How to Add Free Audio to your iMovies (For Students and Teachers)

imovieWe all know that iMovie is extremely limited in its ability to let you choose various kinds of audio music

to overlay your images and video.  I was getting tired of the same old music from the iMovies collection after making countless videos using the free, included songs.  Without adding illegal songs and audio from Youtube, I was at a loss as to how to get new and free-to-use music into my movies and my students.



Introducing Youtube Audio Library.

If you haven’t already heard about YouTube’s free songs, you really should check it out.
Go to My Channel in your Youtube Account and Click on “Video Manager” on the main screen.

Then, on the sidebar, options will be available for You Tube’s “Create” tools.  Within this menu is an option for the audio library.  Here, you can select Genre, Mood and Duration as filters, to name a few.  I selected audio clips less than 1:30 and created a few folders in my Drive of these tracts related to emotions, duration and genre (keep it simple to start).  10 songs in each folder is a good place to start which limits the options that students need to sift through.  After sharing these with student google groups, I taught them how to add this folder to their Drive.  Once they were able to do this, they now have a selection of songs available for their movies at their fingertips.

BUT, how do you get them into iMovie?

  1. Open Drive on the iPad.
  2. Locate the Folder with the Audio files in it.
  3. Find the file you want to use and click the 3 vertical dots next to the mp3.
  4. Choose “Send a Copy”



5. Then choose “Open in”



It will now prepare to export and give you the apps you can open the audio file in.  Choose Import with iMovie.  You will notice that you can import with Stop Motion (although I can’t seem to get it to work in this app), Explain Everything and Book Creator (Which I’m really excited about!).  I will create another post about where to find the audio file in Book Creator.

6. When you select iMovie, it will ask you to select a project or create a new one and the file drops in as easy as that.  Then, you’re done!



Enjoy and if you find other ways to use audio files from Drive into other apps, please leave a comment and let me know.

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