How to Upload iMovie Video to YouTube (with iMovie or third-party tools)

Last Updated on February 2, 2021 by Leo Standy

iMovie is the most reasonable choice for editing videos on macOS. It is designed and created by Apple Inc. So you can expect a excellent user-experience while using it on making videos. AND, people won’t make a video and keep it on local and watch it alone slinkingly. No, they want to share the video they made, upload them online, mostly to YouTube. In the regard of that, iMovie evolved with uploading feature for people who want to share iMovie videos on YouTube.

Upload iMovie to YouTube

It should be very easy for you to find the way to upload video from iMovie to YouTube, or to upload a video created by iMovie to YouTune, while things happen unexpectedly, so, in the following of the article, I will walk you through the detailed steps. Please just follow my lead and we will have your iMovie video uploaded to YouTube.

The very first thing you have to do before upload an iMovie video, you should create a YouTube account if you don’t have one. Then do remember to verify your Google Account to eliminate the upload video length limit, then you can upload videos longer than 15 minutes and the new maximum upload size will be set to 128GB or 12 hours length. You will see the Verify box during your uploading an over-15-minute video to YouTube.

#1 How to Upload Video from iMovie to YouTube

The first method is to upload videos directly from iMovie. Please note that Youtube does not support uploading iMovie projects, so when you are upload iMovie project form iMovie, it will export your iMovie project to MOV format and then upload the file to YouTube.
Let’s do it now.

Step 1 Launch iMovie on your computer and open the iMovie project that you have made. If you need it, you can edit your project before upload. On the top bar, click the Share icon and then choose the YouTube option in the pop-up list.

Step 2 You will be prompted with a YouTube window. Log in your YouTube account and then fill out the Title, Description, and Tags, select a Category and a Privacy option.

Step 3 Then click Next to proceed to upload the iMovie video. It may take some time for the uploading depending on your internet connection and file size. Want to speed up the uploading, read this post.

Note: When we upload videos in this way, it is very likely that we will encounter this situation: YouTube doesn’t support your iMovie video, and it will not be displayed.

The most likely cause of this phenomenon is that iMovie’s video format is not compatible with YouTube.

  • YouTube supports: .mov, .mp4, .avi, .wmv, .flv, .3gpp.
  • iMovie supports: mov, .m4v, .avi, .mp4.

From this, you can see that there are overlapped and different video formats supported by two parties. What if your video format just happens to be unsupported by YouTube? Don’t worry, read on.

#2 How to Upload iMovie Video to YouTube with website

iMovie exported videos are not 100% compatible with YouTube. The solution is simple. We just need to convert the video format in advance.

Before we do that, let’s check the video format and parameters that YouTube recommended.

  • Container: MP4
  • Video codec: H.264

Keep these two strings and we are going to start converting the iMovie video to a YouTube recommended video format.

When it comes to converting video format, this tool is essential. Video Converter Ultimate is a very good and easy to use tool that is compatible with Windows and Mac and comes with a free trial version, which can help us convert video to the formats that you wanted.

  1. It can import and output 100+ video and audio formats, for example, MP4, FLV, MOV, MP3…
  2. It can edit video. For instance, change 2D video to 3D video, add watermark…

Step 1 Download and run the software. Add the iMovie video to the program by clicking the Add File button.

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Step 2 If you want to do more changes in your videos, you can click on the Trim, 3D or Edit button in the main interface. The Trim function can help us trim the length of the video to cater to YouTube. If you don’t need any changes, skip this step.

Step 3 Click the down triangle button on the left side of Settings, scroll down the left pane and click on the Streaming Video. In the new pop-up window, select YouTube HD Video or YouTube Video as output format.

Convert iMovie M4V to MP4 for YouTube Upload

Step 4 Then click the Convert button to officially initiate the video conversion.

The converted video will be saved on the computer. Locate the file and upload it to YouTube with a web browser or you can definitely transfer the iMovie video to your Phone, and then upload the video via the YouTube app.