Creating Video from Photographs

I enjoy learning a new skill and then putting it into action.  ISD 581 Hypermedia Tools has certainly done a great job of allowing me to hone my technical skills.  Coincidentally, the assignments for this course many times have related specifically to something that was going on in my personal life.  For example, in week 11 our assignment was to create a video.  I happened to be out of town that week at a CEIA conference and from my hotel room I finalized and submitted my video.  Also, at that same time a close family member who had always encouraged my educational endeavors passed away after a long illness.  I wanted to use my new knowledge to create a fitting tribute for the memorial service.  With my new arsenal of skills I gathered photographs, scanned and saved them in my computer.  Initially, I had planned to use Microsoft Powerpoint for a slide presentation, but in the end I discovered that by using Apple Keynote I could turn the slide presentation into a video.  Turning the slide presentation into a video allowed me to share it on YouTube with family members that could not travel to attend the memorial service as well as post on social media.  This project accomplished not only helping me gain more technical expertise, but it allowed me to actively work through the grieving process.

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If you want to take a Keynote presentation and turn it into a video then you need to first create a presentation.  To create a presentation <File <New and then select a theme that best represents your presentation (I chose the Vintage theme).  For each of the images I added to my presentation I chose a border that resembled an old photo album.  To chose the border you click on the image then on the <Style tab and it will give you a preview of your selected photo in each of the available border styles.  Refer to the image below.

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After I added all of my slides with the images I knew this presentation would need to run on a continuous loop so on each slide I selected the <Document tab  and then checked the Loop Slideshow box. 

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At the same time I was adding this feature to each slide I also added a transition for each slide as well as the timing for each slide.  I clicked on the <Animate tab, chose the <Push  transition,  set the Duration for 10.0 s, the Direction for Right to Left and selected that the Start Transition would be done Automatically from the drop down menu.  Refer to the screenshot below as a reference.

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By selecting the Play button (red arrow below shows where the play button is located) on the top menu it allows you to see the presentation and ensure that you have done your settings correctly.

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Once you are satisfied with your presentation then you will need to save it as Keynote file in case you need to go back and make changes <File >Save.  You will also need to save the file as a QuickTime move by going to <File <Export To <QuickTime.  The next step is to to transfer the file from being a QuickTime Movie to an .mp4 file format.  In order to do so you need to download a free converter program called Prism.  After the program is downloaded, open it, click on <+Add File and choose your QuickTime file (It will be in a .m4v file format).  At the bottom of the screen make sure that the Output Format is .mp4 from the drop down menu and then select Convert.  Refer to image below.

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After saving the converted .mp4 file then you need to open up Apple IMovie.  Once in IMovie click on <File <New Movie and chose <No Theme since your Keynote slides will already had a built-in theme.  To bring in the .mp4 file chose <File <Import Media.  Position the cursor over where your file was imported and selected the entire presentation by clicking <Cmd <A to copy it and then dragg it down to the bottom part of the screen.  You can click the play in the preview screen to ensure it plays correctly.  Refer to image below.

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Now at this point I was satisfied with what I had been able to create so I up clicked <File <Share and uploaded it on YouTube so that another family member I was coordinating with for the service could review it for me.  After it was reviewed she sent me a link and asked that I add music.  I used Audacity and added the requested music, but since the recording was only 50 seconds and the video was over 7 minutesI had to copy it several times  so it would repeat during the entire presentation.   I saved the updated audio file in Audacity and then opened IMovie, chose Audio, selected my audio file and inserted it into the movie.  I shared the updated version of the video on YouTube and then went back and deleted my original version that did not contain any music..

Below is my final video.  I hope you enjoy it!


After completing this project I discovered that you can also take a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation and turn it into a video as well.  To do so you need to save your PowerPoint presentation as an image.  Then open up IMovie and the file folder with the PowerPoint slides and drag each slide from PowerPoint into your IMovie and arrange them.  A tutorial with more details on completing this task is found in YouTube and is referenced below.

How to Make a Movie Using PowerPoint and IMovie

You can also add audio directly to each slide in Keynote and recorded it.  To do so go to <Play and then <Record Slideshow.  To practice before you record select <Play and <Practice and <Rehearse Slideshow.

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