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Use Final Cut Pro X with Keynote to Make Videos from Slides

Watch this video to see how you can use Apple Keynote with Final Cut Pro X to make videos from your slides.

This is one example of a workflow. There are other ways to do it. I just really like this one.

I hope you find it helpful. Enjoy!

19 thoughts on “Use Final Cut Pro X with Keynote to Make Videos from Slides

  1. Hi When I saw your picture I thought I was looking at my mate who is a main stream cameraman who has worked with a all the broadcasters worldwide, The tv production unit is based in Dublin Ireland and we have won many awards including our editor.

    You are doing a great job
    Well Done
    Bernie Owen

  2. Hey, thanks Bernie!

    He must be a good looking chap. ;)

  3. I love this Izzy. Very well done. It sure beats how I have been doing this- doing a screen capture of the keynote while I narrate. I always lost some video quality. Will Keynote also export embedded video in the presentation slides?

  4. Just curious, is there a reason not to use the voice over function in Keynote? It maintains the correct timing when you convert the presentation to a Quicktime.

    Thanks

    John Johnson

    1. John, That’s definitely another option. The main reason I like the method I demonstrated is that I think it’s easier when you’re doing multiple “takes”.

      I guess it’s just easier to be more precise. I think a lot of the recorded slide videos out there are difficult to watch because people just hit record and talk. If they did multiple takes, the videos would be tighter and easier to watch.

      Just my thoughts… Thanks for the question!

  5. on a somewhat related note – I do a LOT of having to convert PowerPoint presentations to video and when working in FCP6, I nearly ALWAYS ended up removing ALL of the animations, transitions, etc., and converting the slides to JPEG, as even the Mac version of Office didn’t do a very good job of exporting the presentation to QT.

    However we STILL have a number of clients who want to have their animations, transitions, builds, etc. as part of the video. Does keynote import these types of slides from PPT well enough that the method you demonstrate here could be used now with FCPX?

    thanks!
    kl

  6. Hi Izzy. I am simply amazed at how well done your tutorials are. I am french from Quebec, and I did not find any french tutorials coming even close to yours.
    Congratulation and many thanks.

    1. That’s very kind of you to say. Thanks, Henri! :)

  7. This was extremely helpful to me – thank you!!

  8. Another super-clear and valuable tutorial… thank you!

  9. How do you make sure that it’s only one clip (one Keynote slide) that’s getting turned into a freeze frame? I try and it turns all of the slides on both sides of the clip into part of the freeze frame. I watch your tutorial and it seems that your only turning the slide where the playhead lies into a freeze frame, but when I do it the whole clip becomes a freeze frame from that point forward?

    Please hel; I’m trying to do one now but it’s not easy if the FF has other stuff on it that’s revealed as I drag the clip.

    Thanks…

    1. Hmm… That doesn’t sound correct. If you turn a slide into a freeze frame in FCPX, you can extend the newly-created freeze frame as long as you want. I’m wondering if you might be missing a step…

      1. I’m wondering, too. I’d love to be able to freeze just the frame the playhead is on and not have the next frame (slide) appear when I lengthen the new FF clip.

        1. Your statement “turn a slide into a freeze frame in FCPX” is the key. As I understand it, all I have to do is place the playhead over the slide in the timeline and press Opt-F. This produces a FF all right, but one with all the remaining slides after it on the tails side. If I’m doing something wrong, it may have to do with the Keynote setup, which is no longer the same as when you made this tutorial: the Keynote user interface has changed. And so has FCP X. I have the latest versions of both on a new iMac.

      2. Maybe this is what’s happening… Isn’t the file Keynote produces one long .MOV? If that’s the case, how could FCP Opt-F recognize that the slide you want to freeze (the one that the playhead in on) is separate from the rest of the file and only choose that slide to freeze. Doesn’t FCP X see the exported Keynote file as just one big file, and not as individual slides?

  10. How do you make sure that it’s only one clip (one Keynote slide) that’s getting turned into a freeze frame? I try and it turns all of the slides on both sides of the clip into part of the freeze frame. I watch your tutorial and it seems that your only turning the slide where the cursor

    1. Mistakenly reposted…sorry

  11. Hi Izzy
    This no longer seems to work. Powerpoint 2016 doesn’t allow “export to video” options. Any ideas how we can get a powerpoint into FCP? Convert to Keynote? Can’t seem to find anything on the web. Your (great) advice would be appreciated!

    1. The original video demonstrates how you could do it in Keynote, not Powerpoint. Unfortunately I don’t use Powerpoint so I can’t point you in the right direction. Best of luck to you though…

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