How to add MKV/MTS/MXF/VOB/SWF/FLV movie files to Keynote?

This post covers two parts. The first part shows you a workaround to convert different media (MKV MTS, MXF, VOB, SWF, FLV Flash Video, etc.) to MOV format fitting for Keynote. And the second part presents how to insert a video/movie file to Keynote on Mac.

Part 1: How to convert incompatible video files to MOV for Keynote?
Part 2: How to insert a video/movie file to Keynote on Mac?
Apple Keynote
Apple Keynote doesn’t recognize all kinds of video files but limited to a few compatible formats such as QuickTime video formats (including MPEG-2 and DV) in slideshows. If the video files that you want to embed into Keynote come with different codec and formats which are incompatible with Keynote, you will need a video converter to process format conversion before you use them. In our older post, we have talked about how to embed AVI files to Apple Keynote for presentation, and in this post, we would like to continue discussing how to convert all kinds of video files for inserting to Keynote for slideshows. The input file types cover MKV MTS, MXF, VOB, SWF, FLV Flash Video, F4V, TS, ASF, and more.

Software requirement
Video Converter for Mac
You can download a demo version to have a try. It is not free but it totally worth it.
Keynote Video Converter for Mac

How to convert MKV/MTS/MXF/VOB/SWF/FLV to MOV for inserting into Keynote on Mac?

The steps:
Step 1: Install and run Video Converter for Mac as the best Keynote Video Converter for Mac. Click ‘Add Video’ button to import your source media to it.
Embed movies to Keynote

Step 2: Select MOV as output format
From ‘Profile’ list, choose ‘General Video’ > ‘MOV – QuickTime Video (*.mov)’ or ‘‘HD Video’ > ‘HD MOV Video (*.mov)’ as target format.

Standard MOV output under ‘General Video’ column
add MKV/MTS/MXF/VOB/SWF/FLV to Keynote

HD MOV output under ‘HD Video’ column
convert MKV/MTS/MXF/VOB/SWF/FLV to MOV for keynote
Important: If you’ve loaded a number of video clips to do batch conversion, please do remember ticking off ‘Apply to All’ option before you start.

Step 3: Set advanced settings
If necessary, you can click ‘Settings’ button and go to ‘Profiles Settings’ panel to modify video and audio settings like video encoder, resolution, video bit rate, frame rate, aspect ratio, audio encoder, sample rate, audio bit rate, and audio channels. 3D settings are also available.

Step 4: Start MKV/MTS/MXF/VOB/SWF/FLV to MOV Conversion on Mac
When ready, click ‘Convert’ button to start conversion. As soon as the conversion is complete, you can click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the generated MOV file and embedding it to Keynote easily.

If you don’t want to wait for the entire conversion process, you can tick off ‘Showdown computer when conversion completed’ and go away to do other things.

How to insert a video/movie file to Keynote on Mac?

1. Drag a movie file from the Finder to the slide canvas or to a media placeholder.

2. Click Media in the toolbar, and then click Movies in the Media Browser. Select a file, and then drag it to the slide canvas or to a media placeholder.”

3. Choose Insert > Choose, and then navigate to the movie file you want. Select it, and then click Insert. Drag the movie to where you want it on the slide canvas.

4. When you add media files to your slideshow, make sure that they will be available if you transfer your document to another computer. When saving your document, make sure to select “Copy audio and movies into document” in the Save window after you choose Save or Save As. (If you don’t see the option, click the disclosure triangle next to the field, and then click Advanced Options.)

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