How to Import DVD to iMovie for Editing

Kevin Miller

January 16, 2020 10:01Posted by to Rip DVD

As you know, iMovie is Apple’s supreme video editing software for iOS and macOS. iMovie offers many awesome editing features like cropping/rotating video clips, stabilizing, titling and adjusting video colors, themes and backdrops.

Sometimes you may have made DVDs by yourself. To make the video file like a pro, you can edit it in iMovie 11. As you know, iMovie only reads MP4 and MOV files. Here, we will offer you 2 free methods to import DVD to iMovie for editing.

Rip and Import DVD into iMovie

Part 1. Best Way to Rip DVD to iMovie Supported Formats

iMovie is a useful editing tool, but it doesn’t support DVD. So, if you want to edit your DVD with iMovie, you can convert the DVD to iMovie compatible video formats. For commercial DVDs are encrypted, you need to remove the protection first, and convert the DVD to video.

Blu-ray Master Free DVD Ripper is the free and easy-to-use DVD to iMovie converter. It can rip any DVD disc, folder or IFO file to popular video formats like MP4, AVI, MOV, MKV, M4V, and more. With this free DVD Ripper, you can easily convert the DVD to iMovie supported formats like MP4 or MOV files.

Step 1

Download and launch the program

Download, install and launch Free DVD Ripper on your computer. Insert the DVD disc to DVD drive. Click “Load Disc” button to load the DVD disc to the program.

Load Disc

Step 2

Edit DVD with editing features

You can click “Profile” and select MP4 or MOV from the drop-down button. Then click “Edit” button to crop, watermark video, adjust volume and effects like brightness, contrast, saturation and hue.


Step 3

Convert DVD to iMovie supported formats

Click “Browse” on the bottom of the interface to select the output folder. After all settings done, click “Convert” button to rip DVD to iMovie supported formats.


Part 2. How to Edit Converted Video in iMovie on Mac

After ripping DVD to iMovie supported formats, you can follow the steps below to start editing DVD video in iMovie.

Step 1

Run iMovie and copy the converted video to your Mac. Click “File” > “New Projects” and click “Create” to set up a new task.

Step 2

Click “Import Media” in the main interface to import the video to iMovie. You can add more than one video together.

Step 3

Then, drag the video clip to the bottom part. Right click the video clip and select “Split Clip” to cut off unwanted videos.


Step 4

Position the wanted image screen and click the “Crop” icon to drag the frame border. Then, click the “Apply” icon in the upper right corner. If the video is in the wrong angle, click “Rotate” to make sure the video is in the right direction.


Step 5

If you want to adjust the video color, you can click “Color Balance” icon. Then, you are given several options, “Auto”, “Match Color”, “White Balance” and “Skin Tone Balance”.

Color Balance

Step 6

If you want to add background music to your video, you can click “Add audio” to import the audio file. Then, drag the audio file to the bottom area, and make sure it is well matched with the video file.

Step 7

After editing the video in iMovie, you can go to “File” menu and choose “Save Project”.

Part 3. How to Import DVD to iMovie with HandBrake

If you are using a Mac computer, you may find that using the Disk Utility to convert VOB file to disk image file may get failed. Luckily, another tool you can use is HandBrake. It is a free and open-source DVD to iMovie ripper for macOS, Windows and Linux. Follow the steps to import DVD to iMovie for free.

Step 1

Free download, install and launch HandBrake on your computer. Click “Open Source” on the left corner and choose the DVD disc you want to rip.

Step 2

In “Output Settings” part, you can choose “MP4” as the output format. Click “Video” tab, and select H.264 as the video codec. You can also optimize the video and select the output quality.

Step 3

After setting all adjustments, click “Start Encode” to begin ripping DVD to iMovie supported format. Then, import the output MP4 file into iMovie for editing on Mac.


FAQs about Importing DVD into iMovie for Editing

1. What are iMovie supported formats?

iMovie supports the following video, audio, still-image and container formats on your Mac computer.
Video formats include 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 formats include AAC, AIFF, BWF, CAF, MP3, MP4, RF64, WAV.
Still-image formats include BMP, GIF, HEIF, JPEG, PNG, PSD, RAW, TGA, TIFF.
Container formats include 3GP, AVI, M4V, MOV (QuickTime), MP4.

2. Can I import a movie into iMovie?

To import a movie into iMovie, you can run iMovie on your Mac fist. Click “Import” button and select “Movies” to load the movie into iMovie.

3. Can iMovie edit VOB file?

VOB file is not supported by iMovie. If you want to edit VOB file in iMovie 11/09/08/HD, you need to convert VOB to iMovie supported formats first. Then, you can import the converted file to iMovie for editing.

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