Best Method to Add YouTube Music to iMovie

Updated by Adam Gorden on Aug. 12, 2021 6:15 PM.

The background music frequently makes your video more amazing and interesting. iMovie, a professional video editing software, gives you the chance to add background music and sound effect to your project. With the joining of background music, your videos will become more professional and distinctive.

It is not easy to find an appropriate music as background music but YouTube is a good place for you to find music. In this article, we will offer a solution for you to add YouTube music as background music in iMovie. The first part is to download YouTube music, and the second part is to set the downloaded YouTube music as background music.

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Part 1. YouTube Music & iMovie: What You Should Know
Part 2. Best Way to Download Music from YouTube
Part 3. How to Put Music on iMovie from YouTube
Part 4. FAQs about Adding Music to iMovie

Part 1. Can You Add Music to iMovie from YouTube?

iMovie, developed by Apple, is a video editing software designed to help you become a filmmaker and create fun quickly. This awesome video editor works only on Apple operating systems, including macOS, iOS, and iPadOS. And it includes excellent tools for media organization, color grading, green-screen effects and soundtrack in your videos. Despite being powerful, it supports a limited range of media formats as shown below.

iMovie Supported Audio Formats MP3, WAV, M4A, AIFF, AAC
iMovie Supported Video Formats MP4, MOV, MPEG-2, AVCHD, DV, HDV, MPEG-4, H.264

Therefore, if a media source appears unavailable on your device, it may be of a type not supported by iMovie, or it may be protected by Digital Rights Management. YouTube Music falls into the second case. Even though you've downloaded YouTube songs for offline listening, you can only stream them within the music player rather than apply in other media platforms.

If you want to add YouTube music to iMovie, you should first remove DRM restrictions and convert YouTube songs to iMovie supported formats such as MP3. All you need is a professional YouTube Music Downloader. Read on for the next section that will show you an effective method to import YouTube music to iMovie.

Part 2. How to Download YouTube Music to iMovie

There is no accurate official number of tracks covered by YouTube, and YouTube is also home to thousands of non-label tracks which you cannot find on any other music streaming platforms. However, you are not able to download YouTube music to physical files directly. Thus, you don't have the ability to apply YouTube music to iMovie.

That's all right. You just need a YouTube music to iMovie converter, then your problem will be solved. We do recommend TunesKit Audio Capture to you. It can help you download and convert music from YouTube to several popular audio formats without subscribing to membership plans on YouTube.

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Key Feature of TunesKit YouTube Downloader

  • Record audio from YouTube Music to FLAC, MP3, AAC, M4A, M4B, WAV
  • Download and capture streaming audio from any programs and websites
  • Preserve streaming music with the original audio quality and full ID3 tags
  • Support many customization functions like trimming, cutting, and merging
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1Set up TunesKit Audio Capture on the computer

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Once you launch TunesKit Audio Capture on your computer, you will see there are lots of programs listed on the interface of TunesKit. You need to check whether there is a browser for navigating to YouTube website. If not, drag and drop the browser to the main home.

2Configure the output audio parameter and formats

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Click the Format icon to configure the output audio parameters. There are up to six audio formats including MP3, FLAC, AAC, WAV, M4A, and M4B for you choose from and you need to set it as MP3 files. You also could adjust the value of bit rate, sample rate, and channel.

3Download and convert music from YouTube to MP3

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Open the browser from TunesKit and enter YouTube website to start the playback of the track. Wait for several seconds and the program will download YouTube music. Then you could stop the recording and trim the recorded YouTube music as you like.

4Save the recorded YouTube music after customization

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You could go to edit these downloaded YouTube music files by clicking the "Edit" button at the rear of each track. With the service, you could trim and merge all YouTube music tracks. Then save all your edited music tracks to your computer after customization.

Part 3. How to Add YouTube Music to iMovie

Once all YouTube songs you want are downloaded to your computer by TunesKit software, you could begin to move any one of them to your project in iMovie. There are two sections which introduces the different steps for adding music to iMovie on iOS devices and Mac.

# 1: How to add YouTube music to iMovie on iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch

Although all your required YouTube music has been converted to iMovie supported audio formats, you need to move them to your iOS devices using iTunes or iCloud first. Then you have the ability to import YouTube song to iMovie for further setting.

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Step 1. Open your project in iMovie and tap the Add Media button.
Step 2. Tap Audio, and then tap My Music to browse YouTube songs you've synced to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch in the Music app.
Step 3. Choose a YouTube song you want to add as the background music in iMovie and tap the selected YouTube songs to preview it.
Step 4. Tap the Plus tab next to a song to add YouTube song to your project in iMovie, and then you'll find that YouTube song will be added at the bottom of the project timeline.

# 2: How to add YouTube songs to iMovie on Mac

It is easier for you to use YouTube song in iMovie on Mac. You could drag YouTube music file into the project timeline from the Finder and the Desktop. YouTube music files dragged into the timeline behave differently depending on where you drag them.

To add YouTube music file to a particular video clip: drag YouTube music file to just below the video clip so a bar connecting the clip appears. Then release the mouse button when you see the green Add symbol to set YouTube music as background music in iMovie project.

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To add YouTube music file to iMovie project: simply drag and drop YouTube music file to your project. Then release the mouse button once you see the greed Add symbol to add YouTube song to iMovie project as background music.

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Part 4. FAQs about Adding Music to iMovie

Q1: How to Add Sound Effects in iMovie on Mac

iMovie offers users a library of sound effects, you can choose any to your project as you like. On your Mac, select the audio clip in the timeline, and click the Video and Audio Effects button, then turn to the Audio Effect option. Now you're free to select any audio effects.

Q2: How to Add Music to iMovie from Spotify

Currently, Spotify, like YouTube Music, isn't compatible with iMovie, so you can't add Spotify music directly to iMovie directly. Luckily, your problem will be solved with a powerful Spotify Music Converter.

Q3: How to Change the Background Music in iMovie?

If the background music you've selected doesn't fit your project, just delete the audio file in the timeline and replace it with a new one. As for adding a new one, just click the Media tab and drag a new audio file to the timeline.

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