6 Replies Latest reply: Oct 7, 2008 1:07 PM by CDubber
Bruce Robbie Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
After hours trying to get this awful program to record a presentation as I've sync it with slides, music and actions, I've just given up. It just doesn't do it.
Trying to transfer a draft to Quicktime is a greater waste of time as the slide actions are staggered and out of sync and the quality is apalling. How did do you put up with this garbage.
Regretably it's back to PowerPoint for me. The Mac creativity tool myth is starting to wear thin. ( Yes I may also be a bad workman blaming his tools but I just believe what it "says on the tin", record means to me, record, not well maybe I will and may be I won't. Call me old fashion, but Keynote looks fancy but just doesn't cut it.
What am I doing wrong ?

iMac 24, Mac OS X (10.5.4), Duo Core
  • Tulse Level 5 Level 5 (5,790 points)
    Perhaps you could provide a bit more specific details as to what you've tried to do and the problems you are experiencing?
  • CDubber Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I agree - something is horribly broken with QuickTime exporting. I originally did all my animation in a timed fashion. Viewing the presentation, everything worked perfectly. But exporting to QuickTime - nothing worked. Someone suggested Recording the presentation (from within Keynote) first - which apparently is the correct way to do this (why isn't Keynote smart enough to export to QuickTime based on the timings you've set? Who knows.). So I changed all my automatic timings to manual, and recorded my presentation, manually activating each animation at the correct time. Again, playing back the presentation works perfectly. Exporting to QuickTime, again, is a complete failure. Nothing is in sync. Visuals drop out. Horrible.

    Keynote far exceeds the visual results I can get in PowerPoint, but who cares if you can't export it to a movie that everyone can view?

    Recording functionality in Keynote is wonky, and exporting to QuickTime is useless.
  • Tulse Level 5 Level 5 (5,790 points)
    One workaround for this problem would be to record the Keynote presentation using something like Snapz Pro or ScreenFlow, or some other screen video capture utility.
  • CDubber Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I tried SnapzPro, but the app didn't give me a way (that I could find) of capturing only the slide area (in this case, 800x600) of a running presentation. SnapzPro would not give me region capture guides once the presentation started.

    I also tried ScreenFlow (which is light years ahead of SnapzPro), but it had problems with the audio falling behind the video for some reason. Frustrating.

    Even if one of these apps did work, why one should have to drop another $100 for a screen capture utility to do something that Keynote should do with ease baffles me. I can't understand why Keynote can't replicate what I see in my running presentation to a QuickTime movie without dropping animations, losing sync, repeating portions of the audio, etc. It's a buggy mess.
  • Tulse Level 5 Level 5 (5,790 points)
    CDubber wrote:
    I tried SnapzPro, but the app didn't give me a way (that I could find) of capturing only the slide area (in this case, 800x600) of a running presentation. SnapzPro would not give me region capture guides once the presentation started.


    Why not just run your display at 800X600, and capture the entire screen?
  • CDubber Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I don't think running my display at 800x600 is going to get me the results I'm looking for, as I'm running an iMac at 1680x1050 native resolution (widescreen).