How to Convert DVD for Editing in iMovie

What is iMovie?

iMovie is a video editing application for use on Apple devices, including Mac desktops and laptops, iPad, iPad mini, iPhone and iPod touch. iMovie lets you create movies with photos, video clips and music with ease. The latest iMovie 11 (Mac) has the ability to make trailers for home movies, more control over audio, instant replay and flash and hold effects, facial recognition, news themes, and the ability to watch the video on a Mac, iPad, iPhone/iPod touch, or Apple TV, as well as sharing on Facebook and YouTube. AVCHD Lite format is also supported.

Video Formats Supported by iMovie

  • MPEG-2 and AVCHD
  • DV-Standard and HDV (High Definition Video)
  • QuickTime Movie
  • MEPG-4

How to Convert DVD for Editing in iMovie?

If you are fond of some video clips from a DVD movie and want to edit it in your iMovie project, you need to convert DVD to iMovie compatible video first. To get this done, the ideal tool is Aimersoft DVD Ripper for Mac. It has optimized output profile preset for iMovie and is fully compatible with OS X 10.6, 10.7, 10.8 (Mountain Lion) and 10.9 (Mavericks). You can have your DVD movie converted and imported into iMovie in only four steps.

1. Load DVD Movie

Download and install Aimersoft DVD Ripper onto your Mac. Then run the application.

Insert the DVD movie disc into your DVD drive and drag the disc icon from the Mac desktop to the application to load the DVD files. Alternatively, you can click File > Load DVD to locate and add the DVD movie you want to convert.

DVD Ripper for Mac

2. Select Output Format

Click the format icon on the right of the movie item to open the format list and go to Apple Software. Then click iMovie to set it as the output video format. Then your DVD movie will be converted with optimized settings for iMovie (iMovie 11).

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3. Start to Convert

After all the settings, click the Convert button to start to convert DVD to iMovie video.

4. Import Output Video into iMovie

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When the conversion is done, open iMovie and click File > Import > Movies to import the converted video to iMovie for further editing.