Simple Way to Import and Edit Blu-ray Movies with iMovie on macOS Sierra

John Salley

Nov 03, 2016 09:15 am / Posted by John Salley

iMovie for Mac lets your organize all your clips, turn them into your favorite films or trailers and then premiere them on iMovie Theater. For Blu-ray movie collectors, there might be one of your favorite scenes or clips on Blu-ray disc that you want to extract out for loading into iMovie for adding titles, effects, thems, transitions, etc. Generally, you will have no problem to copy the M2TS files on home-made disc into iMovie version 10 for editing. However, as for commercial Blu-ray disc, there will be some extra steps to do before the editing process.

Import Blu-ray to iMovie

Remove Blu-ray copy and region protection for iMovie

As store or online rented Blu-ray disc usually equipped with complicated copy and region protection, you will get no permission to distribute the data on Blu-ray disc elsewhere. Fortunately, there are disc Ripper program that can assist you to bypass that complicated protection and also the region code. If you are looking for the most advanced but simple to use Mac Blu-ray Ripper application, look no further than Pavtube BDMagic for Mac, the program can automatically break all the encryption and region code from all the Blu-ray disc even the latest released ones. The biggest merits of the program is that you are allowed to rip Blu-ray for iMovie editing with various different output options to satisfy your different editing needs.
– Generate iMovie supported editing formats such as quicktime mov, mp4, dv, mpeg-2, hdv, etc accoridng to your own needs.
– If you have a slow performance Mac computer, just choose to output a iMovie compatible less process extensive editing formats – Apple Intermedia Codec (AIC) for high performance and high editing workflow of video editing with iMovie.
– For fast Blu-ray copy, just choose the main movie copy method to save the Blu-ray as a M2TS file for loading into iMovie for editing.
– If you do not want to loss any quality during the editing process, just choose a full disc copy of Blu-ray disc so that all your desired subtitle languages, audio tracks and chapter information will be preserved during the Blu-ray ripping process.

Edit Blu-ray movies with iMovie alternative

Before loading the Blu-ray movies into iMovie, you can do some simple video editing with the program’s built-in video editing functions. You can trim or cut video to remove unwanted parts or segments, crop video to remove black edges or unwanted area, merge separate video clips into one, flip video horizontally or vertically, rotate video clockwise or counter-clockwise, split large video into small parts by file size, count or length, add video/image/transparent text watermark to video, apply special rendering effects, remove/replace audio in video, insert external srt/ass/ssa subtitles to Blu-ray movies.

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Step by step to Rip Commercial Blu-ray to iMovie Editing

Step 1: Load Blu-ray disc

Insert your Blu-ray disc into an internal or external Blu-ray drive, Lauch the Mac Blu-ray backup program on your Mac computer, click “File” > “Load from disc” to load Blu-ray disc into the program.

Step 2: Choose output file format.

Click “Format” drop-down list, there are many different output options for you to choose according to your own needs and situation, you can directly choose one of iMovie supported editing formats such as “MOV – QuickTime MOV(*.mov)” or make a fast main movie copy of Blu-ray as a M2TS file for iMovie editing, if you do not want to loss any quality and also your unwanted subtitle languages, audio tracks, menus and chapter information, etc, a full disc copy of Blu-ray disc would be your idea choice, you can also output iMovie best editing AIC codec for smooth and fast HD workflow with iMovie.

Output iMovie supported file formats

Output iMovie best editing HD workflow formats

Main movie copy of Blu-ray

Full disc copy of Blu-ray

Click the   icon on the main interface to make a lossless backup of Blu-ray as a BDMV folder with original Blu-ray structure.
Tips: You can remove unwanted audio tracks or subtitle streams in the Multi-task Settings window.

Step 3: Edit Blu-ray video.

Check an item to active the “Video Editor” function, then click the pencil like icon on the top tool bar to open the “Video Editor” window, you can trim video length, crop video black bars, add watermark, apply sepcial rendering effect, remove/replace audio in video, etc.

Step 4: Begin the conversion process.

After all setting is completed, hit right-bottom convert button to begin the Blu-ray disc content extracting or Blu-ray disc copy process for iMovie editing.

When the conversion is completed, you will have no problem to import video to iMovie for professional editing.

Further Reading:
How to Resize, Crop and Rotate Video Clips in iMovie?
Rip DVD to iMovie/FCE Acceptable File for Editing
Download and Import YouTube Videos to iMovie on Mac
Full Workaround to Import and Edit 4K Video with iMovie
Best Way to Import MKV Files to iMovie for Editing on Mac

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