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add audio to keynote?

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claytonfromkankakee Calculating status...
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Aug 12, 2012 9:19 AM

Is it possible to add audio to a Keynote presentation?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7)
  • bwfromspring hill Level 4 Level 4 (1,465 points)
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    Aug 13, 2012 12:45 PM (in response to claytonfromkankakee)



    You can add audio files directly from the finder or use the Media Browser in Keynote and click on the audio tab - that will give you access to your iTunes library.


    Audio files can be added to an individual slide as an audio object - this allow you to control when the audio starts and also allows more than one audio file on the slide (like sound effects, etc) that can be activated through the Builder Inspector. The length of the audio file can be adjusted using the Quicktime Inspector.


    Another way to add audio is to have a background soundtrack that plays across multiple slides. Only one audio soundtrack can be used per presentation file. The audio is placed in the Audio Well of the Document Inspector > Audio tab.


    Information about how to use audio as well as types of audio that work with Keynote can be found in the Keynote '09 User Guide available from the Keynote Help Menu (hint: you can download the file as a PDF for future reading).


    Good Luck.

  • Errol Zimmerman Calculating status...
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    Feb 15, 2013 6:30 PM (in response to claytonfromkankakee)

    You wrote that only one audio soundtrack can be used per presentation.  I want to play one song, then play a second song later in the Keynote.  I can play a song for one slide, but I need a song that covers aboiut 15 slides.  How can I do this?

  • Gary Scotland Level 5 Level 5 (7,555 points)
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    Feb 16, 2013 8:01 AM (in response to Errol Zimmerman)

    for manual advance only;  create two Keynote files, use a hypperlink on the last side of file 1 linking it to the second file


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