How to Import DVD clips into iMovie for editing free

iMovie doesn’t support DVD importing directly. To achieve this goal, you may have to convert your DVD footage into a format that works natively with iMovie’11/09/08. Here is how.


There is no doubt that iMovie is the best free home movie editing software for Mac users. With it, you can easily turn your videos into eye-catching movies in clicks. There are some occassions that you want to import DVD footage to iMovie for further editing like this:

“All I want to do is take homemade video of my concert performance from a DVD, get it into iMovie, edit clips, and post the clips on Facebook. How do I do that?”

Unfortunately, when you tried to import DVD to iMovie, you’ll find the DVD files grey out. Why? That’s because iMovie only supports MPEG-2, AVCHD, DV-Standard, HDV (High Definition Video), QuickTime Movie and MEPG-4 formats while DVD is not supported. Previously, you can try to create an disk image file with VOB files by using Disk Utility and then import .dmg image to iMovie as camera. Actually, that is a workaround. But it doesn’t work anymore.

What if you want to transfer DVD fotoage to iMovie for editing freely? Fortunately, this problem is easy to solve – all you have to do is convert the DVD footage to iMovie editing-friendly format and then import the converted clips into iMovie for editing. To get the work done, EaseFab DVD Ripper for Mac is highly recommended to help you rip videos from DVs for iMovie in Mac OS X (including 10.11 El Capitan) in only 3 steps. After the conversion, you can edit your DVD clips in iMovie (iMovie 11) without any troubles. Now just check out the steps below to finish the conversion.

If you are editing DVD video with iMovie, chances are you already installed this great free utility. If not, download the Mac DVD to iMovie Converter from here. This following process works to rip DVD video for use in any editing application, but in this example I’ll optimize for iMovie. Follow these simple steps:

How to convert and import DVD to iMovie for editing free

Step 1: Insert the DVD disc into your DVD drive and click “Load DVD” button to load the DVD files.


Step 2: Click the format icon on the right of each item to open the format list and go to Apple Software and you’ll see iMovie. Click it to set it as the output video format to convert your DVD files to videos with optimized settings for iMovie (iMovie 11). After all the settings, click the “Convert” button to start converting DVD to iMovie supported video format. A few minutes later, you’ll get the converted videos.


As you see, besides converting DVDs for iMovie, this DVD ripper for Mac OS can also help you convert DVD to Final Cut Pro, iDVD, etc. or directly convert your DVD movies to the format for your iPhone, iPod, iPad, and more.

Step 3: Now launch iMovie and click “File” > “Import” > “Movies” to import the converted videos to iMovie for further editing. Just create your masterpiece with joy!

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