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Creating a Self-Running Slideshow

Sometimes you may need to give a presentation but can’t be in the room at the same time. Fortunately, Keynote ’08 makes it easy to create a self-running slideshow with narration. You can record a presentation for later delivery or to make a self-running presentation for an exhibit or trade show.

With Keynote ’08, you can record your voice talking about each slide. Then when you advance to the next slide or stage of a build, the timing will be recorded as well. To record your voice, you can use your Mac’s built-in microphone or a professional mic.

  1. Make sure the microphone is connected to your computer, or use the built-in microphone.
  2. Click the Apple menu and choose System Preferences.
  3. Click the Sound button and then click the Input button to configure settings as needed.

    You can select a device and adjust the input volume.

  4. Click slide 1 to select it.

    A recorded slideshow will always play back from the first slide that has audio.

  5. Switch to the Document Inspector and click the Audio button.
  6. When you are ready, click the Record button.

    The presentation immediately goes into play mode and launches full-screen. All of the standard controls for navigating your slide show are available.

  7. Speak clearly into the microphone.

    You’ll notice a pulsing red light in the upper-left corner of the screen, which indicates recording is active.

    Advance your slides and continue to provide narration. Keynote records both your voice and the timings for advancing through slide animation and builds.

  8. When you are finished recording your narration, press the Escape key to stop playback.

    Your recording is automatically stored. Be sure to save the presentation to permanently capture the audio.

    Your presentation is now ready to use. When you play the slideshow, it will automatically use the timings and recorded audio.

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