Creating Video Slideshows Using Keynote

Try adding narration and a soundtrack, then export your project as a Quicktime movie. VoilĂ ! Video slideshow!

Examples of Video Slideshow Project and Its Components

Scooter Project File Organization
Scooter Script
Scooter Quicktime Audio File Organization
Scooter Image Organization
Scooter Keynote Video Slideshow
BYOD Video

Video Tutorials

  1. Finding high-quality images
  2. Using Quicktime to create audio files
  3. Creating your Keynote framework
  4. Assembling your Slideshow (images, audio files)
  5. Using GarageBand to set a Soundtrack
  6. Exporting your Project as a Quicktime Movie
  7. Exporting your Project as a HTML Site and Turning it in to Teacher Dropbox

Steps for Creating a Video Slideshow using Keynote

  1. Get organized. Create a folder for your project components. Create folders inside where you'll put your images and audio files.
  2. Create a script. Each paragraph should indicate where you want a new image/slide. This will help you when you're recording your audio.
  3. Look for high-quality images. Be sure to find a good picture for each of your slides that represent what you're talking about in that slide. Put a number on your images and indicate in your script where those images will go. Unless you have title slides, your image numbers can correspond to slide numbers. My example did not work that way since some of my slides were text title slides.
  4. Use QuickTime to create your audio slides. Read from your script, and record audio for each slide separately. After you create each audio file, number it with slide01, slide02, etc. That will make it easier to drag and drop your audio files into your project when you're ready to assemble. Drag your audio files into the audio files folder.
  5. Create the framework for your Keynote slideshow. Select black or white so that it makes a clean, simple slideshow. Set your slideshow to Fit to Screen.
  6. Use the Master tool to select blank slide. Click once on the slide in the slide sorter, then go to the file menu and select Duplicate. Duplicate that blank slide enough times to accommodate your slideshow.
  7. Add images. Use your script to know which images go on which slide.
  8. Drag and drop your audio files onto the appropriate slide. Since your audio files are named by slide, the assembly of that part should be easy. Audio files by default will play automatically as you "arrive" at the slide.
  9. Want a soundtrack? You can use any music in iTunes. I used GarageBand jingles to create a music file, then selected export podcast to iTunes from the Share menu.
  10. Click on the Document Inspector, and click on the audio tab. You'll see soundtrack. Select iTunes in the pull-down menu. You'll see your music. Drag and drop your soundtrack song into the box. Slide the volume slider down so that your narration won't be drowned out by your soundtrack. If you are concerned about your soundtrack not being long enough, you can set it to loop.