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How to Rip and Import DVD to iMovie (Two Methods)

By Tony Moton

April 05, 2018

Are you used to editing video with iMovie? Have you ever faced "The file will not be imported. It is not compatible with iMovie." when you import DVD to iMovie for a further work? If so, you come to the right place.

By now, iMovie has taken MPEG-4 (MP4, M4V), MPEG-2, DV, HDV, MOV, AVCHD into the supported list. That is, DVD in VIDEO-TS format is not compatible with iMovie. To import DVD to iMovie smoothly, you need to draw support from the DVD converter software to make it iMovie supported. Here two methods will be elaborated on to achieve it.


Part 1. TuneFab DVD Ripper: A Reliable DVD Converter Partner

TuneFab DVD Ripper comes to the first choice to help import DVD to iMovie partly because it works on both homemade and commercial product. By choosing iMovie supported formats from 300+ options, you can easily get DVD converted to fit iMovie with an admiring lossless and fast conversion effect. Plus, extra editorial actions such as clipping, cropping, and 3D effect are generously offered to make further enhance on the DVD results. It can be said a perfect partner to help DVD available to be imported to iMovie.

How to Convert DVD to iMovie supported format with TuneFab DVD Ripper?

Step 1. Insert DVD Disc

First, make sure that your computer has got DVD disc inserted. If you get DVD folder or ISO image, please directly turn to the next step.

Step 2. Run TuneFab DVD Ripper

Download and install TuneFab DVD Ripper well. Run the software.

Step 3. Load DVD Content

Simply click "Load Disc" and then select the DVD content.

DVD Ripper Add File

Step 4. Choose iMovie Supported Format For DVD

Click "Profile" bar. Then it will pop up the output format list. Choose one that fits iMovie. After that, return to the main page and you can see the Destination bar. Click "Browse" to decide it for the sake of afterward seeking.

DVD Ripper Add File

Step 5. Convert DVD to iMovie Supported Format

Click "Convert". In a few minutes' waiting, you will get the satisfying result.


Five simple steps over, you've turned DVD to iMovie supported format. Now you are able to import the ripped DVD to iMovie effortlessly. You can follow: launch iMovie on Mac; click "File" > "Import" > "Movies…" Otherwise, we've prepared another method that can help import DVD to iMovie.

Import Video To Imovie

Part 2. Handbrake Helps You Import DVD to iMovie

Handbrake is also commonly used to rip DVD to iMovie supported format. A great strength is that it offers absolutely free service to convert DVD to other formats including iMovie accepted MP4 and M4V. See the following easy guidance for info.

Step 1. Click "Source" to open DVD disc, folder and ISO image.

Step 2. Click "Browse" and decide the output file in the Destination area.

Step 3. By default, MP4 is set as the output format. You can also choose other formats in the dropdown list of "Format". There are also some other parameters that can be customized on your own.

Step 4. All set, you can click "Preview Window" to see the video effect that you have arranged.

Step 5. If you have a list of DVD files to work on, click "Add to Queue". Then repeat the steps above to add another DVD clip. In the end, click "Start" and Handbrake will start to rip DVD to iMovie format. 

Step 6. After conversion, you can import DVD to iMovie by clicking "File" > "Import" > "Movies…" on iMovie software.

Handbrake shares a highlight in a rich but simple DVD ripping process. However, there is a limitation that it doesn't work on DVD with copyright protection. Even if you have made it by chance, more often the converted file cannot be opened normally. In this case, the first method, TuneFab DVD Ripper is expected to overcome the difficulty.

[Tips] A Trick for Some Homemade DVD

In fact, there are occasions that you can directly import DVD to iMovie. That goes for homemade DVD created by iPhone, iPad or other Apple devices (while those made by HD camcorders fail to meet it). You have to ensure that the original source of the DVD video is still available on the device. This will save much effort to use a third party ripping software.

In most cases, you cannot directly import DVD to iMovie considering format incompatibility. So it comes the necessity to rip DVD to be iMovie supported. Then the two excellent DVD converter software, TuneFab DVD Ripper and Handbrake, deserve a try to make the problem clear. You can choose one that fits you to help import DVD to iMovie.

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