GIF from presentation or video: Instructions for Apple Keynote

In the iWork app "Keynote", which you can download free of charge from the App Store on the Apple Mac, you can export inserted content and slides of a presentation as GIF. Even videos that you add on a slide are output as an animated image file. With this, Keynote closes the gap that Apple leaves open with iMovie: Save videos and clips as GIF with one-stop shopping. Because there is also third-party software for this, but sometimes you have a watermark here, and sometimes only a subscription option, etc. 

Create GIF on Mac: Keynote app offers storage option

If you have created a presentation, created a kind of flip book with Keynote slides, or simply inserted a video on a slide, you can save the whole thing as a GIF file. The instructions for doing this are just a few simple steps:

  1. In the menu bar filing -> Export... -> Animated GIF here
  2. Now set various parameters (number of foils, resolution, fps, etc.)
  3. Then click on the "Next ..." button
  4. Select / enter a name, a storage location and, if necessary, tags
  5. Finally click on the "Export" button

I found this out from Apple's official user guide for the Keynote app. You can find the entry "Create an animated GIF in Keynote on the Mac" with this link.

GIF resolution when creating animated images with Keynote

In the second step you can set the resolution of the target file, among other things. You will not be given any number of pixels to choose from in the corresponding drop-down menu, only the options "Small", "Medium", "Large" and "Very large". With a standard slide size (for 16: 9 playback) this means the following:

  • Small: 320 x 180 pixels
  • Medium: 480 x 270 pixels
  • Large: 720 x 405 pixels
  • Very large: 1080 x 608 pixels

Other formats are possible if you z. B. want to output a video via Keynote as a GIF. Then classic 4: 3 or 16: 9 formats are also possible. With some things you just have to try out a bit and play around with the settings.

Create GIF with Keynote on macOS: Instructions in pictures

I have packed the above step-by-step instructions for creating GIF images with the free PowerPoint alternative from Apple under macOS into screenshots. Depending on the version of the software, the procedure may change slightly in the future, but it should not be completely different. Under the following images you will find a few more tips and details on each step of creating GIFs on the Mac with Keynote.

First you select the option to save the presentation as an animated GIF via the file menu and the export point.

First you select the option to save the presentation as an animated GIF via the file menu and the export point.

Now you choose the most important parameters. In addition to the resolution (see above), 15, 24 and 30 fps are available. If you only output text, 15 fps are enough. If you use a lot of writing, you should use the slide length of 1 second.

Now you choose the most important parameters. In addition to the resolution (see above), 15, 24 and 30 fps are available. If you only output text, 15 fps are enough. If you use a lot of writing, you should use the slide length of 1 second.

In the end, the GIF is saved as normal on the Mac - with a name and location of your choice.

In the end, the GIF is saved as normal on the Mac - with a name and location of your choice.

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