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Summary: If you want to get digital copy of your home-made or commercial disc collections, and edit DVD/Blu-ray in iMovie on Mac Mountain Lion, this guide will help you out with step-by-step details to accomplish your goals easy and quickly.
"I am new to mac and want to edit my DVD home movies in iMovie. But I find iMovie as a paid add-on it cannot do the simple work of editing videos in DVD, nor transcode the DVD video to any other formats. After googling I found I have to look for a ripper program to get the digital copy of the DVD firstly, then get a convert program or so to turn it into another format and load into iMovie…It should be as simple as a few clicks! Any ideas??"
iMovie 8/9/11 does not support editing videos on DVDs directly, for that you must get a digital copy of your DVDs, then convert it to AIC, the iMovie preferred format to make it accepted by iMovie. As we all know, there’s a Windows Movie Maker available on Mac to do this easily and quickly. However, how can we import DVD to iMovie 8/9/11 on Mac Mountain Lion 10.8?
You may come up with running MEPG Streamclip, which claims that it’s able to rip standard 4:3 DV format for free, while the fact is you will have to buy a Apple-mp2-plaback-component firstly as a third party plug-in and do the conversion firstly. Also Handbrake is supposed to accomplish this for free, but it always occupy nearly 80~90% of CPU usage during these programs running, which means you cannot do many things at the same time; it’s also true that ripping usually takes a long time. In this case, is there any way to edit DVD in iMovie 8/9/11 on Mac 10.8 efficiently without video quality loss?
No worries, this powerful Mac DVD to iMovie Converter (20% off now) is able to help you out; this is the one we are actually looking for and the one do what it claims to be: easy-to-use, with intuitive interface, various video formats and twice faster than normal ripping programs. With it, you can easily rip your home-made or commercial DVDs/Blu-rays to AIC(Apple Intermediate Codec), the iMovie preferred codec and edit them on Mac smoothly.
Go ahead to get this Mac iMovie video converterp installed, or you can download a free trial version to give a shot firstly.
How to import DVD to iMovie 8/9/11 on Mac Mountain Lion 10.8
Step 1. Load your disc.
There is a disc icon on the top left which let you load from disc, folder or ISO/IFO respectively.
Step 2. Choose the profile in format drop-down-list which is marked as 2.
As is mentioned above, the AIC is preferred for editing in iMovie 8/9/11. Click Format and choose iMovie and Final Cut Express>Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov) like this:
PS: It has various presets so that you can rip blu-ray to various formats according to your needs. (such as: Import Blu-ray to iMovie/FCE)
Step 3. set up frame rate, bitrate and other output settings.
Click Settings, you change output video details including codec, size, bitrate and frame rate all according to your needs. FYI: the higher bitrate you choose the better video quality it outputs, and the larger file size correspondingly.
Step 4. Start converting DVD to iMovie AIC.
Now just click the big red circular to start conversion. Wait for a while or leave it working, it will help you shut down computer if you are about to do a batch conversion. When it’s completely, click Open to locate the converted AIC videos which is ready for editing in DVD clips iMovie 8/9/11 on mac.
This guide will show you how to load videos into iMovie 8/9/11 on mac.
Besides converting DVDs for iMovie, this 20% off iMedia Converter for Mac OS can also help you convert Blu-ray/DVD/MKV/AVI/VOB/MPG/WMV/Tivo/FLV etc. to Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro, iDVD, etc. or directly convert your any videos to the format for your iPhone, iPod, iPad, Android tablets/phones, Windows 8 devices, Apple TV 3, PS3, PSP, and more.
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