Keynote for iPad: Add existing video and audio to Keynote presentations

Add existing video and audio to Keynote presentations

You can add video and audio to a slide. When you show the slide during a presentation, by default the video or audio plays when you tap anywhere on the slide. You can set video or audio looping and start timing to make the video or audio start automatically when the slide appears. You can also add a soundtrack that plays for the entire presentation.

Note: Video and audio files must be in a format that QuickTime supports on your device. If you can’t add or play a media file, try using iMovie, QuickTime Player, or Compressor on a Mac to convert the file to an MPEG-4 file (with a .m4a filename extension) for audio, or a QuickTime file (with a .mov filename extension) for video.

You can also record video and audio and add it to your presentation.

Add existing video or audio

  1. On the slide where you want to add the video or audio, tap  the Insert button, then tap the Media button.

  2. Tap Photo or Video; to insert media from iCloud or another service, tap “Insert from.”

  3. Navigate to the file, then tap it.

  4. To resize video, drag any blue dot.

  5. Tap the Play button on the media to play it.

You can also copy a video file from another presentation or from another application.

Replace a media placeholder with a video

  1. Tap the Replace Image button in the bottom-right corner of a media placeholder.

  2. Tap an album; to use a video from iCloud or another service, tap “Insert from” below the albums.

  3. Tap the video you want to add.

    If you’re inserting a video from iCloud or another service, tap folders to locate it.

  4. Drag any blue dot to resize the video.

  5. Tap the Play button on the video to play it.

Replace video

  1. Tap the video on the slide.

  2. Tap  the Format button, tap Movie, then tap Replace.

  3. Do one of the following:

    • Take a new video: Tap Take Photo or Video below the albums, then tap Video. Tap  the Record button to start recording; tap the Stop button to stop. Then tap Use Video.

    • Choose a file: Tap an album, or tap “Insert from” below the albums, then tap the video you want. Tap Use.

Add a soundtrack

A soundtrack begins playing when the presentation starts. If there are slides that already have video or audio, the soundtrack also plays on those slides.

A file added as a soundtrack always plays from its beginning.

  1. Tap the More button, then tap Soundtrack.

  2. Tap Choose Audio, then tap a song to add it.

    To add more music, tap Add More Tracks.

  3. Tap Loop to have the soundtrack repeat until the presentation ends.

    You may need to swipe up to see these options.

To turn off a soundtrack, tap Soundtrack, tap Choose Audio, then tap Off.

Some media files are protected under copyright law. Some downloaded media may be played only on the device where the download occurred. DRM (digital rights management) protected music can’t be added to the presentation soundtrack.

To set video or audio looping or adjust playback volume, see Edit video and audio.

Published Date: Apr 3, 2019
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