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Keynote '09: Creating a QuickTime Movie

Creating a QuickTime Movie

You can turn your slideshow into a QuickTime movie that includes all animated transitions and object builds.

You can create an interactive movie that viewers can advance at their own pace, or you can create a self-playing movie, with transitions and builds timed just as you set them.

To create a QuickTime movie of your slideshow:
  1. Choose Share > Export and then click QuickTime.

  2. Choose an option from the Playback Uses pop-up menu:

    • Manual Advance:  
      Viewers advance through the slideshow by clicking the mouse or Play (in the QuickTime controls), or by pressing the Space bar on the keyboard.
    • Hyperlinks Only:  
      Viewers advance through the slideshow by clicking hyperlinks.
    • Recorded Timing:  
      If you recorded your slideshow (as described in Recording a Voiceover Narration), your slideshow movie plays using the timing you recorded.
    • Fixed Timing:  
      Viewers can’t control how the slideshow advances; the slideshow plays using the timing you specify in the next step.
  3. If you choose Fixed Timing, specify how long slides appear and how long it takes to complete object builds by typing values in the Slide Duration and Build Duration fields.

    • Slide Duration:  
      How long each fully built slide remains on the screen after the last object build is complete.
    • Build Duration:  
      The number of seconds between the beginning of one build stage and the next in each object build. There is no delay between the moment a slide first appears on the screen and the first stage of an object build.
  4. If you choose Fixed Timing, you can choose an option from the Repeat pop-up menu:

    • None:  
      The slideshow plays only once.
    • Loop: 
      The slideshow plays continuously.
    • Back and Forth:  
      The slideshow plays forward all the way through, then backward to the beginning, and so on.
  5. To make the slideshow appear on the whole screen rather than in a window, select “Enter full screen mode when opened.”

  6. Choose a playback quality and file size from the Formats pop-up menu:

    • Full Quality, Large:  
      Preserves the best playback quality, but these movies are large and are therefore more difficult to transfer through email or across the web.
    • CD-ROM Movie, Medium: 
      Best if you’re using a CD to send the slideshow to another viewer. These movies are high in quality but have somewhat smaller file sizes than full-quality movies.
    • Web Movie, Small:  
      Movies generally have poorer playback quality but are small enough to be shared across the web or through email.
    • Custom:  
      Choose your own QuickTime compression settings for video and audio so that you can control the tradeoff between file size and quality.
  7. To include the slideshow soundtrack or the recorded audio, select the appropriate Audio checkbox.

  8. If your slideshow has a transparent background you want to preserve in your QuickTime movie, select “Include transparency.”

    Some transitions might not work correctly with this option selected.

  9. Click Next, type a name for your movie, choose a location in which to store it, and click Export.

If the slideshow includes a soundtrack, two movie files are created. The file with “soundtrack” appended contains only the audio and can be discarded.

When you export a self-playing slideshow as a QuickTime movie, note the following:

  • If the slideshow includes a soundtrack, the movie won’t end until the audio finishes. If your slideshow is a lot shorter than the audio, you might want to use a shorter audio file.

  • If the slideshow contains an Exit Slideshow link, clicking it makes the movie exit full-screen mode.

Last Modified: Jul 27, 2012
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