When I need to highlight an application workflow in a Keynote presentation, I prefer to include a short screen recording of the workflow rather than break out of Keynote and perform the task live. Additionally, I’ve found it useful to convert those screen captures into animated GIFs1 which drastically reduces the file size and makes them easier to share across platforms and devices.
However, if you attempt to include those animated GIFs in a Keynote presentation, you’ll quickly discover that it will only display the first frame of the GIF file, not the entire series of frames. Luckily, there’s a dead simple workaround to get your animations going again:
- Duplicate the GIF file
- Change the file extension on the copy from GIF to MOV
- Drag the MOV file into Keynote
Now, Keynote will treat the file as a movie. You can control the playback properties via the Movie Inspector pane as you would if it were a QuickTime file.