Is there a way to fix iMovie no sound issue?

If you’ve run into iMovie no sound problems, you may wish to read this post. It presents a couple of customer questions regarding iMovie no sound issue and gives an easy and direct solution to fix them.

Customer questions regarding iMovie no sound issue
Question 1: “Hi, there, I’m new to Apple so help would be welcome. My issue is that I went to edit in iMovie 11 and there is no audio. I have tried restarting both iMovie and MacBook Pro, but there’s no go. How can I fix it? Please help.”

Question 2: “Hey, fellows, I have some AVI video files that I want to import to iMovie. I can import the video just fine but there is no sound with it. The audio is fine when I play the AVI clips using QuickTime player, but the sound is missing completely from all the AVI clips after imported the video to iMovie. Any thoughts on this? I would really appreciate any help. Thanks.”

Question 3: “Hello, guys, I created an iMovie project today. When I tried to play the movie, there was no sound. I went to the “Media” section in iMovie and selected a song and clicked “Play”, but NO sound. I then went into the project using finder and played the .mov file with Quicktime, and the sound was fine. I restarted my iMac, still no sound. How can I correct this issue? Hope someone can help. Thanks.”

If your iMovie project appears to be missing one or more audio tracks when you play, import, or export a project, check out the following article that will assist with sorting out the issue.
iMovie is missing audio on import, export, or playback

If the above article is useless, we are afraid that your source video clips has an audio codec that is not compatible with iMovie. If that’s the case, you will have to transcode your source video files to AIC (Apple Intermediate Codec) before editing. AIC is iMovie’s favorite editing codec, which iMovie will recognize and handle very well. With HD Video Converter for Mac, you are able to fix iMovie no sound issue by converting source files to iMovie AIC .mov files maintaining original quality. This app is compatible with all major Mac OS X operating systems, like Mountain Lion, Lion, Snow Leopard, Mavericks and the most recent Yosemite.

Download a demo of HD Video Converter for Mac
iMovie no sound problems

How to convert video files for use in iMovie without losing sound?

To do this:
iMovie no sound issue

Step 1: Run HD Video Converter for Mac as a professional iMovie Video Converter. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load source video to it.

Step 2: Select output format for iMovie
For the purpose of converting video files for use in iMovie without sound lost, from ‘Profile’ list, select ‘Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC)(*.mov)’ as output format under ‘iMovie and Final Cut Express’ column. This format is also suitable for use in the discontinued Final Cut Express.
iMovie is missing audio
Important: If you’ve loaded a number of video clips to do batch conversion, please do remember ticking off ‘Apply to All’ option before you start.

Step 3: Adjust video and audio settings (Optional)
If necessary, you can click ‘Settings’ button and go to ‘Profiles Settings’ panel to modify video and audio settings like video encoder, resolution, video bit rate, frame rate, aspect ratio, audio encoder, sample rate, audio bit rate, and audio channels. 3D settings are also available.

Step 4: Click ‘Convert’ to start file conversion.

Step 5: Click ‘Open Folder’ to get generated QuickTime files for using in iMovie with optimum performance.


1. If your source files are in 4K, 2K or Full HD quality, the conversion process may cost a little longer time. In this situation, you can tick off ‘Shutdown computer when conversion completed’ and go away to do other things.
2. If your source files are H.265/HEVC 4K files or something else that the above mentioned app can not handle, you can try this powerful video converter ultimate app to work with them.

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