How to Upload Videos to YouTube Using IMovie




Introduction: How to Upload Videos to YouTube Using IMovie

These instructions are designed to teach you how to upload high quality videos from iMovie HD 7 to YouTube. Go to this link for complete video instructions:

Step 1: Prerequisites

• You have transferred the video files from your camera to the computer

• You have created a YouTube account

• iMovie HD 7 is installed on your Mac OSX 10.6 computer

Step 2: Importing Raw Video Into IMovie HD 7

1. Open iMovie

2. Click on Create New Project

3. Title your project

     • Under video format select DV Widescreen

4. Click create

5. Open the folder containing the raw video using a Finder window

    • Drag the file(s) into one of the gray tiles on the right side of the iMovie interface

Step 3: Creating Your .MOV Output File

Titling your movie

1. Click on the editing option on the bottom right of the iMovie window

2. Click on the Titles box on the top right of the iMovie window

3. Choose a title appearance from the dialog box

4. Type your title into the text box

5. Click add located below the text box

Step 4: Sequencing the Raw Videos

1. Click on the clips button

2. Drag clips into the time line box in the desired order

Step 5: Selecting the Video Output Options

1. Click on the share option at the very top of the screen

2. Select quicktime from the drop down menu

3. Select Expert Setting from the Compress Movie drop-down menu

4. Click Share

5. Click on options in the Save exported file as. .. box

6. Click settings under the video menu

    • Set compression type to H.264

    • Set frame rate to 30

    • Set key frames to every 30 frames

    • Set data rate to Restrict to 5000kbits /sec

    • Set optimization for streaming

    • Click ok

7. Click Size under the video menu

    • Select 1280x720 HD

    • Check the deinterlace source video box

    • Click ok

8. Click settings under the sound menu

    • Set format to AAC

    • Set channels to stereo

    • Set rate to 44.100 kHZ

    • Click on Show advanced settings

    • Set quality to normal

    • Set encoding strategy to average bit rate

    • Set target bit rate to320 kbps

    • Click ok

9. Click ok under the movie settings menu

10. Click on save under the save exported file box to start exporting raw video

Step 6: Importing Video to YouTube

1. Log into your YouTube account

2. Select upload at the top right corner

3. Click on upload video

4. Open a Finder window containing the newly created .MOV video

5. Drag .MOV video to the dashed rectangle on Youtube upload screen

6. Click ok

7. Select desired settings under the video information and privacy setting boxes

8. Click save changes below the license selection boxes

9. Copy the URL listed under sharing options

10. Open a new browser window and paste the URL into it

Step 7: Video of Process

Follow this link for a video of the instructions:

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    5 years ago

    If you're to import YouTube to iMovie, the first step is always download the video at first. In order to do so, I prefer to use the free download service provided by sites like This site lets me download videos in MOV formats and make it compatible with iMovie. More tips are here:


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Having the pre-requisites as a separate step was somewhat odd; it would be better if they were included in something that is not a step. The steps are clear, but can be confusing for those with no knowledge beforehand of the programs. I feel Step Five could be split up for added clarity as well. Finally, Step 3's subtitle is either unnecessary, or should be the title of Step 3 itself, otherwise it breaks up the flow a bit. On the nitpicky side of things, in the images for Step 5, one picture seems to have been put in twice. Otherwise, the instructions are well-put and helpful.

    This is a good tutorial for uploading iMovie to YouTube. Just to nitpick, in addition to what others have commented upon regarding wordiness and a few select problems (which you have corrected), it might be helpful to separate some of the sub-step instructions in order to space out the information. It seems a little congested at times. Specifically, I am referring to the somewhat long Steps 5 and 6. Otherwise, great job!

    Ashton Brown
    ENGL313, Fall 2011

    the instructions were good enough for me to able to do on my own, but I can see how a person, that does not have any background with this stuff, might have a tough time.

    I thought that overall your instructions were very helpful. I have to agree with some of the additional comments, Step 1: "Assumptions" is a bit confusing but is only a minor adjustment. "Pre-Requisites" would work better here or "Prior to Starting." Otherwise, the pictures are very helpful. They clearly direct first-time users in the right direction. Overall, great job. - Ryan Antisdale


    9 years ago on Introduction

    This was a good tutorial, I feel like the images did help. I think the only problem might be that I feel like you may have to have some background knowledge, not made for beginners really but overall, good job! -Maryam N.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Overall, it is a pretty good tutorial. I agree with the other comments about the "assumptions" section. Also, I would consider including comments for your images. It is fairly easy to do through instructables.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Great instructions. A little wordy and remember that users have to backtrack some.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Your instructions were helpful overall. But i agree with the other comment, change the first step "Assumptions" to something else, maybe "Before you start" or "Pre-requisites". otherwise very well done.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Pretty helpful. Step 1 "Assumptions" is weird. Maybe "Pre-Requisites"?