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Create Map Animations for Video with Apple Keynote

teacher avatar Martin Lehmann, Product Owner in Media Production

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5 Lessons (34m)
    • 1. About This Course

    • 2. Creating Artwork with Keynote

    • 3. Intercontinental Flight Animation

    • 4. City Ride Animation

    • 5. Export and Thanks

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About This Class

In this course you will learn how to use Apple Keynote to create animated maps. While most Mac users know that Keynote is a great tool for creating slide show presentations, its animation engine is actually capable of doing a lot more. 

When you want to add an animated map to your videos you usually have the option to buy plugins for the most common video software like Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro. But if you have a Mac in many cases you don't have to spend money for that. Because you can create animated maps in Keynote almost as fast as you can with a plugin that comes with a lot of options you need to configure. Also, in Keynote you are free to use any map and any vehicle you like and are not limited to whatever the plugin provides.

The course has three chapters. In the first one you learn how to use Keynote to create artwork for your map. While you could just as well use existing graphics or create them in tools like Photoshop, Affinity Designer etc, Keynote is actually very powerful when it comes to creating artwork fast and hassle free. Also you have a few more animation options with assets created in keynote, such as color and shape. 

In the second chapter we will create an intercontinental flight with an intermediary stop. And in the third chapter we look at another technique that's particularly useful for creating complex paths of any shape and length.

The map animations you create in Keynote can then be exported to video. Actually Keynote comes with a variety of professional video codecs that will serve your needs for various target platforms or further editing steps.

Now let's create a map and animate it. I hope you enjoy the trip!

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1. About This Course: Hello and welcome. This course shows you how to create a map animations with Apple Keynote, the presentation software that comes for free with every map. The animations you make can be used in presentations or exported to video, which is what I did with the interests sequence you just saw. You don't need any previous experience with Keynote or animation software in general. Plus, you can use these animations with any map that you like. The course has three chapters. In the first one, you'll learn how to create the artwork for the animation, right within Keynote, and this is optional. You're free to use any other software for that, if you like. In the second chapter, you will use that R4 and animated by creating a flight from bold into your viral intermediary stop and London. Last shot when you create a more complex task or your animation. The example for that is a taxi ride within New York City. But the techniques you'll learn here are not limited to map animations. In fact, motion designers call them path animations, and they're useful for all kinds of movements on screen. For example, think of a maze, a bee flying around the screen, and animate a timetable for public transport, or simply create interesting slides for the next presentation. But before you do that, Let's start with a map animation. 2. Creating Artwork with Keynote: Hey, in this chapter we're going to create the artwork or animation. Now, if you do all your work in another software like Photoshop or Illustrator, you could go right to the chapter on animation. It save yourself some time. But there is an advantage of doing your artwork writing keynote. Not only don't you have to switch between programs, but also you have a few more animation options with our org that you have created in Keynote. So with that being said, let's get started. As a theme. I'm going to use the basic white one and click on Create. In, remove all of the placeholder texts here. So the first thing that I'm going to do is create a world map. And luckily, keynote comes with a large collection of shapes. It's always worth coming here and taking a look if maybe there's something that's useful for you. So if I search for map, there's these four options. And I will pick this one here. And then scale it so that it covers the entire slide. And the next I want to change the background color. So I go to Format and then style, and then go to this drop down list here. And instead of a simple fill color, I'm going to use image fill and click on Choose. And I've created two tiles in Affinity Designer immediately, and I'm going to use them as a background for my roadmap. So I start with the yellow one and click Open. And then I need to make a small adjustment. Instead of scale to fill. I'll go with tile. And then I get this. That was the first half of the background. The second half pretty similar. I go to the shapes collection again, but this time I'm going to choose a basic rectangle. Then covered the entire slide again. And while this is still selected, go to the Format tab one more time to the style tab, then to the fill drop-down. And again choose Image film. I'm going to use the blue tile and go from scale to fill to tile. And you can also change the appearance a little bit with the scale slider. Okay, next I need to bring the blue background behind the world map. And my preferred way of doing this is with the object list. Of the object list is similar, you could say, to the layer panel in Photoshop, for example. And many people don't know the Keynote even has something like that because by default it's not open. And that I can, that I have here is not part of the default Icon Bar. I recommend if you use Keynote a lot for these kind of things, that you change your icon bar and particularly at this list. And I'm not going to show you how to do that here you can go to my other course is called animation with Keynote. Go to the very first chapter. And right at the beginning of that, I showed you how to do that. But there's another way that you can open the object list and you'll find that under the View menu. Show object list. And in the list, I will draw the rectangle under the world map. Now since I am in Keynote, I want to create a very simple intro animation just because it's so easy and fast, do. And I do that by first creating a group out of my two items. So I select them both and then hold down the Option key or the Command key, and then hit the G key. Now that I have created a group, I come to the left here and right-click on this slide. And then select Duplicate. When I select the second slide and scale up the background group. The idea is that I only have the area of the world within the frame where my trip takes place. So in this case it's from Berlin via London to New York. So that will do, I'm going to make one more change it before we turn on the animation. And I go to the group and open it, and then select the world map shape. And then I come to the right in the style panel, go to the border drop-down list and select line. Now I'm going to change color from black to blue. And then I go to the shadow drop-down list and select drop shadow. Then increase the offset by a little bit and the blur as well. So I'm going for a 3D kinda look for this example, and we'll repeat that with some of the other art board we're creating a second. Now I go back to the first slide and then go to the enemy tab. Click on Add and effect and select Magic. Move. Next up, I'm going to create labels for the continents and the ocean, just to make the map look a little more interesting. So I click on text up here in the icon bar, which will then be centered right in the middle of the slide. Change that to America. Change the size to 65 Point, Enter fond to enzymatic assay. And instead of regular, I'm going to pick bold. And finally, instead of the gray color, I'm going to go with a blue one. Then I'm going to create a copy of that by holding down the option key and dragging it with a mouse. Double-click. And then change that to Atlantic. And then Option drag that over here and change that to Europe. So that concludes the background world map. Next up we'll create the labels for the city is the three stops of the flight. For that, I'm going to go with another shape from Keynote, my go to the shapes collection to the search bar, and then search for flag. And I will go with this one. The thing with that flag as though that this is curve, we're going to add a label to that. And since the text of the label is not going to be curved, that looks a little strange. Therefore, I'm going to change that flag and only keep the post and replace this one here with just a simple rectangle. And I do that by right-clicking on it. And then select break apart. Now I have direct access to both separate parts of that flag. We're going to select that one and delete it. And instead go to shave. Basic. Pick the square and use that one. Now the first thing that I see is that it's a little bit too big. So I'm going to make both of these parts smaller. And then I'm going to give that another color. Instead of black, I'll go with red. And then I select the rectangle. Every shape that comes from keynotes own shape collection has a text field option inside. So if I double-click a shape, I can just start typing and there will be text which is centered in the shade. So my first stop is built in and I select the text and I'm going to go with another font for that one instead of Helvetica and lawyer, I go with B bus noise and change the text size to 47 points. Like so. Then I select both the post and the actual flag and create another group out of that, again by holding down the Option key or the Command key and then hitting the G key. I'm going to do one more change to it, like I said before, for this map, I want a little bit of a 3D look like I've already done with the wealth map shape. We're going to do the same thing with this one here. So I double-click the group. Now I have selected the rectangle, and then I go to the style tab to the shadow drop down. But this time instead of the drop shadow, I'm going to use the curve shadow, which is a unique feature in Keynote, probably are going to use it too often. In this case, makes it look as though this was made out of paper. And we're also going to select the post and select the curve shadow as well. Then I moved to Berlin. And then I hold down the option key and drag a copy position at roughly two world London is. And repeat that one more time. Then move another copy over to where? New York, yes. Then I double-click in this group and a double-click into a group, always select the shape that you're clicking on it. And if you double-click again, that will select a text in a shape, I can now change it to New York and then change this one from Berlin to London. The last thing that I need for the animation to work is the plane. If I search for plane, I have a couple of options and I'm gonna go with this one and move that over to Boleyn. Change the color to red and give it a line border with a white color. And that's all for the preparations. How do you like creating graphics and keynote? So I like it because it's so immediate and you can get all the basic stuff done so fast. Anyways, let's get to the animation in the next video. 3. Intercontinental Flight Animation: In this video, we're going to animate the plane so that it takes off. Anne Boleyn goes to London, have a shortstop over there, and then from London to New York. And we're going to create all the animations for that and a little bit more. At the beginning, make sure that the plane is selected. And then we can go top right to the Animate tab and then click on built-in and then on Add and effect. And what I wanna do first is I want to create sort of an intro animation for the plane and an outro animation right after that. So in order to do that, we can add a built in effect. That's why we're in this list. The one that I've picked for this tutorial, because I think it just looks very nice, is the scale effect. I don't know if you saw that once you click on one of those affects, at least for most of them, you'll get a preview right away. But you can always have another preview just by clicking on the preview button up here. So that's what the animation looks like. Now it could be that yours looks different because by default those settings are not the same. You might want to take a look at the duration, which for me is set to 0.75 seconds. And in this drop-down list, and I've had it set to up, as we'll see in a second, I will choose the opposite by setting it to down. For the outro animation, I go to the build out tab, click on, add an effect and again, pick the scale effect. And this time around the direction of the movement doesn't really do it for me. So I come to this drop-down and change it from up to down. Perfect. Now we can take care of the actual flight. So I make sure that the plane is still selected. And then come back up here. And this time I'm going to go with the Action tab. Click on, add an effect. And since I want to move the plane from Berlin to London, I'm gonna go with the effect called move. And by default, keynotes sends any object that you want to move with that effect to the right, which is then represented by the semitransparent icon here, that's the target position of this effect. Of course, I wanted to change that. And I do that by bringing the cursor right to the center of this plane and then drag it to the desired target position, which is London, and let go. That's the first flight. I'm going to do the second one. We're right away, which I can do by either clicking on this little plus sign here in the diamond shape, or alternatively by clicking on the Add Action button. Both of those do exactly the same. So I click on it and choose Move again. And now it's getting a little messy here. But just remember, by default, keynote will send your object to the right or to the east. We could say that's the target position of the second move effects I'm going to click and hold right in the center of the plane and move it over to New York. And there we go. That's the entire flight. If I preview that, pretty much nothing happens. How can that be? Well, let me show you if you're not familiar with how animations in Keynote work on now, let you in on the entire secret which can be found behind this button here labeled build order. This will open this little panel here. And in this panel we have a line here for every animation that we've created thus far, bringing in the plane and bringing out a plane. And then one trip, Berlin, London, one trip, London, New York. That's why we have more entries. Now the order of those are not yet correct. This is the intro animation for the plane and that's the outro animation. I'm going to change that by dragging this one all the way to the end. That's where the outro belongs obviously. And that's the first thing I wanted to do before. I can actually have a meaningful preview. The second thing is I need to connect those animations. As it stands right now. Keynote is expecting me to tell it when to start each one of them. That's what you see when you look down here in the drop-down. All of those are set to onclick, which makes perfect sense for when you are giving a presentation to people in real time. And you want to decide when the next animation should take place. In my case, I want to have one smooth movement all from the beginning to the end. That's why we'll connect those. And I can easily do that by selecting them. And then choosing after built one. In this case here, because those numbers refer to the numbers see up here. So I'm basically telling you, please start this flight after the animation number one has been finished. And by the way, one thing that's a little misleading here is the label airport. That's simply because this plane symbol has been given the name airport by the Apple designers. But you know, in our case, it's a plane, not an airport. And I'll repeat that for the other two animations. And I can save them time by selecting both of them together. And then coming down to the list and choosing after previous belt. Boom. Now we will have one continuous movement. Well, we need to do next is take care of the timing. The first flight from Berlin to learn. I want to have it fly just a tiny bit longer. So I'm going to extend it from 1 second, which is the default for move effects, to 1.50 seconds, which is 1.5 seconds. And for the second flight. Now obviously this has to be much longer because London, New York is no longer trip then Berlin, London. So I'm going to change that to 3.5 seconds. And let's have another look. Yeah, it's a little slow, you could say, but it really depends on what you're doing while this animation is playing, you might wanna do a voice over and tell you viewers what happened during the flight or whatever. And then you would adjust the numbers according to that. Okay, next thing we need to tackle is the orientation of the plane. The nose currently pointing towards the North. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to select it and then hold down the command key and bring the cursor to one of those corner handles here. And then I can rotate it such that the nose is pointing in the direction of London. Now that works for the first trip, but as you can see here in the preview, this orientation remains the same even for the second trip. And there's two options that we have to remedy that. The first one is we can select both flights and then turn on a line to pass. That's a really nice feature that keynote gives us. And what that does is Keynote now automatically changes the rotation of the plane for me. So that's one way to do it, but I'm going to use another way. That's why I'm going to de-select aligned to pet because I want a smooth rotation that looks nicer in this animation. So how do I do that? I cannot assign a duration to any rotation here, but what I can do is select the first movement and then add another effect for right after that. So I click on Add Action. And this time instead of move, I'm going to go with rotate. The rotation itself looks very good, but it's too much. So I'm going to take care of that. While the rotation effect is selected in the Build Order Panel, I have the setting for the angle. And I'm just going to reduce this. And while I do that, I'll have a look here and take a close look at where the nose is pointing up until about here so that it's pointing directly in the direction of New York. Only thing left to do is make sure that the rotation will happen automatically after the first move. So while this is selected, come down to the start parameter and change that to after built two. And now let's have another look. Sweet, isn't it? And here's a little tip. If you want to make consecutive movements like these look a little more organic, a little more realistic, if you will, you can add a delay to them. For instance, let's say we want the first flight to not take place immediately once the plane has been animated in. But we want to wait a short while. We can set the delay parameter here. So I'm going to set it to 1 second. Let's see what that looks like. An emitted in, and then it waits, and then it starts taking off. And you could do that with all of these movements. I'm going to leave it like that for now. Instead, in order to finish this, I'm gonna do another thing that will make this look even better. And that is I want to animate the flag posts. In the object list. I select on New York flag, the London flag, and the Bolin flag. And now I can set the animation parameters for all three of them together. That will just save me some time. So I'll go to the built in tab. Click on add an effect. And I'm going to go with a scale effect. Again. We've already used that for the plane, but it just works for this type of animation. That looks pretty sweet. But I want to change the order in which they appear precisely. What I wanna do is I want to bring in the Bolin flag first, those selected here. And if you hadn't noticed that already, if you select an entry here, the object that this belongs to will also be selected. So I grabbed the Bolin animation and move it all the way to the top because I want to bring that in even before the plane appears. And right after I've done that, I want to make sure that the still one smooth animation. So I click on the next one and say, Please start after built one. And I'm going to take care of the London flag, select that and move it after the first flight because I wanted to appear while the plane is already on its way to London. So as it is right now, we have the flight. And once the flight is finished, the flag would come in because it's set to after Bill 3. And we're going to change that to width built three. And as it stands like that, both of these animations will happen at the same time. But the trick is that I'm going to increase the delay for the flag animation to 0.50 seconds. And let's have a look at that works. I'm going to reduce this to 0.40. And finally, let's repeat that with the New York flag you selected and drag it after the second move effect changed the start from after built 62, width built six, and added a layer as well. But this time since the flight is longer, I'm also going to give it a longer delay, let's say 1.75 seconds. Let's have a look. So that was an animation technique or when you have that consists of multiple steps. In the next video we'll look at a similar approach, but that is better for when you have more complex path, curves and corners and so forth. See you there. 4. City Ride Animation: In this video, we're going to take a look at another way that you can animate an object on a map. The challenges to bring this taxi symbol from Time Square to Metropolitan Opera in one smooth motion can accomplish that by creating just one move effect. So how do we do that? We're going to draw a path and then connect that path to the object. So how can you draw a path in Keynote was basically the same that you would do in another application like Illustrator, there is a pen tool, but admittedly it's a little bit hidden. So we go to the Shapes menu. And then in the top right corner there's this little pen icon. Now that I've clicked that I can create the path by clicking along the way that I want my object to travel. Later on. We're going to go around the corner here and we're going to go around the corner one last time here. And then finish this path by double-clicking. When I zoom in. And you can see that by now we have sharp angles. We can easily fix that. And actually you have a few options for that. So if I select one of those waypoints and then do a right-click, I am presented with three different types that I can choose from. The default one is sharp point, that's the one that was applied already to all of those points. But I can use a smooth point instead, which gives me a pretty good curve, but it's too much for what I need here. Alternatively, the third option, I can make a Bezier point, and that gives me the Bezier handles that you may be familiar with from other tools. So we could smoothen the curves this way or do it in yet another way. And that's my preferred way. When I hover over a section of the paths between two of those waypoints, I'm presented with an additional point between them and I can click and drag that and this way create a curve. For instance, for the circle I hover the mouse between those two points. I can then drag that point in the middle and thus create a beautiful curve. Like so. And that way, I'll adjust the entire path and make it a little more curvy. Now that the path is created and finished, I can connect it to the taxi. The way that I do that is by selecting both the paths and the taxi and holding down the command key. But now that they're both selected, I can go to the Format menu, shapes and lines, and make motion path from shape. And now what keynote expects me to do is to tell it which of those two items that I have selected is actually the path. I mean, it's obvious to us, but not to keynote. So I hover the mouse over the path and it gets highlighted in red. And that tells me that I can now click it. Now, Keynote has attached the path to the taxi. As we can see you when we click on Preview. Now let's fix the timing right there. And we're going to select the taxi, then makes sure that in the Build Order Panel the move effect is selected. And then I'm presented with the options for that move effect. And here we have a duration of 1 second part of fault. Let's try something longer, like four seconds and de-select and acceleration. Let's preview that again. Yeah, looks fine to me. Now the path is still there, but we don't really need it anymore. I could delete it in the animation would still work because of the path was attached to the taxi. I'm going to undo that and make the animation a little prettier by making use of that path. So make sure that it is selected and then formatted differently to begin with. Instead of a black color, I'm going to go with a red color and make it wider. And if you'd like, you can play around with a line patterns. For example, if you're going to animate a pedestrian walking across town, a pattern like this might be more suitable. For this scenario. I'm going to stay with a straight line. Then the next thing that I'm going to do is drag the path underneath of the other objects so that it doesn't sit on top of the taxi like that. And lastly, I'm going to animate that path such that we only see the part of the path that the taxi has already traveled. And the way that we can do that is by giving the path animation the same properties as the taxi move animation. While the path is selected, I go to the enemy tab. Choose built-in. Click on add an effect, and select a line, draw a fact. And as you can see there in the preview of this is pretty much what we want. All we have left to do is tweak the settings. So to begin with, the duration should match the duration of the taxi move, and that was four seconds. And then secondly, the acceleration pattern must match. So instead of ease in and out, I'm going to select none because we had no acceleration for the taxi either end. Finally, what I need to do is make sure that both of these animations begin playing at the same time. So in order to change that, I select the line draw effect. Open the Start drop-down list, and select width. Build one. With no delay. There you have it. That's how easy it is to create more complex path in Apple Keynote. Hope you liked that. 5. Export and Thanks: If you have created your own map animations, congratulations, and please consider sharing it with us in the project section. If you want to export your map animation and use it in a video, then I can show you how goes straight to the chapter on exporting in my other courses here on Skillshare. There you will find all you need to know. Now with that, thank you for taking the course. I hope you enjoyed it and I hope you found it useful.