Sep 11


There have been many times that I have been given a keynote file from someone, and I want to get the movie out of it and save just the movie  (or a picture) as a separate file.  You used to be able to right click and select “view package contents” but  that doesn’t work anymore. Here’s how to do it now.

1. Find the keynote file in the finder.

2. Right click on the keynote file and select ‘duplicate’. This is so that you are working on a copy and won’t hurt the original file.

Duplicate the keynote file

Duplicate the keynote file

3. Click on the filename of the new keynote file so that the filename is selected, press right arrow and type ‘.zip’ after the filename. In my example I’m changing it from ‘OCC copy’ to ‘OCC’.

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4. It will prompt you to make sure, click ‘’.

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5. Now double click on the .zip file and it will create a folder.

6. Open the folder and inside the folder will be all the movies and pictures from your keynote file! You can copy them, move them, whatever you want!

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30 Responses to “How to extract a movie or photo out of a Keynote presentation”

  1. Allan says:

    This is fantastic! So simple. Thanks heaps Wayne!

  2. Jennifer says:

    What a simple yet brilliant solution. Thank you!

  3. DPKR says:

    Thanks a ton mate! Cheers!

  4. Jeff says:

    Even easier is to select the image, locate the portion of the inspector that shows the file name of the image, and drag the file name and its little icon to your desktop, or wherever.

  5. Jen says:

    I wish I had found this post long ago. Thank you!

  6. Asha says:

    Nice, thank you!

  7. John says:

    I have been using Keynote forever. This is the best trick I have ever seen in my years (over 30) of making presentations. The information is invaluable.

  8. Josh says:

    When i do this, the photo then becomes small and pixilated….

    • Wayne says:

      Ah, yes, there can be 2 versions of the picture, one is the actual picture, the other one is a thumbnail preview of the picture that pages makes that is a lot smaller. Can you see a different version of the picture that you can open? It will probably have a similar filename.

  9. Rick says:

    A big help, THANKS!

  10. Lalo says:

    Thanks!!! amazing!

  11. Gagan Velayudhan says:

    Excellent solution! Works in a jiffy!

  12. sophie says:

    lifesaver ! many thanks !

  13. Kelly says:


  14. Doc@ says:

    Thank you! Very easy! Great!

  15. Theo says:

    Amazing solution! Thanx!

  16. Marc says:

    Amazing! Thx a lot, you really helped me out with this

  17. James says:

    Awesome, saved my bacon today. Thanks :o)

  18. David says:

    Thank you , Thank you, Thank you. I have been trying to figure this out for years and even tried to get help at the Apple Store, all to no avail. What a relief.

  19. Babbledrat says:

    You sir, are legend.

  20. AldoPak says:

    Brillant!! Thanks so much

  21. Kelli says:

    wonderful quick and easy! Adobe help is useless…

  22. Paul says:

    perfect. Thx!

  23. matt says:

    followed the tip, great but extracted vids have no sound?

    • matt says:

      nevermind, it took about 20 minutes for the files to work. Its fine! I imported into premiere pro, could see the video but no audio….blogs said to wait…I did….it eventually worked.

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