Keynote for Mac: Add narration or a soundtrack in Keynote

Add narration or a soundtrack in Keynote

You can add two types of audio to a presentation: a soundtrack and a voiceover narration.

A soundtrack is audio, such as a song, that plays for the entire presentation.

A voiceover narration is a synchronized recording of yourself talking about each slide. A voiceover is especially useful when your presentation plays unattended in a kiosk setting.

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. Click  the Document button in the toolbar, then click the Audio tab at the top of the sidebar on the right.

  2. Click the Media button (to the right of the volume slider in the middle of the sidebar), then select one or more songs or playlists to add to the soundtrack.

    To reorder the songs or playlists, select one, then drag it above or below another in the list. To delete one, select it, then press Return or Delete.

  3. Click the soundtrack pop-up menu, then choose an option:

    • Off: The soundtrack doesn’t play.

    • Play Once: The soundtrack plays through the presentation and doesn’t repeat if the presentation is longer than the soundtrack.

    • Loop: The soundtrack repeats until the presentation ends.

If you want to play your presentation on a different computer or device from the one you used to create the presentation, choose Keynote > Preferences (from the Keynote menu at the top of your screen), click General at the top of the preferences window, then select “Copy audio and movies into document.” Doing so ensures the soundtrack is available whenever you play the presentation.

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. Make sure the computer you’re using has permission to play all the media files included in your presentation.

Record a voiceover narration

To record a voiceover narration, you advance through the presentation at your natural speed as you talk. As you advance through each slide or build, your voice and timing are recorded and preserved for playback.

Screenshot of voice recording mode on the presenter display. The current and next slide, the current time, and the presenter display controls are visible. The control to start and end the recording and the control to delete the recording appear near the bottom of the display.
  1. Select the slide where you want the recording to start.

  2. Click  the Document button in the toolbar, then click the Audio tab at the top of the sidebar on the right.

  3. Click Record in the sidebar.

    The recording window appears.

  4. To start recording your presentation, click  the Record button at the bottom of the window.

    The timer counts down from 3 before recording begins.

  5. Speak clearly into the microphone to begin your narration.

  6. To advance to the next slide, click the slide in the recording window, or press the Right Arrow key on your keyboard.

    You can pause the recording at any time by clicking the Pause button. Click  the Record button to resume recording.

  7. To stop recording, click  the Record button.

  8. Press Esc (Escape) to save the recording and exit the presentation.

To listen to your narration, play your slides.

Published Date: Oct 19, 2018
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