section 1: Creating Keynote Slide Content

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.

2 pages

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


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.

Section 2: Recording and Sharing Your Keynote Slideshow

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

10 questions

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

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Instructor Biography

Dr. Philip St. Romain, 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.

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