In this step-by-step tutorial I show you how to take your iMovie video-creation skills up a notch, by incorporating slick animations made with Apple Keynote.
iMovie is a pretty capable, cost-effective video editing application that covers the basics pretty well. But iMovie is limited when it comes to graphics. Luckily, there’s a powerful video graphics and animation tool pre-installed on your Mac: Apple Keynote.
Keynote is more than just presentation software. It’s a video graphics and animation powerhouse (I call it After Effects Lite). But what’s really exciting is the ability to export sophisticated video animations made in Keynote and use them in your iMovie projects! This capability opens up all kinds of creative possibilities for your iMovie videos.
Exporting an animation from Keynote and compositing it into an iMovie project is essentially a three-step process:
- Create your Keynote animation (animated logo, or lower-third graphic)
- Remove the slide background of your animation
- Export your animation from Keynote as a Movie. If you want the background of your animation to be transparent when you bring it into iMovie, be sure to select Apple ProRes 4444 under the Compression Type settings in the Movie Export dialogue. That will add what’s called an “Alpha Channel”. The Alpha Channel will store the transparency information of your exported movie.