Keynote for quick and easy motion graphics

Monday, July 7, 2008

Keynote is first and foremost a presentation application. But, that doesn’t stop imaginative people from doing extraordinary things. Ben Balser has posted a tutorial for using Keynote as a motion graphics tool over at He shows how he can produce a DVD motion menu faster an easier in Keynote than he can in any of the Final Cut Studio apps.

When I see articles like this, it makes me wonder how amazing it would be if Apple made iWork’s XML editable by any app on your Mac. Then, instead of using a QuickTime movie in your Pro projects, you could do a rough draft of the motion you’re after in Keynote and then open that file in Motion or Final Cut Pro for tweaking and adding of effects. I’ve got my fingers crossed for Snow Leopard!