How to Make an Animated Video with Keynote by Logan Nickleson

How to Make an Animated Video with Keynote

A premium online course for creative Mac users

Why use Keynote to make animated videos?

When it comes to popular content formats, video is the reigning king. And it's showing no signs of giving up the throne anytime soon.

Just consider the facts: Video has been found to grow revenue 49% faster, drive 12x more engagement on social media, and even increase organic website traffic by 157%.

But you already know making videos is a smart business decision. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be here. So let's address the first part of the question: Why use Keynote?

I'll tell you why.

Most video animation software comes with high costs and steep learning curves. And though there are many online animation tools trying to solve this problem, they require an internet connection and recurring payments.

If you own a Mac, however, Keynote is easy to use and free.

"But Keynote is presentation software," you object.

Sure. Keynote can make presentations. But it also comes with 30 cinematic transition effects for objects and text, more than 700 customizable shapes, and many other useful features for making videos.

In this course, you’ll discover the settings and techniques necessary to unlock Keynote's potential as a robust animation tool.

Create engaging videos with free animation software already on your Mac

Want to learn how to turn Keynote into a powerful video maker? You’re in the right place.

In this course, you’ll learn how to:
  • Set up and use Keynote as a video creation tool
  • Animate objects, text, and transitions
  • Add music, sound effects, and voiceovers
  • Create overlay graphics (such as lower thirds) for live action videos
  • Resize videos for Facebook Stories, Instagram, and other major platforms
… and a lot more. Just check out the learning modules below for an idea of what to expect.

What's included?

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What will we cover?

Introduction and Setup
Hello, and Welcome!
3 mins
Course Requirements
2 mins
Keynote Walkthrough
5 mins
Setting Up Keynote for Video Production
3 mins
17 Project Templates for Social Media Videos
1.15 MB
Working with Shapes and Media in Keynote
How to Create Custom Characters and Objects
5 mins
Resource: Keynote Character Builder Template
198 KB
How to Import and Edit Images and Videos
2 mins
Creating Animated Objects and Scenes
Applying and Ordering Animated Effects
4 mins
Making Animations Dynamic with Motion Paths
2 mins
Animating Text
1 min
Automating Animations with Magic Move
2 mins
Animation Exercises: Apply What You've Learned
Resource: Project Files for Explainer Video Exercise
1.07 MB
Exercise: Start an Explainer Video
16 mins
Resource: Project Files for Animated Logo Intro Exercise
99.6 KB
Exercise: Create an Animated Logo Intro
8 mins
Resource: Project Files for Lower Third Exercise
72.5 KB
Exercise: Build a Transparent Lower Third Animation
4 mins
Resource: Project Files for Overlay Graphic Exercise
23.5 MB
Exercise: Make an Overlay Graphic
3 mins
Final Touches: Audio, Exporting, and Advanced Editing
Adding Sound Effects, Music, and Voiceovers
4 mins
Resource: 10 Background Songs for Your Videos
280 MB
Exporting Your Keynote Project as a Video File
2 mins
Editing Your Video in iMovie
5 mins
Thanks, and So Long
1 min
Bonus Resources
Free Sources for Stock Video Footage
Public Domain Sound Effects
Royalty-Free Background Music for Videos
How to Edit Audio 101 [Tutorial]
How to Make Screencast Videos on Your Mac [Tutorial]
More Video Creation Tips and Tutorials

What do people think of the lessons?

Fast and to the point. No extra sidebar unrelated info, coughing sneezing, heavy breathing or "uh's" and "um's". Your voice is warm and friendly. Love it!
Sincerely Breigh
You have helped me out a lot with your teaching style. I had this software on my iMac and never knew the power of how to use it.
James Lewis
Holy cow — mind blown! Thanks for sharing this INCREDIBLY helpful tutorial, now my channel/videos will look more professional!
Ane Lowe
Needing to create a social media video, but with simple photos, started with iPhoto/Photos, iMovie... and really getting frustrated. Recalled Keynote, thought why not and found your tutorial. Exactly what I need and explained and presented perfectly.
Kurc Buzdegan
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Hi, I’m Logan.

Content strategist by day. Indie maker by night.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I get when I buy this course?

Sign up now and you'll get instant access to:
  • 70+ minutes of on-demand training videos
  • 4 follow-along exercises with template files
  • 10 most popular royalty-free songs from Music for Makers ($250 value)
  • Custom illustrated character made and editable in Keynote
  • 17 blank social media templates set to best practice dimension ratios
  • Unrestricted lifetime access

Can Keynote really make professional videos?

In case this all sounds too good to be true, here are four awesome videos made with Keynote (just like my explainer video at the top of this page). In this course, you'll learn how to create similar videos.

Is this course right for me?

I built this course with marketers, social media content creators, and entrepreneurs in mind. But I’m confident that anyone interested in learning how to make simple animated videos will get value out of these lessons.

How can I apply what I learn in this course?

Keynote is an excellent tool for making explainer videos, promotional videos, tutorial videos, training videos, and more. You can also use it to create overlay graphics — such as animated lower thirds — that you can then import into a video editor. (This course covers how to do that using iMovie, another free Mac app.)

What do I need for this course?

To get the most out of this course, you’ll need:
  • An Apple Mac computer* (e.g., iMac, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air)
  • The latest version of Keynote (likely installed already, but if not, you can download for free from the app store)
  • A good internet connection (to watch the course videos)
*There is a web/iCloud version of Keynote. But it’s more limited than the desktop version — which is for Mac computers only. Some of what I present in this course might be possible with PowerPoint for Windows or OpenOffice Impress for Linux. However, this course is not recommended for non-Mac users.

What if I need help?

Want one-on-one help creating your animated video with Keynote? Sign up for a video chat support session with me to get answers and tips for your specific project:

What if Apple makes an update to Keynote?

I discovered the techniques outlined in this course in 2015. They still hold up today, even after numerous Keynote updates. (In fact, the app offers even more creative potential today.) And if anything does change, I'll update the course as necessary to keep it relevant.

What about refunds?

If you’re unsatisfied with this course, just let me know within 30 days of your purchase. I’ll issue a full refund as long as you tell me how you think I can improve.