How to Convert a MP3 to a YouTube iMovie


If you have a great piece of media that you want to share with the world, many people turn to YouTube. The only problem is, the site is for video, not audio alone, so if you have an audio track you want to share, things can get sticky. But never fear. The easiest workaround for this is to upload your music to iMovie, and add in a piece of video to go along with it. You can then upload your new audio and video track directly to YouTube from iMovie.

  • Open iMovie and click "File" then "New Project." Type in a name for the new project, then click "Create."

  • Click on the "T" icon below the Video Viewer. Since neither iMovie nor YouTube allow you to create a file with audio and no video, you need to create a blank title page to "anchor" the audio track. From the menu that appears under the Effects icons, click on the "Centered" box and drag it to the Timeline.

  • Click the blue box that appears above the title box you just dragged over. In the Video Viewer pane you will see text that reads "Title Text Here." Replace that text with something that describes your audio, or click on the boxes and click "Delete" to have a plain black box.

  • Double click on the title box in the Timeline. An Inspector window should appear with a box titled "Duration." Type in the length of your audio track -- so if your audio is one minute long, type in "60:00," then click "Done." You've just created a minute-long frame of black that you can now lay your audio over.

  • Click on the "music notes" icon under the Video Viewer. Your iTunes folders should appear under the Video Viewer. Click on the MP3 you want to use and drag it to the Timeline, under the black frame you created. Point your cursor to the beginning of the track and press the Spacebar to play the track and make sure it's working properly with the black frame.

  • Click "Share" then "YouTube" to send the new project to your YouTube account. Enter in your YouTube username and password when prompted. Your video may take a few minutes or a few hours to upload to YouTube.

Tips & Warnings

  • To import your mp3 into iMovie, the file will need to be located in your iTunes program.
  • Instead of using a black frame, you can also import pictures from your iPhoto files as a slideshow or single frame. Click the camera icon under the Video Viewer, then drag your photos to the Timeline from the menu that appears. Double click the photos to open the Inspector that allows you to change the duration of time the photo appears.

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