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How to Rip & Import DVD to iMovie on Mac for Editing?

I guess Apple users are more satisfied with iMovie to edit videos imported from iPhone, iPad, GoPro, cameras, etc. When referring to DVDs, many users may ask how to import DVD to iMovie for video edit. So, we write down this tutorial to help figure out problems like what formats are iMovie compatible with and how to convert DVD to iMovie easily.

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Part 1. Learn iMovie Compatible Formats before Copying DVD to iMovie

We are talking about methods of ripping DVD to iMovie on Mac here just because what's in the VIDEO_TS folder is MPEG 2 video, which is not included in the iMovie list and you may get stuck with a box with message like "Incompatible Video Format". So, learn about iMovie format information first and you will know which format you should convert your DVD to for importing to iMovie.

iMovie supported formats:

  • Video: Apple Animation Codec, Apple Intermediate Codec, Apple ProRes, AVCHD (including AVCCAM, AVCHD Lite, and NXCAM), DV (including DVCAM, DVCPRO, and DVCPRO50), H.264, HDV, HEVC, iFrame, Motion JPEG (OpenDML only), MPEG-4 SP, Photo JPEG, XAVC-S.
  • Audio: AAC, AIFF, BWF, CAF, MP3, MP4, RF64, WAV.
  • Still-image: BMP, GIF, HEIF, JPEG, PNG, PSD, RAW, TGA, TIFF.
  • Container formats: 3GP, AVI, M4V, MOV (QuickTime), MP4.

Part 2. How to Rip DVD to iMovie Step by Step?

Here we will show you easy steps to rip and import DVD to iMovie on Mac by using WinX DVD Ripper for Mac, which is a professional DVD ripper compatible with all types of DVDs that can rip DVD to iMovie, iTunes, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple TV etc, as well as other devices, like Samsung, Huawei, Xbox, PS3/4 and more with high quality. .

Step 1: Download WinX DVD Ripper for Mac, install it on your Mac computer and get it started.

Step 2: Load DVD movie by clicking "DVD Disc", "ISO image" or "DVD Folder" if you have such video files on your hard drive.

Step 3: Select an output format, such as MP4, which is the key part of the whole DVD to iMovie ripping process.

Step 4: Choose a destination folder and hit RUN button to start ripping DVD for iMovie on Mac.

Step 5: After that, open iMovie, import the converted DVD media to iMovie, and then start your editing in iMovie.

Rip DVD to iMovie on Mac
Rip DVD to iMovie on Mac

Disclaimer: Digiarty Software does not advocate ripping copy-protected DVDs for any commercial purpose and suggests referring to the DVD copyright laws in your countries before doing so.

Part 3. FAQs about DVD to iMovie

1. How do I import a DVD into iMovie on a Mac?

After ripping DVD to iMovie supported format with a DVD ripper, you can choose File > Import Movies in iMovie to add the converted DVD videos or other movies. Alternatively, search for the location of the video in the Import windows to import the file from DVD to iMovie.

2. Can I rip DVD to iMovie with HandBrake?

Yes. You can rip non-protected DVDs to iMovie with HandBrake. HandBrake is free and easy to use, but when it comes to ripping DVD with copy protections to iMovie, like Disney copyprotection, commercial DVD CSS encryption, Sony ARccOS, etc, it can't work as expected. Therefore, you need other DVD to iMovie ripping software like WinX DVD Ripper for Mac to help you out.


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Estrella H. is a senior editor at Digiarty covering all the latest tech in mobile industry for the better part of the first four years, from iPhone, Samsung to other innovative gadgets. And now she's been dived into data backup and management to keep data safe on mobile devices in the recent three years. Outside the tech, she is a songwriter and loves hip-hop.

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