Apple iMovie 10.0.6 - Narration Workaround for Keynote Presentations

This tutorial will take you through the steps for using iMovie to record a voiceover narration for your Keynote presentation.

Step 1. Open your Keynote presentation. If you have not yet saved your presentation or if you have made any recent changes, please begin by saving. You can do this by clicking File from the top menu bar, and selecting “Save” from the dropdown menu.

Step 2. You will need to export the slides as images. To do this, go to File> Export> Images. 

Step 3. A popup window will appear. Make sure the circle next to “All” slides is checked, and make sure the Format is set to “PNG (high quality).” Click the “Next” button to continue. 

Step 4. A new window will appear. Enter your file name in the “Save as” field and then click “Export” in the bottom right.

Step 5. Your slides will appear as separate .PNG files on your Desktop. You can now close out of Keynote.

Step 6. Open iMovie. You can locate iMovie in your Applications folder within Finder. Once iMovie is open, click “File“ from the top menu bar and select “New movie.”

Step 7. Select “No Theme” and click “Create.”

Step 8. Name your project and then click “Ok.”

Step 9. Select your Keynote slides from the Desktop. You can select all of the slides at once by holding down the shift key and clicking on each of the .PNG files. Once selected, you can drag them and drop them into the Project panel in iMovie.

Step 10. By default, your images will appear with a stylistic effect called the Ken Burns effect. To remove this effect, make sure that your images are selected (highlighted in yellow) and click on the Crop icon. This will give you three Style options: Fit, Crop to Fill, and Ken Burns. Click the “Fit” option to remove the Ken Burns effect.

Step 11. Now that we have removed the Ken Burns effect, we can adjust the duration of each slide. Click on the inspector icon and you will see the Duration appear. By default, the Duration for each slide is 4 seconds. Enter a different number of seconds to adjust the Duration. You can change the Duration for all slides at once by selecting all images beforehand, or you can adjust each slide manually by clicking and adjusting them one at a time.

Step 12. Now that you have the correct Style and Duration, you can record your voiceover. To do this, click Window from the top menu bar, and select “Record Voiceover” from the dropdown menu.

Step 13. Click the microphone icon to begin recording.

Step 14. A three second countdown will begin and then the recording will start. You can see the progress of your recording as a green bar below your slides. When are are finished with your voiceover, click the microphone icon again to stop the recording.

Step 15. Your recording will display as a green bar below your slides. You can review your recording to make sure that it sounds correct. If you do not want to use the recording, you can delete the green bar and record your voiceover again.

Step 16. If you are happy with your recording, you can export your finished video. To export, click the Share icon in the top right and click the File option.

Step 17. In the pop-up window, select “Medium” quality and click the “Next” button.

Step 18. On the next pop-up, enter the name your project and click the “Save” button.

Step 19. A circle will appear in the top right corner of iMovie to show the progress of the export. The circle will slowly fill up to show your progress, and you can mouse over the circle to see the estimated time remaining. When your file is finished exporting, it will appear on your desktop as a .mp4 file.

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