Recently I am doing a project, and to make my Keynote presentation more vivid I think it will be good if I can embed YouTube video in Keynote on Mac. But when I embed YouTube videos to Keynote I had to quit from Keynote and use the web browser to play the relevant YouTube videos. This interrupted the flow of the keynote presentations and it was a total distraction to me as the wifi hotspot I’m using couldn’t actually stream fast enough for the YouTube videos to play at all.

What is Keynote?

Keynote is a presentation software application for Mac OS developed as a part of the iWork productivity suite by Apple Inc. Keynote 5.0.3 was announced on September 28, 2009 and is the most recent version. It adds new themes, transitions and animations, and the ability to control the slideshow with an iPhone or iPod touch through the Keynote Remote application which is available for purchase on the iTunes Store. Keynote supports all QuickTime video formats (including MPEG-2 and DV) in slideshows.

How to embed YouTube video in Keynote on Mac

To be able to embed YouTube video in Keynote we need to use a third party software to download YouTube videos to Mac to be used for the Keynote presentation. In this simple tutorial I am going to outline how to add YouTube video to Keynote presentation with the help of iFunia YouTube Downloader for Mac.


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Step 1 Download YouTube Downloader Mac and Add Video URL

Download iFunia YouTube Downloader Mac and install it on your Mac. Drag the thumbnail of the video you want to download and drop it to the interface of YouTube Downloader Mac. The app also supports copy and paste of URL. Please note that the app will automatically paste the URL you just copy. If you find a YouTube playlist where all the videos are worth downloading, you just add the playlist URL to download them all. If there is a need to download multiple videos, you just add all the URLs at a time.

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Step 2 Download YouTube Videos to Keynote Supported Format

At the Format field, there will be a dropdown menu where you can find all the formats and video qualities that are available for download. What you need to do is select the output format as any Keynote Supported video format. After the video is downloaded to your Mac, you can click the folder icon to open the folder where the file is saved.


Keynote Supported Video Formats

youtube downloader mac choose video format and quality

Step 3 Embed YouTube video in Keynote on Mac

You can now drag this video file directly into Keynote. Like any other media asset you can use Keynote’s inspector panel to add a border, shadow and even a reflection. You can trim the YouTube videos as you like so as to perfectly add YouTube video to Keynote presentation.

Advanced video control for YouTube video to Keynote on Mac

Keynote offers some really nice and advanced video control features from within the Inspector. Click on the QuickTime logo on the top right of the Inspector panel. You can change the poster image (i.e. the image that appears before the video plays) and you can also adjust the start and stop markers.

Now you can save your Keynote, you can show your Keynote presentation with YouTube videos every where with or without an internet connection.


I realise there are probably a dozen ways to add Youtube videos to Keynote presentation, but this is my tried, tested and trusted workflow that I use in creating project show resources that offer a little more variety of content for my Keynote presentaions. If you have tried quite a few methods but ended up having no idea which one to choose, you can use the method to embed YouTube video in Keynote. It won’t let you down.