How to upload an iMovie video to YouTube on your Mac, without leaving the iMovie app

You can upload an iMovie file to YouTube directly from the iMovie app on your Mac computer.

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You can upload an iMovie file to YouTube directly from the iMovie app on your Mac computer.
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  • To upload an iMovie video to YouTube, open the project in the iMovie app and then use the export menu.
  • You can also customize your YouTube upload settings in iMovie, such as the video’s description, tags, and resolution.
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If you’re just learning how to edit videos on your Mac, you might find Apple’s iMovie app to be an easy way to piece together video clips, music, and more.

And luckily, if you’re proud of your finished iMovie product, you don’t have to keep it all to yourself. You can upload an iMovie project to YouTube with just a few clicks – and you don’t even have to leave iMovie to do it.

Here’s how.

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How to upload an iMovie to YouTube within the desktop app

1. Launch iMovie (you can search for the app using Spotlight, or find it by going to your Applications folder).

2. Open the project you want to upload to YouTube by double-clicking it in the Project Viewer.

Click on the iMovie project that you want to upload to YouTube.

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Click on the iMovie project that you want to upload to YouTube.
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3. In the upper right-hand corner, select the export icon – it looks like a small box with an upwards-pointing arrow coming out of it.

4. A list of apps will appear in the drop-down menu. Find the YouTube icon and click it.

Select the export icon, then select

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Select the export icon, then select “YouTube.”
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5. A pop-up window will allow you to edit the title, description, tags, resolution, category, and privacy settings. Once you’ve made your selections, select “Next…” at the bottom. If you’re not already signed into your YouTube account, you’ll be asked to do so here.

Fill out the required fields, and make sure you're signed in to your YouTube account.

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Fill out the required fields, and make sure you’re signed in to your YouTube account.
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6. Next, read the Terms of Service, then select “Publish.”

Select

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Select “Publish.”
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Your video will then begin uploading to YouTube.

Once it’s finished uploading, a notification will appear in the top-right corner of your computer screen. Click on “Visit” in this notification to see the video on your YouTube channel.

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