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How to Embed a YouTube Video in Keynote

In this walkthrough, we've shared how to embed YouTube video in Keynote, so that you can add compelling and instructive visuals to a presentation. 

What is Keynote?
Keynote is Apple's premier presentation software, with plenty of themes and transitions to keep your audience engaged. However, Keynote does not have a built-in option for embedding videos in presentations. Below, we've shared a few third-party solutions to this problem.  

Using LiveSlides to Embed YouTube Video in Keynote
LiveSlides is a popular software add-on that brings extra functionality to Keynote, so you can embed YouTube clips. However, you'll need an internet connection to play any videos embedded with LiveSlides. Here's how to use the software:

1. First, download the "Keynote on Mac" version of LiveSlides, and move the icon to your Applications folder to complete the installation. 

2. Next, open your current Keynote presentation, as well as your favorite web browser. Navigate to YouTube, and find the video that you want to embed. Press Command+C to copy the video URL.

3. Open LiveSlides in the Applications folder. You should see a small window, with an empty box for entering a URL. Press Command+V to paste your YouTube video URL in the box. 

4. Now, press the "Insert" button in LiveSlides to embed the video into Keynote. A new slide will appear at the end of your slide sequence, with a box that reads "LiveSlides web content".  

5. Finally, you can drag the video box to any slide in your Keynote presentation. To preview the slideshow, choose "Play" > "Play Slideshow" from the main menu. 

Converting YouTube Videos to MP4 Files
Another way to embed YouTube videos in Keynote is by converting them to MP4 format, and downloading them to your hard drive. Browser-based tools like Yout make it easy to convert YouTube clips. Here's how to do it: 

1. Go to (or a similar online tool). Then, start a separate browser tab for YouTube, and find your desired video. 

2. Press Command+C to copy the YouTube video URL. Then, go back to Yout and press Command+V to paste the URL into the main text box. 

3. Press Enter, and you'll see a new page with various video settings. Make sure to select "MP4 (Video)" in the Format section. If you only want to download a section of the video, you can drag on the sliders to set the start and end time. 

4. Give your MP4 video a name, and then press "Record MP4". When Yout finishes converting the video, click "Download" to save it to your hard drive. 

5. Finally, open your current Keynote presentation, and drag the video file onto any slide. You can adjust the video size by dragging on the corners. Now, when you play the slideshow, you won't need to be connected to the internet to view the embedded video.     

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