Learn how to add music and songs to iMovie

So you’re creating a video in iMovie on your computer and want to add music to your video (perhaps a song from Thematic 🤓) – we’ve got you covered! It takes just a few minutes.

First, open up iMovie on your computer.

Next, either click Create New to create a new project, or select a project you’ve already started working on.

Create a new project in iMovie

Once you’re in your project, you’ll be able to add your media files, such as photos, music, or videos.

For example, you can click the Add Media button (highlighted in blue in the below example). This will open up a window where you can select the files you would like to add to your project.

How to import media to iMovie

Once you’ve selected the song files, click Import Selected from the pop-up window. This will add it to your project’s My Media tab.

Song File in iMovie

You can also add song and media files to iMovie by dragging them into iMovie. Just open up your Finder window, select the song file, and click and drag it into your Media tab in iMovie to add it to your project’s files.

Drag song file into iMovie

Another way to add music to your project is to select Audio from the navigation bar to load songs from your iTunes library.

Once you have your song and video files loaded, you’re ready to start editing (this is the fun part).

To add the song to your video, select the file from your My Media or Audio tab). Then drag it into your video editor.

From there, you can start your editing! You can line up the audio with your video, adjust the stop/start times, fade in and out, and so much more. I suggest trying out the different tools to get familiar. Before you know it, you’ll be creating tons of videos.

Pro Tip!

We suggest trying out and playing with the different editing options in iMovie so you know what tools you would like to use.

You can also check out this helpful tutorial video from Thematic creator Soumya on how to add music in iMovie:

Visit our Creator Toolkit for additional resources on creating content – including thumbnail and channel art templates, best practices, and of course, great royalty free songs to use in your videos for free with Thematic.

Good luck! We can’t wait to see what you create.