Adding sound to iPad iMovie

Let’s say you are working on an iMovie and want to add some music or audio that is NOT builtin. Here are some options:

  • Setup your personal iTunes AppleID inSettings. Anything you’ve purchased or Synced using iTunes on a Desktop/Laptop will show up on your iPad [eventually] when you click the Audio tab [top right] and select Playlists/Albums/Artists/Songs.
  • You can record your own audio by clicking the microphone icon, bottom right.
    –> So you could record your narration this way
    –> You could also play a track on a radio, and just place the iPad near the speaker. It’s low-fi, but might work well enough!
  • You can also EMAIL an audio file to yourself.  If you have an MP3, Wav, or AIFF file that you’d like to use, then just email it to yourself.
    –> In the Mail app, open the email. The file[s] should download.
    –> Click the one you want to use. It starts playing.
    –> Click the EXPORT/”Open in….” button, top right – it looks like the square with the arrow pointing UP. Select iMovie.
    –> ….OR in the email message, just click and hold on the audio icon. The “Open in…” box will popup.
    –> iMovie will open, and you can select if you’d like to place the file into a new project, or one you’ve been working on.
    –> The audio clip will be placed at the beginning of the project. You can move it around [and trim it, etc] just like any other clip.

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iMovie audio tab
The Audio tab

You can access your iTunes library **IF** you have things setup just so.
You can access your iTunes library **IF** you have things setup just so.

Click the microophone icon to record your own audio. You can listen to it after recording and even re-do it before accepting the take.
Click the microophone icon to record your own audio. You can listen to it after recording and even re-do it before accepting the take.

After you email audio to yourself, click-n-hold on the audio icon to see the "Open in...." box. Select iMovie.......
After you email audio to yourself, click-n-hold on the audio icon to see the “Open in….” box. Select iMovie…….

.... and then you either start a new project with the audio, OR add the audio to an existing project.
…. and then you either start a new project with the audio, OR add the audio to an existing project.

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