Audio formats available in iMovie
Although iMovie is a video editor, the truth is that it is a perfectly usable application to edit audio files, in fact, many podcasters use this free application to edit their episodes. Actually, iMovie, as with its older brother, Final Cut Pro, provides that opportunity to all users, and without a doubt, it is a perfect way if you already have a certain skill using this program to edit video, since the process is exactly the same.
What kind of files can you use?
IMovie is really a video editing program that is initially designed for beginner users, however, the truth is that it has a great variety in terms of compatible file formats that you can import into the application and that, therefore, you can use to create your audio file. Here is a list of the types of audio files that you can use in iMovie.
Formats to export audio with iMovie
In the same way that there are different types of files that you can import in this editing program, you also have to take into account when choosing iMovie to edit your audio files, which are the formats with which you can export the files of audio that you edit within this application.
Again, despite being an app designed for beginners, the options it provides to the user are really interesting, although it is true that they are less than those you can find in applications like Final Cut Pro, which despite being a professional video editor, it also gives users the opportunity to edit audio with all available tools. Here is a list of all the file formats with which you can export in iMovie.
Steps to follow to edit an audio file
Once you are clear about which audio formats you can work with and which ones you have available to later export your audio file, it’s time to get down to business and start the entire editing process. If you have a minimum experience editing video in iMovie you will be able to verify later that the process is really exactly the same, hence many users use this software to edit audio, since they are very familiar with the tool and this gives them the opportunity to also use it to edit your audio files.
However, if you have never edited a video with iMovie or your experience is very limited with this program, do not worry, since as we have mentioned, this application is designed for all users who are starting in this world, and it is tremendously easy and intuitive to use. In addition, you also have to know that the steps that we are going to indicate are practically the same whether you use iMovie on the Mac, as on the iPad or on the iPhone.
Create your movie
First of all, what you have to do is create your movie, which we usually know as a project, but Apple in iMovie has called it this way. To do this, below we provide you with all the steps you have to carry out to be able to do it correctly.
- Click on «Create new».
- Select “Movie”.
Well, after these two simple steps, you have your project, or movie, whatever you want to call it, created in iMovie. Now what you have to do is import the files you want to edit in order to obtain the final result you are looking for with them. To do this, all you have to do is follow the following steps.
- Put yourself inside your movie.
- Click on “Import content.”
- Navigate to the location where the files you want to import are located.
- Select the files.
- Click “Import Selection”.
With these simple steps you already have everything you need to get to work, on the one hand you have the project or film creator and also, within it you will already find all the files that you are going to have to use to later edit your file. audio and get the result you are looking for. We will continue to talk to you about this below.
Perform file editing
Once you have everything you need to edit your audio file, you just have to get down to work. Fortunately, as we have mentioned before, iMovie is a program for beginners, however, this does not mean that it does not have enough tools to be able to obtain a really fantastic result. In fact, with the ways that this application provides you can obtain very professional results. You will have the opportunity to cut, paste, copy, raise and lower the volume, add transitions between the different clips or even superimpose several of them to create fantastic effects, in short, that except for users who have very high demands, with iMovie you will be able to carry out your audio editing without any problem.
In addition, another advantage that iMovie has is how easy and intuitive it is to use this application. This is a fundamental factor especially considering that this app is designed for many users to start in this world, mainly in the world of video editing, but also in that of audio editing.
How to export the file and what to do next
Obviously, the process of creating an audio file does not end when you finish editing it, but later, if you want that audio file to be heard by more people you have to export it, otherwise you will not be able to share your work. To do this, below we explain how you can export your audio file in just a few seconds and without any complications.
Can audio files be exported on iPhone and iPad?
Surely when reading this headline you have feared the worst, and it is. Unfortunately, the iMovie application that is available for both iOS and iPadOS allows you to edit audio files that you can import from other locations at any time, but when exporting it, the only option you have is to do it as a video file. in which the image will be black at all times and its audio will be heard.
However, if or if you want to carry out all this process through an iPhone or iPad, the only alternative you have to obtain an audio file is, once you have exported the video from iMovie, use a third-party application to transform that video file into an audio file with the format you need.
So you can export on Mac
Well, you have already edited your audio file, it is really now, at the moment of exporting it, when you have to tell iMovie that what you want to obtain is only an audio file and not a video and audio file as it is configured by default. This export process will only take you a few seconds and, depending on the size of your project and the capabilities of your computer, it will take the Mac itself to generate to finish the export correctly. Here are the steps you have to follow in order to export your audio file.
- Put yourself inside your movie.
- Click on the share icon located at the top right of the screen.
- Select “Export file”.
- Fill in the description.
- Select the labels you want it to carry.
- In «Format» select «Audio only».
- Choose the file format among those provided by the application.
- Click Next.
- Name the file to be generated and select the location where you want to save it.
- Click Save
What can you do with your audio file?
Once you have your audio file edited and perfectly exported, it is time to know what you want to do with it. Fortunately, the possibilities you have are very great and, of course, also very varied. On the one hand, you can upload your file as a podcast to different podcasting applications, send it through different messaging apps such as Telegram, WhatsApp, or you can even use it to set some of the videos you want to edit. However, here is a list of some of the possibilities you have when it comes to putting your audio file to work.
- Upload it to a podcasting platform like Anchor or Ivoox to convert your audio file into one more episode of your podcast.
- Use the audio file to set the scene or to add it to the editing of a video.
- Reissue it in another audio editing application in case you want to change other settings.
- Share your audio file through messaging applications.
- Upload it to specific audio social networks.