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How to Convert YouTube Video to iMovie for Further Editing

YouTube has made video sharing easier and more popular than ever and there are millions of interesting videos shared every day. And sometimes it's great to make those videos more stylish with the fabulous video editing software, iMovie. However, when you try to import YouTube videos to iMovie for further editing, you'll find that your videos gray out. Get puzzled and look for ways to import videos from YouTube to iMovie (iMovie 11)? Let's talk about how to solve the problem on Mac OS X (Mavericks).

As we know, videos downloaded from YouTube are mostly in FLV format while iMovie supported video formats are MPEG-2, AVCHD, DV-Standard, HDV, QuickTime Movie and MPEG -4. That means to add YouTube files to iMovie, you'll first need to convert YouTube video to iMovie supported video formats. If you've downloaded the videos from YouTube and want to edit them in iMovie, please refer to Part 1 to get your videos accepted by iMovie. And if you want to download YouTube videos to iMovie, please refer to Part 2 to download YouTube videos and convert them to iMovie friendly video formats.

Part 1. How to convert downloaded YouTube videos to iMovie (iMovie 11)

Part 2. How to download and convert YouTube videos to iMovie (iMovie 11)

Part 1. How to convert YouTube videos to iMovie

Aimersoft Video Converter for Mac is an ideal tool to help you convert downloaded YouTube FLV videos to iMovie compatible files with optimized settings on Mac OS X (Mavericks included). In addition, it can convert between almost all regular video/audio formats, including MP4, MOV, WMV, AVI, MKV, FLV, 3GP, ASF, VOB, etc. Download it and follow the tips below to get it done easily.

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1Add YouTube videos

Run the program and click File > Add Video Files to import your downloaded YouTube FLV videos to the program. Or directly find the videos you want to convert for iMovie and drag them to the item bar. Note that batch conversion is supported so you can add many files for conversion at a time.

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2Select iMovie as the output format and start the conversion

Video preset for iMovie is provided in this Mac video converter. Simply select iMovie from Editing as the output format to get videos with optimized setting for iMovie. And click the Convert button to start converting your videos.

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Below is the video tutorial of how to convert YouTube to iMovie:

Part 2. How to download YouTube videos to iMovie

In case that you haven't downloaded the videos yet, an all-in-one YouTube video downloader and converter - Aimersoft YouTube Converter Mac is highly recommended to help your download any video from YouTube and convert it to iMovie compatible video formats so that you can edit the videos in iMovie (iMovie 11) without any troubles. Download it now and check out the steps below to download and convert YouTube videos for editing in iMovie.

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1Download YouTube videos

Surf to find the video you want in YouTube.com and play it in Safari, Chrome or Firefox. You can either click the Download button above the video, copy the video URL from the address bar or drag the video URL to the program to download the video.

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2Convert YouTube videos to iMovie

Once the video has been downloaded, click the Convert button on the right to open the format list and select iMovie as the output format. Then click OK to start converting the downloaded YouTube FLV videos for iMovie.

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When the conversion finishes, you could import YouTube video to iMovie Mac easily for editing. To do this, you can launch iMovie, click Import File > Import > Movies to add your YouTube videos. What do you do when you finished editing? Sharing with the whole world, right? So here comes the final routine: publish your edited video to YouTube on iMovie. You would find out everything goes out just smoothly once you convert YouTube to iMovie on Mac with Youtube Downloader for Mac.

Note: If you are also looking for a program to convert DVDs and Video on Mac, this all-in-one powerful DVD Video Converter for Mac also may help you.

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Thanks, good article, I can convert youtube videos to many formats, but its the first time that I found how to convert youtube video to imovie, excellent info, very useful
YouTube to iMovie conversion has helped me a lot.
Could I convert YouTube videos to any other format using your software?
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