How to embed a video in Keynote on iPhone, iPad and Mac

How to insert video in Keynote Mac

Do you have a video that would make the perfect addition to your Keynote presentation? It could be a video of how to use a new product you’re introducing or one of construction progress for your new business location.

For your next slideshow in Keynote, we’ll show you how to embed a video to make your presentation stand out.

Embed a video in Keynote on Mac

Open your slideshow in Keynote on your Mac and then follow these steps to insert the video.

1) Select a slide or add a new one.

2) Click the Media button in the toolbar. You can choose Movies to select a video from the media gallery or pick Choose to head to the exact location of your video.

3) Click the video you want and it will pop right onto the slide.

Insert Video Keynote Mac

Keep in mind that if you create a self-playing presentation with a delay for the slides that’s less time than the video length, the video will be cut short.

To avoid this, head to the slide containing the video and change the timing for that particular slide to accommodate the length of your video.

Format your video

Once you embed your video into the slide, you can make some adjustments if you like. Make sure the video is selected and click the Format button on the top right and the Movie tab.

Format Video Keynote Mac
  • Adjust the volume.
  • Expand Edit Movie to trim or move the poster frame.
  • Choose to repeat (loop) the video.
  • Start the video on click.
  • Add a description to the video.

If you want to resize the video, just drag in or out from one of its corners. And to move it, just click and drag.

Embed a video in Keynote on iPhone or iPad

Open your slideshow in Keynote on your iPhone or iPad and then do the following to insert the video.

1) Select a slide or add a new one.

2) Tap the plus sign at the top and then the media button.

3) Choose Photo or Video to pick one from your library or Insert From to browse elsewhere.

4) When you select the video, you can preview it or trim it. Tap Choose when you’re ready.

5) After a few seconds, you’ll see your video pop onto the slide.

Insert Video Keynote iPhone

Just like on Mac, you can format your video in Keynote on iOS with the same types of adjustments. Tap the Format button at the top, select Movie, and then make your changes at the bottom. You can also drag to move or resize the video.

Format Video Keynote iPhone

Wrapping it up

Adding a video to your Keynote presentation is a great way to enhance your slideshow with pictures and sound that get your point across more effectively.

Are you going to add a video to your next slideshow? Let us know what type of video fits your presentation and if you discover any tips you’d like to share.