Audio voice over missing from Keynote > Quicktime

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  1. PaperQueen macrumors 6502


    Aug 16, 2007
    Just this side of insanity (Minneapolis)
    After adding the voiceover to a 50-minute Keynote presentation, I exported it to QuickTime, but.......the audio is missing from the final product.

    In searching online, I ran a MacWorld forum that suggested tweaking the Inspector > Document setting to “Automatically play upon open.” As soon as I toggled that, everything fell apart-—the slides went to a fast bang-bang-bang transition rather than follow the true speed I’d manually used to match the voice over portion. (Thankfully, I worked from a copy of the original presentation, so all is not lost.)

    Dumped the copy, then made a second copy from the “correct” original in Keynote. Next, I followed a second suggestion to adjust the Export to > Quicktime settings, including “Set to fixed timing” with a zero value in each of the two fields, but Keynote won’t allow zero values in either one.

    I’m now trying to export to iDVD as I type this, but am holding out little hope, feeling I’ve missed something.....

    It took three passes to get the voice over perfect for this-—between the five hours of build out, three hours of recording time, and two 2+ hour attempts at saving to QuickTime, I’m at my wits end. Dumping the voice over to record a fourth time makes me want to sob, given how dead-on-right the Keynote audio is now.

    Anyone have a secret trick for exporting this to QuickTime so the audio stays put and in sync as originally intended?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. MacEnglish macrumors newbie

    Jan 9, 2009
    Same Question

    That is interesting, because I had the same problem with my voice over converting to the Quicktime movie. Does anyone have the answer to this one because I would really appreciate the remedy?

    Thank you!
  3. justit macrumors 6502a

    Dec 1, 2007
    Anyone? I was looking forward to sending keynote videos but I also need audio.
  4. mcq macrumors newbie

    Jan 9, 2009
    also missing audio on keynote > quicktime export

    I had the same problem and ended up recording separate .mp3 files for each slide and dragging and dropping the files onto each slide. Then when I export to Quicktime, the duration of the slide is whatever default I assign (I think I did two seconds) plus the length of the .mp3 file. Not a great solution, but I was under pressure and this was the only thread I could find on the subject.
  5. PaperQueen thread starter macrumors 6502


    Aug 16, 2007
    Just this side of insanity (Minneapolis)
    Lots of steps, but it worked

    After a hundred trial-an-error attempts, here’s what finally worked for me. After recording the audio track through Keynote:

    From your desktop:

    1. Select Keynote that includes your recorded voiceover

    2. Right click (ctrl + click) on the Keynote file
    • Select Show Package Content from the new menu
    • Make a copy of the narration track
    • Drag copy to desktop

    3. Open iTunes
    • Add narration track to library

    4. Open Keynote
    • Export file with audio as a Quicktime movie with Recorded Timing
    (Note: a 45-minute presentation might take 2-3 hours to do this)

    5. Open iMovie
    • Drag the Keynote WITH AUDIO into iMovie

    NEXT, import the audio from iTunes:

    1. Click on the Timeline Viewer button (the little blue clock)

    2. Drag the playhead to where audio should begin (keep it at 0:00:00 if that’s how you recorded it). To precisely adjust the playhead position, press the Left or Right Arrow key to move the playhead one frame at a time. To move the playhead in ten-frame increments, hold down the Shift key while pressing the Arrow key.

    3. Click the Media button, and then click Audio

    4. Choose the iTunes library from the list in the Audio pane

    5. Select the narration track just imported
    Tip: Use search field below playlists to locate it
    • Click the Play button to the left of the search field to listen if you want to double check it’s the correct one.

    6. Click “Place at Playhead.”

    7. The audio track will appear as an audio clip in the timeline viewer now (instead of “Piano Music,” you should see the equalizer version of your voice over audio track).

    8. Now, drag the video clip from the grid in the top of the window the top row of the timeline viewer.

    9. Click the Play button to test that the audio and video are in sync with one another.

    10. File > Save project as.... (to be safe)
    • File wherever you need it to be
    (Notes: takes a few minutes to save a 45-minute presentation)

    11. After saving the project, File > Export > Quicktime

    Compress for web if you want to mount this online for viewing; frame measures fairly small. Compression will take roughly 30-40 minutes for a 45-minute presentation.

    Compress full size for larger frame and more frames per minutes. Compression time is quite slow—about 1 hour per 45-minute run time.

    Like I said, it’s a lot of steps, but it worked. Saved my hide after spending four hours getting the audio right. No way I was going in for a fifth or sixth run at it.

    Good luck!
  6. the-edge macrumors newbie

    Feb 14, 2006
    Try using Profcast

    I have never used it, but Profcast is supposed to make adding voiceover to Keynote presentations a snap.

    Has anyone ever tried this?

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