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How to Convert and Import DVD to iMovie for Free

Q: I filmed footage on a mini DV tape and put the footage on a DVD. I now want the footage to go onto iMovie, but when I try to drag the footage from the DVD into iMovie, it says: "The file will not be imported. It is not compatible with iMovie." What should I do to make the DVD playable in iMovie?

There is a part of a DVD that I want to use in my class. I want to edit it using iMovie, but I have no idea how I can import it into iMovie. There is no option to import DVDs into it as it's not a camera or camcorder. And the protection stuff...

A: In order to import the contents of a DVD into iMovie, you need to rip the DVD to an iMovie-supported format, like MPEG-4 (MP4, M4V), MPEG-2, DV, HDV, MOV, and AVCHD. That means a DVD to iMovie converter is necessary to help decrypt DVD files for iMovie on Mac.

Based on different demands, namely importing commercial or uncommercial DVDs to iMovie, there are two free DVD rippers to let you convert DVD movies into iMovie friendly formats. Then you can import the DVD movie to iMovie for editing.