Make a movie of your presentation with Keynote

Posted Mar 30, 2017 by  /  Comments  /  Back to Blog

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Let’s say you have a Keynote presentation that you are looking to make into a video, allowing the slides to automatically change after a set number of seconds. Keynote has a small—but important—feature that allows the presentation to be exported as a QuickTime movie file (.mov). In this blog, we will be going over the instructions on how to export your video as a video.

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1 – First open the Keynote presentation.

Step 2 – Click on the File tab in the top left hand corner in the Menu bar in macOS.

Step 3 – Select the Export To tab and from the slide out menu, press QuickTime. QuickTime is a video format created by Apple which works natively across all Apple platforms. 

Step 4 – The settings menu will appear allowing you to set various settings.

  • Playback: This allows you to choose the automatic slide changing feature, which brings up the ability to change timing between the sides.
  • Go to next slide after: This is the time (in seconds) that a slide will appear before advancing to the next slide.
  • Go to next build after: This is the time (in seconds) that the video will wait until it shows the next part of the slide. For example, if there are bullet points that usually don’t appear right away and come in a sequence after pressing the next button.
  • Format: This is the quality of the video. It is recommended to choose 1080p as it is the highest quality option.

Step 5 – Once all the settings have been set accordingly, press Next. From here it will bring up a window to set the save location. 

Keynote can also be exported as various formats, such as a PowerPoint presentation, PDF document, or as images. This is done by going back to the File tab and selecting Export To, then choosing a different file format. Interested in learning how to Export Keynote and other iWork application documents into Microsoft Office formats? Check out a how to video here.

In all, we hope that this helps you if you were looking to export your Keynote presentation as a video. If you have any questions about this, or anything else Apple related, let us know in the comments below. You can also connect with us on Facebook at and on Twitter @CityMacTweets.