Import DVD to iMovie (Tutorial) on Mac OS X El Capitan

SUMMARY: This is a DVD to iMovie importing tutorial on Mac (OS X 10.11.4) to help those failing to rip DVD to iMovie for edit and use HandBrake to transfer DVD to iMovie on Mac. 

Want to import DVD to iMovie for editing, but failed? No wonder so many people want to import DVD to iMovie for further editing. Unluckily, when you want to copy DVD to iMovie, you'll find that the DVD files grey out. Why? Fortunately, I'm lucky to find out an available solution and here I'm glad to share them with you! 

iMovie Compatible Formats 

To answer all DVD-iMovie-importing questions, we need to first get to the bottom of it – what are iMovie compatible formats. We are talking about methods of ripping DVD to iMovie on Mac here just because what's in the VIDEO_TS folder is MPEG 2 video, which is not included in the iMovie list and you may get stuck with a box with message like "Incompatible Video Format". So read carefully the following iMovie format information and you will know which format you should rip your DVD to for edit in iMovie, especially on Mac here. 

1. DV 
2. DV Widescreen 
3. HDV 1080i (25 and 30 fps) 
4. HDV 720p (25 and 30 fps) 
5. MPEG 4 Simple Profile 
6. iSight 

* There might be others that can work in iMovie, like AVCHD or some video containers, which contains one of the above. However, DIVX, Windows Media files, etc. would need to be converted. 

Best Workaround: In order to add DVD to iMovie, you need to convert DVD to iMovie supported formats first, like MPEG-4 (MP4, M4V), MPEG-2, DV, HDV, MOV, AVCHD. So a DVD to iMovie converter is necessary, which could help you convert DVD to iMovie supported formats so that you can put DVD to iMovie (iMovie '13) on Mac for editing. 

Pavtube BDMagic for Mac as the Top DVD to iMovie Converter with powerful functions can help you convert DVD to iMovie supported formats so that you can put DVD to iMovie on Mac for editing watch them with your familiar media player (including El Capitan). This free DVD to iMovie converter for Mac supports stripping off DVD copy protections, including CSS protection, Sony ArccOS, CSS region protection, UOPs, APS, etc. In addition to iMovie MP4 format, this freeware is also designed to convert DVD to AVI file, take snapshot from DVD or extract MP3 music from DVD movies. 

Now dwnload this program and follow this guide below to complete your task. If you’re editing DVD clips with iMovie, chances are you already installed this great utility. If not, download it it from here. 


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Step-by-step: How to Convert DVD for Editing in iMovie smoothly 

Step 1: Run the DVD to iMovie Converter Mac and click “Load DVD” to import the DVD you want to convert. As you see, Blu-ray and DVD disc, ISO/IFO files are all well supported. You can also use the drag-and-drop method to load the media files to the application UI. 


Step 2: Choose an output format for iMovie. Click the Format icon to open the format list. Then select iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC)(*.mov), as the output format to get videos with optimized settings for iMovie. 


Tip: If you like, you can click “Settings" to change the video encoder, resolution, frame rate, etc. Remember bitrate higher results in big file size, and lower visible quality loss. 


Step 3: When all the settings are fine, click the “Convert” button to start converting your DVD to optimized AIC .mov video files for iMovie. When then conversion completes, click the Open button to get the ripped video files. Launch iMovie and click File > Import > Movies to import the converted videos to iMovie for further editing. Just create your masterpiece with joy! 

Additional Tips: 

1) If you want to edit DVD clips in Final Cut Pro X or FCP 7/6, you just need to choose the “Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as output format in the second step; For Avid MC, choose “Avid Media Composer->Avid DNxHD(*.mov)” as output; For Adobe Premiere Pro or Vegas Pro, choose Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas> MPEG-2(*.mpg) as output. 

If you want to convert Blu-ray, DVD as well as video files like MTS, AVI, WMV, MKV, FLV, VOB, etc. to iMovie/FCE supported video formats, just turn to Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac, which is an all-in-one toolbox to convert BD/DVD and various video formats to iMovie/FCE video formats. (Now, you can get 50% OFF discount after liked our FaceBook.) More Money Saving Tips, you can Click Special Offer. Just feel free to have a try! 

Now, you have owned the top DVD to iMovie Converter for Windows or Mac, so you may not have troubles on ripping DVD to iMovie on Mac and PC. Have Fun! 

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