Keynote: How To Record & Export High-Quality Videos

Keynote: How To Record & Export High-Quality Videos

Are you on a Mac? Are you looking for a straightforward, inexpensive way to create learning videos for your online course or flipped classroom? Then say hello to Apple Keynote. Keynote is presentation authoring software that comes bundled for free with new Mac computers. But there are a couple of features under the hood of Keynote that make it a capable video creation tool. Here we are in Keynote. This is version 7.0.5. So, this is the main editing interface of Keynote, where you would build your slides with images and text and shapes. I’ve put together a few slides, here, to use as content for our demo. So, say I want to take this amazing presentation I put together and share it with my audience or my learners as a video. Well, we can do that from right within Keynote. First, we go up to the top menu and select ‘Play.’ Now, the item we want in this menu is ‘Record Slideshow.’ We hit that, and we’re taken to Keynotes slideshow recording interface. This is where the video creation magic happens, well part of it, at least. Let me give you a quick rundown of the interface. This big window on the left shows the current slide in the presentation. The smaller window to the right shows the next slide up. It also indicates how many builds, or animations are on that particular slide. This button on the left labeled ‘Show Navigator’ If we click that it allows you to jump back and forth between the slides in your presentation on the fly if need be. We’ll go back to our first one and we’ll just close this. Now, down at the bottom you can see here this level indicator. This is the microphone level indicator. That’s right, Keynote allows you to record narration with your slideshow. Now, you’ll notice there’s no controls to set the microphone level. To adjust your microphone level you need to go to your Mac’s system preferences I’ll quickly show you how to do that. First, we’ll close out the recording interface by clicking this ‘X.’ And then we’ll go over to the ‘apple’ item on the top menu. Select that and then we’ll select ‘System Preferences.’ We’ll go over to ‘Sound’ and then to the ‘Input’ tab. This shows your microphones that are connected to your computer. So, you connect, or rather, select the microphone you’re using and you can select, or adjust, rather, the volume down here. So, let’s close out of the ‘System Preferences’ and head back to our recording interface on Keynote by hitting ‘Play’ and ‘Record Slideshow’ again. Now, down here, beside the ‘Microphone Level Indicator’ we have some controls. We have a ‘Rewind’ button, a ‘Play’ button and the ‘Record Button’ the big red button. You hit the record button to start recording your slideshow. Let me show you real quick. I’ll just record a little bit of my demo presentation. So, I’ll hit this ‘Record’ button. I’ll get this big countdown, and then I will just advance through my slides using the ‘Forward Arrow’ key on my keyboard, and I’ll narrate as I go. Do you want to take your photography to the next level? Then you need to learn from the pros. And in this video I’m going to share with you five tips from photography pros. Let’s get started. Pro tip number one, ‘Think ahead.’ Think about what kind of photo you want to create and how you’re going to create it. Great images are rarely created on the fly. Some kind of planning goes into them. Our next pro tip, tip number two, ‘Get down.’ And I don’t mean dancing. Shoot at the eye level of your subject to bring us into their world, be it children, or your pets, to really give us a sense of their perspective. Makes for a much more engaging image. Okay, I’m gonna stop the presentation here, and I’ll do that by hitting ‘Record’ again. Keynote has recorded and saved my slideshow recording, including my narration, internally within the Keynote project file, and the recording is represented by this blue timeline down here. You can play back your slideshow by hitting the ‘Rewind’ button then hitting the ‘Play’ button. Let’s do that. Let’s just play this back, rewind and play. “And I will just advance through my slides using the forward arrow key on my keyboard and I’ll narrate as I go. Do you want to take your photography to the next level? Then you need to learn from the pros. And in this video, I’m going to share with you five tips from photography pros. Let’s get started.” Okay, I’ll just pause that. We can see that we do in fact have a recording, here, on the timeline. Now, you can scrub through the timeline of your recorded slideshow using this playhead, here. And this will scrub through and advance, so you get a sense of what you’ve recorded. If you’d like to review your recorded slideshow fullscreen what you need to do is you close out of the recording interface by hitting the ‘X’ here. Then we’re going to go back up to the top menu to the ‘Play’ item. Click that and select ‘Play Recorded Slideshow.’ So, let’s hit that and see what happens. “…and I will just advance through my slides using the forward arrow key on my keyboard and I’ll narrate as I go. Do you want to take your photography to the next level? Then you need to learn from the pros. And in this video I’m going to share with you five tips from photography pros. Let’s get started.” Okay, I’m just going to hit the ‘Escape’ key to get out of that. So, that was our recorded slideshow with the narration. Now, the other option on the ‘Play’ menu, we’ll just go back up here and see, is ‘Clear Recording.’ Now, you click this if you want to trash your recording and start over. Wait a second Mike, what if i get near the end of recording a really long slide show and I make a mistake and I want to fix it. Does that mean I have to re-record the entire slideshow from the beginning? Well, thankfully no. Keynote gives you the ability to go back to a spot in your recorded slideshow and re-record. Let’s hop back into the ‘Recording’ interface and I’ll show you what I mean. Let’s go back to the ‘Recording’ interface by selecting ‘Record Slideshow.’ Now, to re-record a section of your presentation you would grab the playhead and move it back and, say, okay, maybe I wanted to change how I presented this slide coming in. Now, you’ll notice these little tick marks on the timeline. These little light tick marks indicate the transition between the individual slides. So, once you find the point where you want to start re-recording, what you would do is you would hit, let’s say we’ll go in here, right before, here. Hit ‘Record.’ Now, you’ll get this big warning: ‘Are you sure you want to re-record from the current location? The recording from here to the end will be replaced.’ So, everything from this point in the timeline, on, will be erased and recorded over, just so you know. So, if you choose ‘Record’ you’ll get a countdown and Keynote will start recording over your old stuff with the new stuff. We’ll cancel out of that. It’d be nice if you could set an out point on the timeline for your re-record, instead of having to blow away the rest of your recording just to fix a specific spot. Well, maybe in the next version. However, what you can do is drag the playhead to the end of your timeline and record on from there, adding to your recording. So, if you need to create a long presentation you don’t have to record the entire thing all in one take, or one session. You can stop, save your file, and continue recording from where you left off, later. But this awesome recording you just created isn’t much use if you can’t share it with your audience or your learner’s, right? We need to take this recording and turn it into a video file. To export your slideshow recording as a video we need to close out of the recording interface by hitting the ‘X’ up here. Then you’ll head over to ‘File, Export To Quicktime’ and you’ll get this export panel. And you’ll want to make sure in this ‘Playback’ area that ‘Slideshow Recording’ is selected, so that we export the recording that you created. Now, you’ll also notice that we have some settings to take care of. In the format area, here, you have a choice of exporting your slideshow as a ‘720p’ resolution high-definition video file, or you can also select a ‘1080p’ resolution HD video file, or you can pick a custom set of settings, depending on what your final destination is. We’re going to go back and select ‘720p’ because that’ll work for our purposes. After you select your export settings, you select ‘Next’ and then you’ll set a location on your machine to export your video file. In this case I think I’ll just put it to the desktop. Then hit ‘Export’ and your movie file is created. I love keynote, but it’s not going to replace dedicated video-editing or animation software. However, if you’re looking for a quick, barebones way to create lecture-style videos on a Mac, then Keynote may be all that you need. If you want to create high-quality learning videos with maximum flexibility then you’re going to need a few more tools in your toolbox, in addition to Keynote. Now, if you want to know the tools that I suggest then download my Video Learning Toolkit Resource List. You can grab that right now by hitting the link on the screen, or the link in the description, below. Thanks for watching. And I’ll see you next time.

Daniel Ostrander

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96 thoughts on “Keynote: How To Record & Export High-Quality Videos

  1. Clarence Johnson says:

    Why isn't Apple marketing this features? I had no idea that Keynote was capable of this outputting. I appreciate the heads-up. Thanks.

  2. Sarah-Jane Farrell says:

    Thank you so much for these amazing video tutorials, for an easily overwhelmed non tech they have been such a contribution. Look forward to learning more

  3. Ebn Tanta says:

    Have a look at Adobe Presenter 11. So easy to use. Happy to subscribe.

  4. k s balaji says:

    Thank you for an excellent tutorial. I love that you point out every step along the way. Please keep them coming.

  5. Yetunde Taiwo-Shorters says:

    This was great. Thank you for being clear and precise this was great. I have shared it with my network!

  6. Monkey King says:

    Great! Appreciate this. Learned so much in he first 2 minutes.

  7. LeStatisticien says:

    Great presentation style and articulation, with nice pauses to allow your viewer to reflect and do convenient trials of specific steps on another screen. I watch a lot of educational videos, and yours is among the tiny subset where careful planning for effective use is evident. Congratulations! (Yes, I've subscribed.)

  8. Eirenmist says:

    Thank you so much for providing all this information to amateurs like myself. As an educator, let me say that your teaching style is wonderful.

  9. Mac Guy3135 says:

    I use keynote every single day and this taught me something. well done, great tutorial, most tutorials I end up correcting the teacher and leaving however this one was both informative and entertaining. Much appreciated.

  10. Cesare Borgia says:

    Great video! Thank you so much! It's very helpful! Just subscribed to your channel for upcoming videos!

  11. chinachaoschen says:

    Great tutorial and very helpful! One more thing I would like to know is how to add the presenter's figure as a small windows in to the Keynote video, as shown in the video. This is not explained in the video. I appreciate if you can show this skill in an additional lecture. THX!

  12. Hugh A N says:

    Your videos are exceptional. Clear and well thought out. Thank you!

  13. Claire Fagan says:

    You have a great teaching style, very clear and your speed is perfect.  Thank you.

  14. Pedram Mahdavi says:

    hi , um a math teacher , I wanna make the shapes and write the problems and start from slide to slide and write the answers using digital pen , can sb help me please ?

  15. Heavenly Visions Media Productions says:

    I am using it now through safari but why can't I get the app?

  16. SS Medika says:

    Very helpful tutorial.

  17. Sonya & Paul Larisey says:

    Thanks for the first REALLY CLEAR "Narration" info on how to, and the limitations of correcting. This SIMPLE information is very difficult to find using websearch, or apple support forum, OR … ridiculously, the HELP menu and resulting instructions in Keynote. I guess apple is still stuck on the "pretense" that "It just works." Never was true about so many aspects of the basically wonderful Apple system, free software, forever updates, interactivity, and security. The one thing Steve personally screwed up. Still love Apple. Great job Michael, and great narration voice you have. Looking forward to your emails.

  18. Adriana Mathilda Kok says:

    thanks, sometimes I get completely lost in the tech talk but love your style. Very clear!

  19. Maxence Kaczmarek says:

    Thank you for this amazing video. Exactly what I needed!

  20. Hannah Hondebrink says:

    This was perfect for me, thank you Michael! I've used PowerPoint for business presentations for years but recently moved over to Keynote. Now I have to quickly pull together my first ever video… your tutorial has given me the confidence to get started. Much appreciated!

  21. Jack Raves says:

    thnx for this excellent teaching!

  22. Mark Kulek says:

    Hi there Michael! I'm stressing out because I'm a YouTuber who makes videos with Keynote 5.3, but the other day I upgraded to High Sierra and my version (5.3) won't work. In Keynote 5.3 there were custom settings that allowed me to upload great videos to YouTube with transitions and my voice all in Keynote. What I saw on my computer I was able to export it to Quicktime with the same quality. Now in Keynote 7.3, I can't find those custom settings. Where did they go? Please help me! By the way, I subscribed.

  23. IndieDaveComix says:

    Okay…so my head's all abuzz here…can I make a word graphic video on a green background, import it to iMovie and use the green screen function to put animated texts and magic move effects into my video?

  24. Victory in Him says:

    I greatly appreciate your training! You talk clearly, go at a good learning pace and use good visuals. Keep up the great work! Refreshing to hear someone on You Tube who doesn't try to be a comedian… instead, teaches good information!

  25. Kathleen McCartney says:

    This was a super-helpful video–saved my project!

  26. Mike Vladimer says:

    great work! thanks so much for this helpful tutorial

  27. Gabriella Krousaniotakis says:

    Michael you're a Prince…you rock!

  28. Larry Siegle says:

    Is it possible to insert a small window with the presenter inside keynote the way you did this training video?

  29. Funk Heist says:

    Yes, I've subscribed! This was great Michael!

  30. mhyoung357 says:

    Excellent video!

  31. Spirit Anchor says:

    Hi all – do you know if I can save my KeyNote presentation to either a: AVI, MP4, MPG or WMV file? I have my presentation all edited, but need to save as one of these files for my web people to upload?

  32. Ayush Arora says:

    Awesome video

  33. Firdaus Hanapiah says:

    Great instructions! Thank you so much. You have help me lots!


    Thank you!

  35. Northern Michigan Wedding Officiants says:

    This was very helpful, Michael. My challenge with Keynote has been when I go to rerecord, often the program shuts down. Sometimes when I reopen the program the audio has been saved, other times it hasn't. It's very frustrating but at this point I'm ot going to invest in a better program. Are you going to be making any more videos?

  36. Sue Barham says:

    Thanks! This worked well, but the URLs that are live in my keynote, do not link in the movie. The icon changes when I hover, as if recognizing it should open a browser window and go to the URL, but it's dead. Can you help? Thanks!

  37. Brian Pex says:

    Very nice to see clean and quick to-the-point instruction. I have made a few videos with photography and post production in mind and the ones with thousands of views are always the direct and to the point type! No one likes BS!! NICE JOB!

  38. Fusion Cooking says:

    You gave a overall understanding of the tool including any anticipated-on-the-go situations! Very impressive! Thank you very much!👍👌(Yes, I too've subscribed.)

  39. Luciano Schirmer says:

    Awesome presentation, amazing narration. Surprisingly I reached to it exactly one year after it was published 😀

  40. Evolution Daily says:

    Thanks for the video Michael

  41. Sean McAfee says:

    Great video. Thank you. Instead of Camistas, can't I use iMovie? I am purchasing the mic but would like to save the $ if I can use iMovie in the same way.

  42. 1000horrible says:

    Hey Bud, nice informative video beginners, Loved the little special effects that you have built in.

  43. Monica G. says:

    Simple, straight to the point! Thanks!!

  44. hambone1 says:

    More key note please. Love your enunciation, it makes it so your video can be sped up and still understood very well!

  45. Smart Drive Test says:

    Hi Michael – great presentation. I'm learning Keynote for online courses I'm creating. Thank for the great overview of making videos with Keynote. This addition is going to work great with FCPX. All the best, Cheers Rick

  46. Romara Delmonte says:

    Hi,Could you please let me know wow to Add A Clickable Link to Your my keynote Video?

  47. Harmonyharp, Inc. says:

    Excellent presentation. Very clear and helpful. Thank you.

  48. Adventures Daily says:

    Weren’t you the coach on degrassi???

  49. Dr. Kevin Moore says:

    Thank you! fantastic stuff. I do have a question. Is there a way to have the cursor show on the slides as I narrate over them? Thanks again!

  50. I.A says:

    Hi Michael, Thank you so much for this video it was extremely helpful. I have a question about editing white noises from the audio, how can I do that after recording and saving the video ?

  51. vegasrenie says:

    Enjoy your straightforward, no-nonsense style. New subscriber. I have been a Mac user for many years, and you are like a breath of fresh air, showing the features that I have missed over the years. Not only do I enjoy your teaching style, I also appreciate the fact that you are saving me money by not having to purchase additional software for what are pretty simple YouTube videos. I am not a movie maker! Thanks again.

  52. Krista Goon says:

    Thank you for a clear, concise how-to for creating video using Keynote. Appreciate it plus your voice is calming and soothing! It makes for good teaching and I understood it perfectly.

  53. Mr Combi Training says:

    Excellant video, talks slowly and clearly, thanks you will see more.

  54. Teacher Alison says:

    Hi Michael, great channel – just what I need. Do you know how to make an object rotate in either keynote for export into iMovie or other please?

  55. Second Advent Messenger Ministries - Anthony Burns says:

    Great Video.

    Hello Mr. Kinney. Is there a video that would allow me to record a video of me speaking in conjunction with the keynote slideshow

  56. Lianda Ludwig says:

    What a great presentation! This was so helpful! And you are a pleasure to watch and listen to! You should be in front of the camera- not just behind!

  57. Soleil DeParis says:

    ScreenFlow is the best recording software for mac.

  58. Roge hernandez says:

    great great video, tons of quality, thank you

  59. Soros W says:

    Thank you so much, this is extremely helpful!

  60. Javier Grant says:

    Again, great presentation! Thank you! 👍

  61. Marsorry Ickua says:

    I did not know that! Impressive…

  62. AutoBizBrokers says:

    Outstanding Presentation Skills Michael!!

  63. C.S Sudershan says:

    Lucid explanation. Very good Sir….

  64. Dr. Alfonse Javed says:

    Great presentation. How did you actually recorded this video? I mean you being in it (interacting with us), while running the lecture/presentation. Also, how did you zoom to a specific portion of the screen. Your response will be highly appreciated.

  65. Tyler Whalen says:

    I have recorded a video with quicktime using a Logitech 1080p external camera. I inserted it as slide 1 into keynote. For the life of my I could not get it to transition to the second slide, which was a custom white image I made with text and social links, any tips or help? I tried everything I could google and brainstorm.

  66. Mr. Nope says:

    I have a question when I try to upload a key note video on YouTube it says “it not valid” how do I fix that problem?

  67. Steph says:

    Thank you a million times over. I'm actually a photographer trying to figure out how to export my Keynote into video format for an online course. This is totally new to me and I found myself just feeling totally overwhelmed until I found your video. You literally just made my life so much easier and saved me so much headache. It's so rare to find YouTube videos that are so precise and exactly what you're looking for. Excellent clarity and very intelligently presented. New subscriber.

  68. Gabriel Hector Suárez says:


  69. Marcelle Mazzocato says:

    I had found the record option but I was afraid to make a mistake while trying to figure out how to use it. Then I came to YT to look for a tutorial and found yours. So easy to follow and very well detailed. Thanks so much for putting up this content and sharing it with us!

  70. Pipilika ASMR says:

    Perfect. You saved me a lot of time and effort re-recording with your export to QuickTime explanation. Thank you.

  71. Kim Jørgensen says:

    Wow it was an amazing presentation;) I am proud of your behalf, 
    the whole video was so timely and nice and convincing as you wish to subscribe. 
    I've got good ideas and will try two get in out there … thanks again and continue the good work. ;))))

  72. Just a sec says:

    Brilliant, Michael. I am thinking of creating an online course but i have been advised that it is best to do that with screenflow and keynote as it has many advantages (that I cant articulate!) Do you agree? Thanks!

  73. Page says:

    Your videos are fantastic. I am now subscriber and look forward to more of your content!

  74. Rubens Lara says:

    Awesome video, thank you for sharing great tutorial videos. And thank you again for your clear English 😀

  75. J F says:

    Great video can you please tell us how you select the slides for what you’re about to say do you write a script first , or do you select the pictures first.

  76. garuda somanna says:

    Awesome video, walking with your audience step by careful step to see that the learner is taught:). Am new to Keynote and have been blessed to come across this tutorial. Great job. Be blessed.

  77. Adrienne Engel says:

    My goodness. You are such a good presenter and producer!

  78. Ian Strathcarron says:

    Thanks for a very well made video

  79. Michael Schultz says:

    This is one of the best tutorial presentations I have experienced on YouTube. Thanks for being so clear and precise and pacing the instructions in a way that even a dummy like me can absorb.

  80. Steve Hilliar says:

    You are the VERY best American presenter I have seen on You Tube. No Hype, no BS and just a very professional job.

  81. James Shaver says:

    I made my movie and slide 12 comes up as the presenting slide until you hit play. When you hit play, slide one comes up as it should, but I need slide one to be the one people see first. Also, the video is slowed down so much the audio is a little off. Any way to speed it up to the speed I recorded it in?

  82. Lara McIntyre says:

    Thank you so much! Very simple to follow and very articulate. Still super relevant in 2019.

  83. Matthew Jardine says:

    Who could possibly be disliking these videos? Freakin' bots. Another excellent video Michael.

  84. Lianda Ludwig says:

    Is there a way to import a movie into Keynote, and just reduce that to a corner of the presentation and have photos or text playing alongside the video?

  85. Z says:

    I needed to record video from keynotes and found this video helpful. Thank you so much!

  86. Lianda Ludwig says:

    Is it possible to do a separate audio recording while recording the slide show in Keynote? Is there a way to record the slideshow with manually advancing the slides as you're doing that separate recording? That way if it's imported into Screenflow, then you can edit the audio separately. I guess if I'm on Screenflow and recording over the keynote presentation, I can also video myself doing the presentation. This is so confusing!

  87. ale ale ssandro says:

    when i export to movie from keynote the colours become dull.

    happens even if i screen record

    any help would be appreciated

    EDIT: i seem to have solved it by changing display profile in my macbook settings

  88. Alejandra Salas says:


  89. Lianda Ludwig says:

    How can I export this to ScreenFlow? If I can get it there, can't I separate the audio from the video in ScreenFlow and edit the audio there without having to trash from the mistake to the end?

  90. Meya’s Coins says:

    Mike I an so glad I found your channel. I am learning so much from you thank you so much for what you do.

  91. Lisa Stockdale says:

    Very helpful! Thanks so much!

  92. Steve D says:


  93. Shey Harms says:

    I just found your channel tonight as I'm trying to create my first online course. I'm learning a lot about Keynote and Screenflow thanks to your videos. Your videos are really good and your speaking style is so clear and easy to understand! I guess you've done this a time or two 🙂 Thanks for creating this content!

  94. Bradley Ortega says:

    Why does one line of text only come in the first slide and then the other …. how do you do that

  95. Smiley Monday says:


  96. James Crandall says:

    This is great! I already have time invested in several Keynote presentations (with animations) and wasn’t looking forward to editing them to match a voiceover track. Thanks so much!

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