How To Create a YouTube Video From an MP3
Many instructors have course material in MP3 (audio) format. YouTube is a primary method for instructors to host media content, but it only accepts video files and not audio.
Audio files can be turned into video via many video editing programs, including programs which come installed by default with modern operating systems (e.g. Windows Movie maker on Windows or iMovie on Mac OS).
There are also free websites that will take audio and still images and publish them to YouTube on your behalf. One such site is tovid.io. To use tovid.io:
- Go to tovid.io
- Click and drag any image into the box on the upper left. This will be the background of your video.
- Click and drag any MP3 into the box ont he right.
- Agree to the terms and conditions.
- Click Connect to YouTube, a YouTube login window will open. Enter your PUnet ID@pacificu.edu email address, then you will be taken to the Pacific single-sign on page. Login as yourself.
- You will then be asked if you want to give the site tovid.io access to manage your YouTube videos. This does not give tovid.io access to your username and password or any of your non-YouTube Google content, but it does give the site complete access to your YouTube content. This access can be revoked at any time via the Google Apps Connected to Your Account page.
- Click Create Video.
- The site will inform you, and you will receive an email, when the video has been uploaded and is online.
- The video will upload as "Public" (searchable and viewable by anyone). If you want to change the video to Unlisted or Private you must do so via your video manager.
- The video will have a small watermark advertising the tovid.io site in the lower right corner.
Please make sure you are familiar with Pacific's Copyright Usage Guidelines before posting any content to YouTube.