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How to Rip, Convert and Import DVD to iMovie 08/09/11

iMovie (iMovie 11) is well-known as an easy-to-use video editing and acquisition tool for Mac users. It lets you turn your videos into eye-catching movies in clicks! 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? 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.

To transfer DVD movies to iMovie for editing, you'll need to convert DVD to iMovie compatible video formats first. Here the best DVD ripper Mac from Aimersoft is highly recommended to help you rip videos from DVD for iMovie in Mac OS X (including OS X 10.6, 10.7, 10.8 Mountain Lion and 10.9 Mavericks) in only 3 steps. After the conversion, you can edit your files in iMovie without any troubles. First, download the program and then check out the steps below to finish the conversion.

Download DVD to iMovie Converter:

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How to convert DVD movies for editing in iMovie (iMovie 11)

1Load your DVD movies

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

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2Select iMovie as the output format and start the conversion

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.

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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.

3Import DVD to iMovie

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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Here is the video tutorial on how to convert and transfer DVD to iMovie on Mac OS X (Mountain Lion):

Download DVD to iMovie Converter:

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More info about iMovie

iMovie is a video editing application for use on Apple devices. It is designed to work for desktops, laptops, iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. The software was first released in 1991 and was bundled with the Mac OS 8. This software offers extensive support of high definition video.

There several versions of the iMovie software released to date. Since the first iMovie version, there has been iMovie 2 to 4, iMovie HD 5 and HD 6, and iMovie '08 to '11, with the exception of iMovie 10, which was skipped altogether. For the iOS devices, versions 1.0 to 1.4 were available.

The latest version of this software is iMovie 11, which was released in October 2010. The upgrades of the software include the creation of trailers for every home movie shot, better audio control, and the addition of the following features: instant replay, hold and flash effects, news themes, and facial recognition. The software also allows for watching videos on Apple mobile devices, including the Apple TV. Instant video sharing on YouTube and Facebook is supported as well.

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Hi, you can trim the movies in video editing window before loading to iMovie.
Hi, yes, that is possible, there\'s a built-in video editor in DVD Ripper for you to trim the video into small segments.
Is there any way to select the particular clip of the dvd that you want to use, I seem to have downloaded the whole film, and its taken about half an hour
tony costa
I don\'t want to rip/convert the whole 90 minutes, I only want to rip/convert a 3 minute scene.. Is this possible?
Yes. And you can download the trial version to test it. There\'s no functional difference between the the trial version and the full one.
question: Can you import any DVD into IMovie or only ones that you\'ve created. I\'m an actress and trying to create my demo reel. Been in \"studio\" movies and want to pull scenes I\'m in from commercial movies, into IMovie to make demo reel. Am I going to be able to do this? Thanks.
Aimersoft Employee
Hi, Sparks. the video size is depends on the original one and the output format. If you just want to convert the 6 min one, then load it only. Feel free to contact our support team if there\'s still any questions. ^_^ http://support.aimersoft.com/
I have a dvd recorded from 2 home events. one was 1 hr 20 min the other 6 min. I only want to convert the 6 min one. The preference choices dont make it clear if this is possible. Does longest title mean longest video?
Aimersoft Employee
Hello. It\'s safe to rip DVD with Aimersoft DVD Ripper for Mac. It won\'t hurt your DVD. Just download and have a try now!
Is this safe? Will it hurt my DVD?
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