How to Add Tidal Music to iMovie [Fixed]

By Miley Swift Updated on 2024-05-31 / Update for Tidal Tips

When you create an iMovie project, you add transitions and cut video clips. Is that all? How do you make your creation more appealing? One of the most likely answers is adding music to iMovie as background music. To get music for your video in iMovie, Tidal seems a nice music library cause it has over 110M tracks with HiFi quality.

Is it easy to add Tidal music to iMovie? Although you can edit your own music in iMovie, it is not a simple task to add Tidal Music. Why? See the reason and find a solution in the following content.

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Part 1. What's iMovie & Why Can't I Add Tidal Music to iMovie

What's iMovie

iMovie is Apple's official free video editing program. It enables users to create and edit a video presentation or a stunning 4K-resolution movie on macOS and iOS devices. It comes with lots of wonderful and amazing features for editing. For example, studio-quality titles, extra-special effects, high-fidelity filters, sound effects, and sharing movie projects.

Apart from featuring built-in functions, iMovie also supports adding kinds of files. It supports a wide variety of video formats, audio formats, still-image formats, and container formats. All will aim to create an excellent movie. Here, we will give a detailed introduction to iMovie-compatible video and audio formats.

iMovie Support Audio File Formats: M4A, AAC, AIFF, BWF, CAF, MP3, MP4, RF64, WAV

iMovie Supported Video File Formats: MOV, HDV, DV, H.264, MP4G-4, AVCHD, MPEG-2, MP4

FYI: Add Audio Files to Your iMovie Project

Why Can't I Get Music into iMovie from Tidal

You might find iMovie supports importing certain audio formats but doesn't support streaming music, including Tidal music. It's obvious why you can't add music in iMovie from Tidal. To adhere to copyright laws, Tidal songs can't be directly taken out of the app and web player. So, you can't upload Tidal music to iMovie for use even if you subscribe to a TIDAL plan.

Therefore, it's necessary to get help from AudFree Tidal Music Converter. This tool can convert Tidal songs to local files. With Tidal local music, you will easily get music into iMovie for editing.

Part 2. How to Download Tidal Music for iMovie 

To add background music to iMovie from Tidal, you should get the unprotected Tidal files. And you can locate them on your Mac computer or iOS device. That's to say, Tidal files should be saved as your own audio files.

AudFree Tidal Music Converter for Mac is a tool that can meet your needs. It empowers you to download Tidal music, playlists, and albums locally. Besides, it converts Tidal to supported iMovie audio formats with nearly 100% lossless audio quality. It can also save all ID3 tags in the converted Tidal files.

AudFree Tidal Music Converter for Mac

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How to Download Music for iMovie from Tidal

It's easy to download and convert Tidal music to iMovie-compatible audio files on Mac and Windows. Since iMovie is only available for macOS, here, we will take the Mac version as an example to show you how it works. Please note that you need to purchase the full version to unlock the limited conversion time. Otherwise, this music converter only allows you to get the first one min of each song.

Step 1Add Tidal music to AudFree Tidal Converter
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AudFree Tidal Music Converter needs to work well with the Tidal desktop app. Please make sure you have downloaded and installed it on your Mac before getting started. And then you can click the AudFree Tidable icon to launch it. The Tidal app will open at the same time. Now, find the Tidal music you'd like to export to iMovie. Please copy and paste the Tidal track link to the search box of AudFree and click the '+' button to load them.
Step 2Customize Tidal audio format for iMovie
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iMovie supports AAC, MP3, M4A, WAV, AIFF, MP4, etc. AudFree Tidal Music Converter can define output format as MP3, WAV, AAC, FLAC, M4A and M4B. After combining the two, you can choose the output format as AAC, M4A, MP3, or WAV. Please click the 'AudFree Tidal Music Converter' from Apple's top-right menu bar. It will show a new window, in which you can select the 'Preferences' > 'Convert' to open the setting window. Then, you can adjust the audio format and other audio parameters as you like.
See also: How to Convert Tidal to MP3
Step 3Download and convert Tidal music for iMovie
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Now, it's time to convert added Tidal music to iMovie-supported audio formats. Click the big 'Convert' button at the bottom-right corner, it will start the conversion process. The AudFree Tidal Music Downloader will download and convert Tidal files, and save them in the local audio folder on your Mac. When the conversion process finishes, you can hit on the 'Converted' icon to locate them directly.

Part 3. How to Add Music into iMovie from Tidal as Background Music

Congratulations! There is no problem to insert Tidal music into your video project in iMovie. Let's see the simple guide on how to add and edit Tidal music in iMovie on macOS and iOS devices.

How to Get Music into iMovie from Tidal on Mac

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Step 1. Launch the iMovie video editing tool on your Mac. And then open the video clips.

Step 2. You can click the 'File' > 'Import' button to browse the local Tidal music folders on your Mac computer.

Step 3. Once found out, please highlight the file and click 'Open' to add music from Tidal to iMovie.

Alternatively, you can drag and drop the Tidal HiFi downloads from your Mac to the iMovie project timeline.

How to Add Music to iMovie from Tidal on iOS

Step 1. Please put the downloaded Tidal music on the Apple Music App library by dragging and dropping.

See also: How to Transfer Tidal Music to iTunes Library

Step 2. Connect your iOS device to your Mac by using a USB cable. Then click 'General' > 'Library' > 'Sync Library' to transfer the music to iPhone/iPad.

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Step 3. On your iOS device, click the '+' button to select 'Audio' in the iMovie project. Then, please tap the 'My Music' button.

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Step 4. Tap 'Imported' to upload target Tidal music you'd like to use to iMovie. If they are in iCloud Drive, please click the 'iCloud Drive' tab to discover the Tidal music.

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Now, you can start to edit Tidal music in iMovie. When all settings are done, please don't forget to export your exclusive video project.

Part 4. Summary

Although it is impossible to add Tidal music to iMovie officially, you can use the method we show above to do that. Tidal music can be accessible after you use the AudFree Tidal Music Converter to export it. And the exported music can be transferred to many devices and platforms for free use. Hurry to download the product to start your creation on iMovie.

Miley Swift

Miley Swift

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Miley Swift is a professional content creator in the field of music entertainment and tech. Passionate about Tidal streaming technology, she is adept in offering and updating relevant tech skills and tools of Tidal music.

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