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Import Home-made or Commercial DVD to iMovie

Import Home-made or Commercial DVD to iMovie

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For Mac users who try to import DVD into iMovie, you may often find that the import option to iMovie is not available just as the condition listed below.

“I want too edit family DVDs using imovie’09. However I can’t seem to import the content of the DVDs i.e. it is not a camera or camcorder so the option to import the content within iMovie is not available. i have copied the content of the DVD onto my desktop but still the option to import it to iMovie is not available.”

How to copy DVD content to local Mac hard drive?

Have no idea how to copy DVD content to local Mac drive, what you need to do is opening the DVD package by clicking on it’s icon on your desktop. You will see a screen that looks something like this:

DVD package

Open the VIDEO_TS folder. (Ignore the AUDIO_TS folder, it is of no significance here.) When you open the VIDEO_TS folder you will get a screen that looks something like this:

Video_TS folder

Drag (copy, not move) all of the files with the extension .VOB to your desktop. These files contain the movie. Be sure only to copy them, not move them, to your desktop or you will disable your original DVD. You can ignore the files with extensions other than .VOB.

Why iMovie not recognize the VOB file?

Obviously, VOB is not the supported file formats by iMovie. To fix the format incompatible issue, you can download the free and open source video transcoder – Handbrake to convert VOB to iMovie readable such as MPEG-4, QuickTime Movie, MPEG-2, etc.

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Edit commercial DVD movies with iMovie

What we have discussed above is about importing home-made DVD movies to iMovie, when you try to load commercial DVD disc to iMovie, it would be another story. You will first need to decrypt the protections on the disc, then copy and convert the content on DVD disc to iMovie editable file formats. Since Handbrake does not defeat or circumvent copy protection, you will need a specific DVD disc decrypter to do that job. Although there are many applications even include some free DVD Decrypter software on the market claims to bypass DVD copy protection, however, you may be disappointed to find that some of them only have the Windows version, others seems only to be able to remove certain DVD disc protection, but fail to work with the latest encryption. There are still some programs may not give you the output format options that you desire to.

The good news is that here comes Pavtube ByteCopy for Mac, which not only assists you to efficiently and automatically bypass all DVD copy protection in the background with its built-in powerful disc decrypter, but also assists you to directly rip or convert DVD to iMovie supported editable file formats such as MPEG-4, QuickTime Movie, MPEG-2, DV, etc with perfect quality and super-fast conversion speed. What’s more, for those people who wish to achieve a high quality and high performance editing workflow, you can also choose to direct output DVD to iMovie most favorable editing codec – Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC), which helps to provide the optimal editing experience on iMovie.

Trim/Crop/Watermark/Apply Effect to DVD movies

With the trim function, you can have only your unwanted DVD parts or segments ripped for editing with iMovie, the cropping function will assist you to get off the black edges or unwanted size are around the DVD movie. You can use the watermark function to add transparent text watermark to DVD movie to protect it from being used without protection or utilize the effect option to apply special rendering effect such as gray, flip color, aged film, etc.

How to Rip Commercial DVD Movies for iMovie Importing and Editing?

Step 1:Import DVD Movies.

Download, install and run this DVD ripper. You can load DVD by clicking “File” > “Load from disc”. Or load DVD Folder by clicking “File” > “Load from folder” or load DVD IFO/ISO image by clicking “File” > “Load IFO/ISO”.

Load DVD movies

Step 2: Define the output format.

Clicking the Format bar, from its drop-down list, select one of iMovie supported editing formats such as “MOV – QuickTime(*.mov)” under “Common Video” main category.

Output iMovie supported editing formats

You can also choose to direct export iMovie most preferable editing codec “Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC)(*.mov)” under “iMovie and Final Cut Ex…” main category for a high quality and high performance editing workflow.

Output iMovie specially optimized editing codec

Step 3: Edit DVD movies with built-in editing options.

On the top tool bar on the main interface, click the pencial like icon to open “Video Editor” window, you can trim DVD movies to remove the unwanted parts by setting the start and end time, crop to remove the black borders or unwanted area by dragging the dash line around the video frame, flip video, add text/image/video watermark, change video picture effect, replace/remove audio in video, add external subtitles, etc.

Edit DVD movies

Step 4: Begin the conversion process.

After all setting is completed, hit the “Convert” button at the right bottom of the main interface to begin DVD to iMovie compatible or preset editing formats ripping process.

When the conversion is finished, click “Open Output Folder” icon on the main interface to open the folder with generated files. Then feel free to import converted video to iMovie for creating stunning movies or trailers.


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