Using iMovie To Create a YouTube Music Video

Since I’m a classical musician and only compose instrumentals at this time, I never felt the need to set aside any significant budget for the purpose of creating a professional music video.  Every DIY music marketing guide that I’ve come across does recommend that artists put their music out on YouTube since tons of new music gets discovered there daily and has the greatest potential of going viral from that platform.  One day in the future when I start writing better lyrics, I will probably consider making a real music video, but for now, I just use iMovie to combine a static image with my mp3 file to create a quick and dirty video to post on YouTube.  Here is what I do:

  • Click on the ‘iMovie’ icon to launch the application.

iMovie Application

  • Next, click on the ‘Projects’ menu item at the top left of the screen.  This will display all of my saved projects and give me the option to add a new project.

Projects Button


  • Now, click on the ‘+’ button and select the ‘Movie’ option.

Add Movie Button

  • The ‘Themes’ screen will pop up.  On this screen, select the ‘No Theme’ option and then, click on the ‘Create’ button.

Select 'No Theme' Theme

  • Type in a name for your movie and click the ‘OK’ button.

iMovie project name

  • Here is where you click on the ‘Import Media’ arrow to add your picture file and mp3 recording to your new movie project.
  • Double click on the audio file to select the entire region and then drag-and-drop it into your work space below in the bottom pane.  Do the same with your image.  You will want extend the length of your image to match the length of your song by dragging the right edge to the desired location.

Work space

  • Make sure your image is selected in the bottom work space pane, and then select the crop icon in the playback area.  I always choose the ‘Fit’ option so that my image gets automatically resized to fit within the viewing area.
  • Now, it’s time to click on the ‘Share’ button to post my movie file on YouTube.

iMovie Share Button

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