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How To Use Keynote Graphics in iMovie

September 6, 2019

So, how can you make the videos you
create in iMovie more engaging? Well in this video I’m going to show you a way
to spice up your iMovie projects using graphics from Apple Keynote. Hey it’s Mike with more tips and tools to help you create engaging educational video,
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You know, iMovie is a fairly capable, low-cost video editing application that
covers the basics. You get cuts and other transitions, you get on-screen text,
multiple tracks to work with, video effects and some fairly decent audio
tools. But iMovie is very limited when it comes to graphics, especially if you want
to overlay graphics on top of your video. Now iMovie does come with on-screen text
overlays, like titles and lower thirds but they’re very limited. Luckily there
is an effective, low-cost, easy to use solution to this problem and that
solution is Apple Keynote, the presentation software that comes bundled
along with iMovie when you purchase a new Mac. But if you’ve watched any of my
Keynote tutorials you know it’s way more than just presentation software. Apple
Keynote is a graphics and animation powerhouse. But what’s really exciting is
the fact that you can export your Keynote graphics and bring them into
your iMovie project. This opens up a whole world of possibilities when it
comes to creating your iMovie videos. I’m gonna hop into the computer right now
and show you a couple of ways to bring your Keynote graphics into your iMovie
projects. So here we are in Apple Keynote. This is version 7.3 and I have this
slide here that I want to use in my iMovie project. So the first thing I’m
going to do is export this graphic out of Keynote. To do that I’m going to go up to File and select Export To and select Images.
You get this export dialog with the Images tab selected. You can choose to
export all of the slides in your presentation or select specific slides
or a range of slides. I’m just going to select my one example slide and it’s the
first slide so I’ll input 1 of 1 in the entry fields. We’ll skip over the
Create an image for each stage of builds option and move to the Format options
under this drop down menu. Now you have a few choices here. You’ve got the default
which is a JPEG High Quality, you have JPEG Smaller File Size, PNG and TIFF. So
which one do you pick? Well, any of these will work for me but when I’m creating
video I like to preserve as much quality as possible with my files before I have
to compress and export my final video. I try to avoid compressing media files and
then having to compress them again when I export my final video. So having said
all of that I’m going to select the TIFF format. TIFF is an uncompressed format, so
it will preserve the maximum quality of my graphic. And the TIFF format can be
imported by iMovie which is obviously important. Keep in mind because the TIFF
format is uncompressed your file size will be larger than these other
compressed formats. So if file size is an issue for you then
I suggest selecting PNG. PNG is a widely accepted format that uses what’s called
“lossless” compression which is way more forgiving than JPEG compression. The PNG
format is easily imported into iMovie as well. So, I’m going to select TIFF, hit Next and I’ll find a place to save the exported
file and hit Export.
Let’s hop over to iMovie. I’ve created this demo project with this
video clip on the timeline and now I want to bring in the TIFF file I
exported out of Keynote so I’m going to bring up my Finder window and grab that
file. Here’s little gotcha that might trip you up. When Keynote exports slides
it first creates a folder with the same name as the file you exported and places
the actual file inside that folder. So, if you’re frantically looking for the file
you exported, first look for a folder with the same name. So here’s the folder
Keynote exported. I’ll double click it to open it and there’s my file. To bring my
file into iMovie I’ll simply drag and drop it into this event I created just
to keep things organized. Then I’ll select the file again and drag and drop
it onto my timeline. And there’s our graphic from Keynote. It looks pretty
good and it acts just like any other media clip, so you can drag it along the
timeline, you can drag its ends to stretch it out, you could split this
video clip down here and drag and drop the graphic clip in between the two
clips, all kinds of stuff. Now let’s say we want to overlay a graphic on top of
our video here in iMovie. Well let’s hop back into Keynote and I’ll show you what
I’m talking about. I’m going to select my second slide here
in Keynote. So, I have this Earth graphic and I want to overlay this graphic on
top of my video in iMovie as an over-the-shoulder graphic like you see
on news shows. Well, to do that we need to do two things.
The first thing we need to do is make the background of this slide transparent
because we want our video in iMovie to show through this empty area. To make the
background of this slide transparent we need to remove it.
So, making sure we’re in Format mode at the top of the interface here I’m going
to make sure nothing on the slide is selected by clicking off of it that
brings up the Slide Layout panel and down below here you’ll see the
Background settings for the slide. This particular slide’s background is a Color
Fill of black. To remove this background I’m going to click on the Color Fill
drop-down and select No Fill. The background of this slide is now empty.
Now, even though the background still looks black on the slide I know the
background is empty because of this red slash symbol over here, so make sure you
see that. Now that we’ve removed the background we go on to step two and that
is to export our slide. So, again we’ll go up to File and select Export To and
select Images. Now we only want to export our second slide so I’ll enter 2 of 2 in the entry fields. Now, the format we select is important
because only certain file formats support transparency. Remember, we want
this area of our graphic to be transparent, so the underlying video can
show through. There are only two formats in this list that can contain
transparency information or what’s known as an Alpha Channel and those formats
are PNG and TIFF. If you select JPEG and export to iMovie
your graphic will appear with a white opaque background, there will be no
transparency. So, to retain that transparency information as well as
maximum quality I’m going to again select TIFF. Again if file size is an issue for you select PNG, it works perfectly fine. So,
I’ll select TIFF, hit Next and I’ll find a place to save the exported file and
hit Export. Back over in iMovie I’ll bring up my Finder window and grab the
file I just exported from Keynote. And I’ll do that by again double-clicking on
the folder with the file name. I’ll select the file and drag and drop it into the event where I’m collecting the media for this project. Then I’ll drag
and drop my imported graphic into my timeline, and there you can see iMovie
reads the transparency information contained in our TIFF file and removes
the background of our graphic to let the underlying video show through. This
technique really opens up a lot of possibilities for including graphics in
your iMovie projects. Here’s a bonus tip for working with graphics in iMovie.
Let’s say we aren’t happy with the placement of this earth graphic in the
frame, you know, we want to adjust it. Well, you could go back into Keynote and
adjust it there and then re-export it and bring it back into iMovie.
Or, you can adjust it right here in iMovie. To do that you select the
graphics clip on the timeline. And then notice up here, above the playback window,
we have this toolbar. The icon we’re interested in is this one here, Video
Overlay Settings. Click that and we get all these additional settings. Here’s the
one we want. This setting tells us that our graphic
clip is in Cutaway mode, meaning, it’s just like any other video clip that sits
on top of the main timeline. It’s a cutaway, we can move it back and
forth along the timeline, but we can’t adjust its position inside the window,
here, as you can see. But if we click the Cutaway button we get a drop-down with
other modes to choose from what we want is Picture In Picture. You
notice what happened our graphic. It shrunk. Well, don’t be alarmed, we can scale it
back up by clicking and dragging these blue corner handles. And if we hover our
cursor over top of the graphic, we get this four-arrow icon on our cursor which
means we can click and drag our graphic around the frame to place it where we
want to. And if you’re not happy with your
adjustments and you want to reset the graphic, you can simply go back up to the
mode drop-down and select Cutaway again, and your graphic returns to its original
size and orientation when you brought it into iMovie. A handy little technique for
working with graphics in iMovie. So, as you can see using graphics from Keynote
inside of your iMovie project is pretty simple to do. The key is to remember to
select the correct format when you’re exporting your graphics out of Keynote.
Now I tell you, the combination of Keynote and iMovie provides a remarkably
flexible and low-cost workflow for creating high quality video. Which brings
us to the end of this video. I hope you found value in it. And if you want to
continue to learn simple, cost-effective ways to create video that engages
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  • Reply Kristal Rivera May 10, 2019 at 6:10 am

    I can wake up ice is pretty

  • Reply Kristal Rivera May 10, 2019 at 6:10 am

    Watching video

  • Reply Conor Kelly May 17, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    Excellent – thank you

  • Reply Daksh Jauhari May 21, 2019 at 6:30 am

    This is awesome! It help me a lot thanks!!! 🙂

  • Reply loonarmy May 21, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    everything worked fine but i cant just add a picture (that has no background) without one of these effects? it kinda blends and i dont know why theres no option w/o that. does someone know?

  • Reply Matthew Jardine May 22, 2019 at 10:48 am

    This video is excellent. I am new to the channel and cannot wait to go back through your videos to find what I can learn. Keep it up. Your channel is definitely underrated.

  • Reply Lianda Ludwig May 22, 2019 at 11:44 pm

    can you reduce the size of the video to put yourself in a small corner and have the graphics in the background alongside the video?

  • Reply Tight Ship Mama May 23, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    Thank you! I am so grateful to those trying to teach the rest of us how to improve. Going to try this today.

  • Reply Wordpress Medics May 25, 2019 at 11:59 am

    Thank you!!! Learning a lot from your tutorials!!!

  • Reply Road to the Farm May 26, 2019 at 3:50 am

    So useful! Thank you so much!

  • Reply Ruben Boykin Jr. May 31, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    Thank you for this video !

  • Reply Swaminathan Rajendiran June 2, 2019 at 2:30 pm

    Suuperrrr… simple …thanks …. What mic are u using …?

  • Reply Frans Baum June 6, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    Great ! thank you

  • Reply Vivien Tam June 17, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    Why does this not work for me? I did everything exactly the same…

  • Reply Professional Reimbursement Network June 18, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    Very informative. Learned something I didn't know about selecting the appropriate file when exporting. Thanks for sharing!!

  • Reply T Yik June 21, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    You are the Master of Mac. This is the best video I could find so far by using Keynote in iMovie. thank you very much.

  • Reply Diabetic Savvy with Davis Knight July 8, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    Awesome video!!!! Thanks for all you do!

  • Reply Jude Mildort July 12, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    Good job

  • Reply Goat Locker _ Hike, Bike & Dive July 20, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    Mike, ur one of the best presenters on YouTube~

  • Reply StGeorge108 August 9, 2019 at 11:58 am

    Excellent and clear solution to using iMovie with Keynote. Many thanks.

  • Reply Morro August 13, 2019 at 3:04 am

    I actually got a Master Class ad for this

  • Reply Pragathi Achar August 15, 2019 at 9:18 am

    Underrated video.

  • Reply Yalla English August 16, 2019 at 6:01 am

    Wow that was amazing thank you 🙏🏻

  • Reply Yalla English August 16, 2019 at 6:06 am

    I just have a question, I have been using keynote for so long to create teaching videos but here is the thing: when I do voiceover for each slide separately, a pause always shows up which annoys me I want to get rid of it so it sounds very much natural voice with no pauses in between when slides turn. Any solution might help!

  • Reply Cuộc sống Thuỵ Điển /Sweden Vietnam August 17, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    It’s really helpful information, nice video and made me feel like I’m in a class.

  • Reply Smiley Monday August 18, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    Hey Michael, you are soo cool! Thank you very much for this important info! Thanks again!

  • Reply OPINIONATED PHIRI August 27, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    Zambian here, I love your clarity, i subbed when you had like 6k subs and hadn’t uploaded in 6monthe 😂🤣 I just love your videos even to be honest

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  • Reply Carine Vinculado September 5, 2019 at 12:46 am

    thank you for this video,it helps me a lot…

  • Reply Rosa September 6, 2019 at 3:33 am

    very helpful ! thank you!

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