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Keynote is Apple's iWork application for creating effective and impressive presentations. In Keynote '09 Essential Training, presentation designer Craig Syverson teaches new and experienced Keynote users how to apply this program to its full potential. Craig demonstrates the entire creative process, from building basic slides with text and images and using the new built-in themes, to distributing the final product. Exercise files accompany the course.
So in addition to photographs and graphics, you can also incorporate QuickTime movies and sounds into your presentation. And because Keynote is all based on QuickTime, it's really easy to do this. In addition to the Media Browser, go to the Insert menu, pulling down to Choose and here you are given the standard navigation within Mac OS. This is the folder where I have been keeping all of my media items. Double click here on this movie and you see this is a full size movie. Click the Inspector button. We'll have a look at the Metrics inspector.
Here we get the file name of this movie, its size. It's like every other object. We can move it around. We can resize it here in the Metrics inspector. Go to the Graphics inspector and give it a picture frame. Change that size that I want but actually I like that. Click the QuickTime Inspector button. So here we see a lot of controls over what we might want to do with this movie. We can preview the movie here in the Editing mode. Clicking on the Play button. We can rewind it. Change the volume of your playback. And if you have a long movie but you just want to show a clip of it and you don't feel like editing the movie, you can use these handles to actually drag in a start and stop point. So here it's showing me scrubbing through the beginning of the video and I could say well, I want to start right after that big flare. So I can just drag my start point right here and then the movie will start right there. Poster Frame is very important. This will give you the frozen frame of how this movie is going to look when the slide first comes up. So instead of just a big black screen you can choose one of the frames in the movie as your Poster Frame and we had one at the beginning you might have seen. I can just easily change it to something like this and just by letting go. Clicking on Start movie on click means that when we go to Presentation mode, it's not going to wait for us to click on our Advance key before the movie plays. This is basically a shortcut to creating a build for starting up that particular movie. And if you have small movie or something that requires looping or that you want looping, you can set that up here as well. So in addition to movies, we can also add sounds.
Let me go to Slide 2 and let's say we wanted to include an audio file with this particular slide like we wanted to actually hear the sound of the motorcycle. From the Insert menu, pull down to Choose, choose the audio file you want to insert, double click on that. This will insert the audio file into your slide. Sound objects are interesting. They come in as an object. They look like an object. They can even scale a bit but you never of course see this in a final presentation. Why should you, right? It's basically a sound file but this is here to let you know that the sound file actually exists on the slide and I can go up here to the QuickTime inspector and we have similar controls as well.
I could start it at different point. Of course, there is no poster frame. It's not visual and I can also ask it to start on click. So let me play this and I'll show you how it works. I'll hit the Advance key. And that sound file will play when I hit the key. (Vrrrooom. Motor starting and racing off into the distance.) So it could be good to add a special oomph to a presentation if you want to have some sounds to it. Hit Escape key to go back.
The last bit I'm going to show you is a little obscure, but it's really, really interesting, it's really cool and I wanted to point it out to you. It's another type of multimedia file. It's called Quartz Composer files and these are files that are very, very lightweight, meaning that they don't take up a lot of CPU power, they don't take up a lot of memory, but they can create some very delicate moving graphics and they are really good for backgrounds. So from the Insert menu, go down to Choose. I am going to pull in this file called slide background.qtz, which is a Quartz Composer file, and you see the small window come up. Again, my QuickTime inspector gives me some of the stats on this. So I'm just going to drag it up to the corner and because they are very scalable, I'm just going to drag this down to fill the entire screen. Ctrl+Click to send it back. And if I double click on this, we'll get a bit of a preview. Quartz Composer files are very nice in that they can be easily made and they can create very subtle and graceful backgrounds for a slide. It's something perhaps more interesting then a static slide. Especially if it's the last slide of a show or the beginning of a show. If you look at the background, you can see how it is subtly moving around the slide. So by taking advantage of the QuickTime capabilities of Keynote, you can bring in all kinds of different multimedia files to add interest to your presentation.
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