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How to Rip and Import DVD to iMovie on Mac without HandBrake

[Latest Updated: Nov. 16, 2018 by Estrella H. to DVD Ripping]

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How to Rip and Import DVD to iMovie (Tutorial) on Mac without HandBrake

Who needs Hollywood? We've got iMovie! - CNN

I guess Apple users are more than satisfied with the iMovie app which could be of great help in dealing with their shooting videos and making movies on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch. Yet there are still a host of questions, many of which are all similar in seeking answers to how to rip and import DVD to iMovie on Mac/Win for video edit. So we write down this DVD to iMovie ripping tutorial and hope it will help you figure out problems like what formats are iMovie compatible with, how to rip DVD to iMovie on Mac, how to import video to iMovie without DVD ripper like HandBrake, etc.

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iMovie Compatible Formats

To answer all DVD-iMovie-importing questions, we need to first get to the bottom of it – what are iMovie compatible formats. 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 read carefully the following iMovie format information and you will know which format you should rip your DVD to for edit in iMovie, especially on Mac here.

1. DV | 2. DV Widescreen | 3. HDV 1080i (25 and 30 fps)
4. HDV 720p (25 and 30 fps) | 5. MPEG 4 Simple Profile | 6. iSight

* There might be others that can work in iMovie, like AVCHD or some video containers, which contains one of the above. However, DIVX, Windows Media files, etc. would need to be converted.

Import DVD to iMovie

Rip DVD to iMovie with HandBrake?

There are two things that you need to know about importing DVD to iMovie:
1. If you want to edit a homemade DVD in iMovie on Mac, you can import the DVD video to iMovie without using DVD ripping software like HandBrake only if you still had the original video, which should be created by iPhone, iPad or other Apple devices instead of any other HD camcorders. For people who most often use iMovie for home videos, bear in mind that you can directly transfer your DVD to iMovie on Mac without any third-party aid.
>> How to convert HD camcorder video to iMovie

2. If you are trying to import a commercial DVD to iMovie on Mac, I'm afraid a DVD ripper is a must-have because of iMovie compatibility issues. 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. Luckily, there is still other DVD to iMovie ripping software solutions for Mac you can easily find, such as WinX DVD Ripper for Mac, MPEG Streamclip and so on.
>> How to rip DVD with strict copy protections on Mac?

"I try to use HandBrake to convert DVD to a format that I could edit in iMovie; however, I can't get any of the files I have ripped using HandBrake to open for editing in iMovie. I ripped one as a .m4v and one as a .mov and another as a .mp4 file and none open."

How to Rip DVD to iMovie

Here we will show you easy steps of ripping and importing DVD to iMovie on Mac (Mojave 10.14 and lower compatible) by using WinX DVD Ripper for Mac (as an example). In case you want to follow us to have a try, here is the software download link.

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 start to RUN the DVD to iMovie ripping on Mac. After that, Open iMovie, import DVD (MP4 file) to iMovie, and then start your editing in iMovie.

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How to rip DVD to iMovie on Windows?

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.

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About the Author

   Estrella H.@hl_estrella

Estrella H. is a senior editor in Digiarty Software. She manages the software test section and creates easy and useful how-tos. When not in editing, she spends her spare time on Rubik's Cube and ukulele.

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