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Extend Your Audience: Turn Your Keynote Slides into a Blog Movie

Promo for Work Smarter presentation by Laurel Johnson, Copywriter, www.laurelcrates.com

Made any great presentations lately? Consider re-purposing your slide show by turning it into a movie for your blog or web site. If you’re like me, you have more ideas than could fit into your speaking time. Putting your slides and additional commentary on your web site gives the folks who saw your talk another way to connect with you. Plus, it gives you a way to reach a far wider audience. Here’s how 

to turn your Keynote slide show into a YouTube movie for your blog.

Step 1: Export to QuickTime

From the Keynote menu bar, select File > Export To > QuickTime.

Stick with the default choices and click Next. Give your new movie a name and click Export. You’ve just turned your slide show into a movie.

Step 2: Upload to YouTube
  1. Sign into your YouTube account. (Don’t have one? Click here.)
  2. Click the Upload button on the top right corner.
  3. Drag your movie from your computer. While you’re waiting for it to upload, look at the settings and make your choices. Include keywords and a sentence describing your video to it can be found from YouTube as well as on your blog.
  4. Click Publish.
Step 3: Choose your thumbnail

This is the part that can get a little tricky. YouTube will select a frame from your video for the thumbnail automatically. One would think it would pick the first frame, but no, it picks any random three frames. If you like one of the selections, just click it.

If you want to choose your own thumbnail, you’ll need to have your account verified. This is really simple. Just enter your phone number and you’ll receive a text message with a verification code. Enter the code where your desktop asks for it and you’re good to go. Getting your account verified enables you to select your own thumbnail, upload videos that are longer than 15 minutes, and more features.

Now that your account is verified, just scrub through your video’s frames until you find the one you want to use. Take a screen shot of that frame. (On Mac: hit Command + Shift + 4. With your mouse, drag the box around the frame you want for your thumbnail.) Upload your thumbnail frame and select it.

Step 3: Embed YouTube link into your post

Under your YouTube video, click Share > Embed > then copy the long embed code.

Open your WordPress post, place your cursor where you want the video to show, and paste the code. Make sure you paste the code on a line by itself (without any text or other images) and WordPress will embed your code … like magic! Here’s one I did recently.

That’s it! You’ve just given yourself an easy way to extend the hard work you put into your slide show to a far wider audience.

A note on etiquette. Of course, you wouldn’t think to post your video before you present it to your group. Your point is to give your group members more information, right? You’ll also want to check with your group’s re-publication policies: some groups have limits and you’ll want to respect those so you’ll get asked to speak again next year.