Using iLife ’11: Upload iMovie Videos to YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, and CNN iReport

By Tony Bove

Companies use YouTube and Vimeo to host videos for their customers and employees. Families upload videos for their relatives and friends. Facebook has more than half a billion active users worldwide. If you’re one of them, you can upload videos to your Facebook account from iMovie for iLife. CNN iReport lets you upload news stories — the stories aren’t edited, fact-checked, or screened, but the ones marked CNN iReport have been checked out by CNN producers and made a part of CNN news coverage.

To upload a video to YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, or CNN iReport, follow these steps:

  1. Select the video project in the iMovie Project Library and choose Share→YouTube, Share→Facebook, Share→Vimeo, or Share→CNN iReport.


  2. If you have ever uploaded to YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, or CNN iReport, your account may already be in the Account pop-up menu, and you can simply choose it; if you haven’t already uploaded, you can add the account to the pop-up menu by clicking Add.

  3. Fill out the Title and Description fields for YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, or CNN iReport, and for YouTube, choose a category from the Category pop-up menu.

  4. Add tags (search keywords) for your video in the Tags field to help people find your video when they search by keyword on the site.

  5. Select a size to publish, using the size grid as a guide. (Medium works best for YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, and CNN iReport.)

  6. (Optional) If you don’t want the video to be publicly available for viewing on YouTube, Facebook, or Vimeo, do the following:

    • YouTube: Select the Make This Movie Personal option.

    • Facebook: Select Friends of Friends, Only Friends, or Only Me from the Viewable By pop-up menu.

    • Vimeo: Select My Contacts or Nobody Else from the Viewable By pop-up menu.

  7. Click Next to read the site’s terms of service (TOS), and then click Publish to publish the video (or Cancel to cancel).

    After you click to accept the terms of service offered by the site and click Publish, iMovie automatically uploads the video.

After the video has been uploaded, the Shared To pop-up menu appears on the title bar of the project and is set to the hosting site (YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, or CNN iReport). The pop-up menu includes the Visit button, to go to the hosting site, and the Tell a Friend button, to send a notification (by e-mail) to other people to watch the video.

To remove versions of your video project from YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, or CNN iReport, select the project and choose Share→Remove From and then pick the hosting site.