I made a Star Wars-inspired iPhone ringtone – and you can, too

If you’re not following Mark Hamill on Twitter (opens in new tab), you ought to begin now. He is the explanation I made a one-of-a-kind iPhone ringtone.

The actor, made well-known by his many years-spanning function because the Star Wars franchise’s Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker, is humorous, witty, and at all times entertaining on the platform. I began following him years in the past when I seen that this cinematic icon had fewer followers than me (this quickly modified). Immediately, he entertains his thousands and thousands of on-line followers with a number of social media content material, together with the occasional behind-the-scenes or archival Star Wars clip.

Typically, he merely retweets one thing another person shares. Final week, it was a clip of him and the late Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) on a Seventies TV present leaning collectively to sing a brief verse of what I can solely assume was a home made tune. Most of it was “Rebels are we…,” a clear reference to The Insurgent Alliance.

Hamill defined in a tweet, “We cherished to make one another giggle & she may at all times get me to do goofy stuff I by no means would have performed alone. That is a good instance of that.”

I heard it, seen how brief it was, and shortly tweeted a reply, “My new ringtone.” To my shock, Hamill replied:

 “An honor (if true)
🤣 if not.”

Problem accepted.

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As soon as I determined to attempt turning the clip into a ringtone, I realized I wanted a strategy to separate the audio from the video. Whereas I initially thought of utilizing one other cellphone to attempt and document the audio, I realized that display screen-recording the video within the tweet would possibly make extra sense, particularly if I hoped to take care of the already sketchy audio high quality.

Display screen recording is a native a part of iOS, however to entry it by means of the Management Heart, you have so as to add it as one of many choices by means of Settings/Management Heart and then you choose it from underneath the Extra Controls part. I make a lot of display screen recordings, so my display screen document choice was already in place.

I opened Twitter, discovered the Tweet, and, earlier than I hit play, launched Display screen Recording, which mechanically information all the pieces on display screen in addition to the sound accompanying it. You’ll be able to document exterior sounds (for a voiceover), however that is not on by default and I did not want that right here.

Strip it out

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Utilizing AudioConvert, I imported the video clips (a display screen seize) and extracted and named the audio. (Picture credit score: Future)

That was the simple half.

To strip the audio from the video and flip it into a usable file, I used a third-get together app known as AudioConvert (opens in new tab). It is a respectable app however has approach too many advertisements, which you can sit by means of to unlock options or pay cash to close them off utterly. Principally, any app that may extract audio from video and let you put it aside as an MP3 will work right here. 

Nonetheless, it did the job and let me save the audio as an MP3 file, which was the default. It isn’t the ultimate audio format for a Ringtone, however a good begin. 

Throughout save, I advocate you identify the file one thing apparent so you can discover it once more. For me, I used LukeandLeia.

AudioConvert will provide Make Ringtone as one of many choices. Choose that and then from the choices beneath, select Save to Recordsdata. I know you’ll see the choice to go direct to GarageBand, however that is form of a lure the place the app useless-ends you and presents no clear approach of getting the audio onto a timeline.

Within the Recordsdata app, I created a folder in my iCloud known as Audio Clips, so I may simply discover the Luke and Leia clip.


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The audio clip in GarageBand. (Picture credit score: Future)

If GarageBand, Apple’s free audio composition app, is not already in your iPhone, obtain and set up it.

Open GarageBand and select the Audio Recorder. Choose the observe icon from the higher left (to the left of the slider icon) and then choose the Apple Loops icon within the higher proper and select the Recordsdata tab.

To search out the place you saved your audio file, you’ll most likely have to pick Browse Objects from the Recordsdata App on the backside of the GarageBand display screen.

Maintain your finger on the mp3 audio file you need and drag it to the left till it seems in GarageBand’s tracks timeline.

I was fortunate as a result of the audio clip was simply a few seconds lengthy. Something longer than that and you’ll most likely need to trim the clip by tapping it as soon as and then grabbing the proper finish of the observe (the define field will flip yellow) and sliding it to the left to shorten the clip.

Share and ring

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Your GarageBand share choices. (Picture credit score: Future)

The laborious half is mainly over.

Choose the down carat within the higher lefthand nook to shut the tune edit and faucet the “My Songs” pop-up. This takes you again out to all of the Tune Tasks.

In my case, the primary one was my ringtone mission. Select the mission you need to flip into a ringtone, and maintain down on it till a pop-up seems the place you can choose Share.

Right here, you get three large choices: Tune, Ringtone, and Challenge. Choose Ringtone.

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Selecting the right way to use the sound. (Picture credit score: Future)

On the subsequent display screen, you identify your ringtone and choose the place to avoid wasting the export. The default of Your Ringtones will work simply advantageous.

Hit Export and wait a few seconds. The ensuing window will instantly give you the choice of deciding the place you need to use your new ringtone: Commonplace Ringtone, Commonplace Textual content Tone, Assign to Contact.

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Would you like Luke and Leia to sing for all your texts or rings? (Picture credit score: Future)

The final had me considering how cool it will be if each time Mark Hamill known as me, the ringtone was Luke and Leia singing. Mark Hamill has by no means and won’t ever name me, so I assigned my customized ringtone to my spouse’s quantity.

That is all there may be to it. What’s nice about that is that you may flip virtually any sound from any film, YouTube clip, or one other supply into your individual ringtone. You would possibly get so good at it that you construct a library of them.

As for me, I shared my creation on Twitter with Hamill, and his response was simply as superior as I hoped it will be.