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Keynote to Slidedeck Tutorial

Converting a Keynote Slidedeck into Video File

Export your Keynote Presentation as a Quicktime Vi

Before you start, create a slideshow in Keynote according to the assignment.
Save the Keynote File. Then export the slideshow as a QuickTime file or as separate images.


QuickTime: Exporting as a QuickTime file will allow you to designate the time each slide plays and you won’t have to edit the time in iMovie. (File>Export). When exporting, be sure to designate how long each slide should stay on the screen for.

Converting a Powerpoint Slidedeck into a Video File

Exporting your Presentation as Images

Create a slideshow in Powerpoint according to the assignment
Save the Powerpoint File. Then, save the slideshow as images.

Exporting as image files gives you more flexibility to edit the slides with the audio. To do so, go to File> Save as Pictures. You can then edit the length of each slide separately in iMovie.  (see instructions below)


(Note: you can save the slideshow as a movie, but it doesn’t import well into iMovie. You’ll have a harder time adding the audio to your movie)


If you’ve exported as a QuickTime/Movie file

Open iMovie and create a new Movie project. 

Import your QuickTime file


Import your media by clicking the down arrow or going to File > Import Media. Select your QuickTime file. It should show up in the Project Library (the upper left hand section of your iMovie screen).


To build your movie, select the media file and drag it into the timeline (bottom half of screen). It will already be timed according to the assignment (4 min, 20 seconds for each slide). Be sure to check the crop on the media before moving forward.


In the preview window, click on the crop button and toggle between fit and Crop to Fill depending on what you think works best. You want to make sure all of your slide show content is in the window.




If you exported as Images

Open iMovie and create a new Movie project.

iMovie Import Images






Import your media by clicking the down arrow or going to File > Import Media. Select all of the jpeg files. They will appear separately in the Project Library (upper left hand section of the iMovie screen).






iMovie adding images to timeline



To build your movie, select each photo and drag it into the timeline (bottom half of screen). You will have to edit the length of each slide as you go by selecting that slide and dragging out until it’s the length you desire. You may choose to drag in one image at a time, record the voiceover for that slide and then move on to the next. This can account for slight timing changes – ie. Perhaps one slide has a voice over of 25 seconds, one 18 seconds, and one 17 seconds.


Adding Audio

Recording Audio


If you have recorded your audio elsewhere, import the audio file from Garageband (or wherever it is saved) by again File > Import Media. You will again have to drag the audio file from the Project Library to the timeline.





iMovie aligning audio


If you plan to record the audio in iMovie, move the playhead to the beginning of the slideshow and hit record. You may want to record each slide separately and line up the audio as you do the slides.

Editing and Exporting the Slideshow in iMovie

iMovie adding markers


If you need to edit the slideshow, move the playhead to the place you want to edit and add a marker (Mark > Add Marker). Add another marker to indicate the section you want to cut. Once you have a section “marked” off, you can delete and move the remaining media to fit together.


For more detailed instructions on editing, explore the iMovie help database, we recommend this online tutorial.






iMovie exporting project



When you’re done editing, save the project and export to a video file by hitting the share button on the top right of the iMovie screen and selecting the file option. Alternatively, you can export the project by going to File > Share > File..., and then exporting with the settings you prefer.