Stimulated by the interested shown in the solving of the Final Cut Pro X sneak peek keynote build effect, I’ve raced ahead and included two more Keynote files, this time of my own making.
In the first, I feature something I spend some time on in Presentation Magic workshops, especially for scientists and academics, and that is the use of data visualization or good old graphs and charts. (I cite Edward Tufte and Stephen Few’s work richly, as well as Florence Nightingale. Huh? You’ll have to attend to understand why!)
Keynote is very rich in ways to graphically illustrate data, and there are better ways than others to use such visuals to engage your audience and explain complex relationships even to naive audiences. Some would say a great graph is the best way to work with such audiences.
In the video below, I look at a very simple graph which is a Keynote default comparing two regions’ growth over a time period. What I’m interested in is the area between the lines, as you’ll see, below.
You could draw each line separately, or you could show them both simultaneously, then highlight as I have in the video, below, the meaning of the area between the lines.
So here is the video of the effect I’d like you to think about. The wipe transition I used to fill the area between the brown and green lines is not a current feature of Keynote, so how was it done?
In the second brain tease, literally, I’m showing a glow callout, as I like to call it. Here is where I emulate as best I can in standard Keynote 5 a CGI effect from a professional documentary. I showed a similar effect to the Keynote engineering team a few years ago in the hope they could include such an effect yet with Apple simplicity of use in the next version of Keynote. Still waiting…
Can you deduce how it was done? Solutions in the next few days…
UPDATE: Lots of clever Keynote users out there skipping steps and coming up with solutions in the comments. Perhaps these challenges are too easy for some.
Still, at Macworld workshops, my experience is that many people are hungry to learn Keynote’s tricks of the trade, as well as incorporate third party apps to make up for its deficiencies. More of that to come. If you are a self-proclaimed Keynote guru, send along a challenging quicktime movie of your effect, and let’s see how the crowds source an answer. But only created in Keynote please.