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How to Convert and Import DVD to iMovie for Free

Question: I filmed footage on a mini DV tape and then put the footage on my Mac. I now have the footage on a DVD, in which it plays back on iDVD. I want the footage to go onto iMovie so that I can edit it. But when I drag the footage into iMovie, it says: "The file will not be imported. It is not compatible with iMovie." What I have to do to be able to put DVD to iMovie?

Answer: 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 '11) on Mac for editing.

First Choice-Convert DVD to iMovie with DVD to iMovie Converter Freeware from MacXDVD

MacX Free DVD to iMovie Converter is really a good choice. It is a free DVD to iMovie converter with powerful functions to rip both copy protected DVD and homemade DVD to iMovie for free. Also it's very easy to use. Below are the steps and tips on how to convert DVD to iMovie for further editing with this free DVD to iMovie converter.

How to Convert and Import DVD to iMovie Free for Editing on Mac

Step 1. Add DVD Movie.
Free download and run this free DVD to iMovie converter for Mac, then click "DVD Disc" to add DVD from DVD drive. Or you can click "DVD Path" to import DVD from DVD folder saved on your computer.

Step 2. Select Output Format: "MPEG-4 Movie (*mp4)".
After the DVD is imported, go to the "Output" area. Select ripping DVD to iMovie MP4 format from "to iMovie Video" or "General Video".

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Step 3. Set Output Folder.
Specify output folder on your computer to save the output files. Click the "Browse" button to choose the path where you want to save the output files in.

Step 4. Convert DVD to iMovie Now.
When the settings are done, click the "RUN" button to start DVD to iMovie conversion process. And after the DVD to iMovie MP4 MOV M4V, etc. video conversion task, you can eventually import DVD to iMovie for further movie editing for uploading to YouTube or Facebook.

How to import DVD into iMovie? Open iMovie, choose file and select Import Movies to import converted MP4 video to iMovie. Then, you can start video editing within iMovie upon your needs.

Note: If you wanna import DVD to iMovie for iOS to edit DVD movies on iOS iPhone iPad, first thing is to convert DVD to iPhone iPad iOS devices. So in the output format window, you should choose "Apple Device" from "Mobile Video Profile" and then the DVD movies are converted to iPhone iPad formats. After that, you can eventually launch your iTunes and then transfer converted DVD movies from iTunes to iOS iPhone iPad for iMovie video editing on iOS. Check here to get the detailed import DVD to iMovie for iOS guide. For more output profiles presets, please go ahead of its advanced edition - MacX DVD Ripper Pro that supports both the latest encrypted DVDs and rips DVDs to 300+ output devices.

Second Choice-Convert DVD to iMovie with Handbrake (Only for Homemade DVDs)

If you are the one who're looking for a DVD to iMovie converter to convert homemade DVDs to iMovie, then Handbrake is also worth your attention. Handbrake, as we all know, is powerful to free rip DVD to iMovie accepted MP4 M4V formats. And it's quite easy to handle.

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Step 1: Free download and install Handbrake before converting & importing DVD to iMovie.

Step 2: Opt for the source DVD you want to convert to iMovie (homemade DVD only).

Step 3: Choose a Title and Chapters.

Step 4: Select the destination folder for output DVD files storage.

Step 5: Adjust parameter settings if you need, including video codec, frame rate, bit rate, etc.

Step 6: Click "RUN " button and this free DVD to iMovie converter will go into action to convert DVD to iMovie supported MP4 M4V formats.

Tips: some users complain that Handbrake converts DVD to iMovie M4V not MP4 format and they don't know why this would happen. If you wanna know the reasons and solutions, please resort to the help guide on handbrake video conversion to M4V not MP4. And if you wanna use Handbrake to convert DVD to iMovie with commercial DVDs, you need to install a third party first or seek aids from Handbrake alternative.

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