How to Make Album Art Music Videos in iMovie

In this guide I’m going to show you how to make simple album art videos for your tracks which you can upload to YouTube etc.

I realised recently that I haven’t been utilising my band’s youtube channel to its full potential as I have a tonne of tracks not on there and you know me, I like my music to be available everywhere. So, I’m going to take some time to make some videos for each track which are basically going to be using its release’s artwork for the visual. I’ll show you how you can do it too!

Let me first say that the bulk of this video is mostly about doing this with an Apple Mac but I will recommend some alternatives later on.

Creating an Album Art Video on a Mac

So for this I’m going to be using iMovie which is free if you have an Apple Mac. If you haven’t got it, just head over the to App store and download it. It doesn’t come bundled with the latest Windows OS but you can download it here.

iMovie on the App Store
iMovie on the App Store

#1 – Right let’s jump in. Open iMovie and making sure the Projects tab is selected, hit Create and select Movie.

Create a Movie in iMovie
Create a Movie in iMovie

#2 – As you can see we have the media and project selections on the top left, movie preview on the right and timeline on the bottom

iMovie Layout Screen
iMovie Layout Screen

#3 – Hit the Import Media button and locate your album artwork. Repeat this step for your music track. You can also drag your media into the window if that’s easier.

#4 – Now drag the artwork onto the timeline. It should right slot into place. After that do the same with the music track but drop it underneath the artwork.

Drag media onto the iMovie timeline
Drag media onto the iMovie timeline

#5 – Adjust the slider underneath the preview window so we can see the entire timeline within the window.

#6 – We need to make sure the artwork is displayed for the duration of the music track. Click on the artwork in the timeline. You should be able to click on its right side and drag it over to the right so it stretches to the end of the track.

Stretching the artwork across the track
Stretching the artwork across the track

#7 – We’re now ready to create our movie file. Click on the share button on the top left. I would suggest choosing the File option at this point so we have something that can be shared to multiple places later, but do think about using the YouTube or Facebook option if that’s easier for you.

iMovie Share Options
iMovie Share Options

#8 – In the pop up box that appears, rename you movie to the name of your track and click on Next. Choose somewhere to save your movie and click Save.

Save Movie in iMovie
Save Movie in iMovie

You’ll be notified when it’s finished rendering. You can now go ahead and upload it to wherever you like!

CREATING AN ALBUM ART VIDEO ON Windows

Using Windows Movie Maker

I don’t have a PC at the moment but back in the day I did use a decent bit of built in software called Windows Movie Maker when I did. Microsoft have now discontinued the software but it’s still available archived on other sites.

Windows Movie Maker Archive
Windows Movie Maker Archive

That’s it! Hope that helps you get your music out there a little bit further than before. Let me know if you have any questions down below, or just say hi.



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