Every trainer knows not to rely on technology working correctly, so I decided to include a couple of YouTube videos in a presentation I’m creating, not just link to them.
The problem was that Keynote.app doesn’t seem to respond to the
.flv files you end up with after downloading a YouTube video. When I dragged the movie into a slide, nothing happened.
A bit of Googling and something called Perian soon sorted things out — Convert YouTube Videos for Your iPod Apple TV and iPhone:
Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on how to copy video files off YouTube.com and convert them for iPod Video, Apple TV, iPhone or even just to watch in iTunes. This trick will work on either Mac or PC using Firefox, Safari or Internet Explorer.
I used the download trick I wrote about in Make an offline copy of a YouTube video, installed Perian, opened the file in Quicktime, then exported it as a
.mov file. I dragged that file into Keynote, and it played quite happily.