Rip DVD to an iMovie/FCE acceptable file for editing

John Salley

Apr 02, 2015 10:40 am / Posted by John Salley to Apple, BD/DVD Backup, Editor, Final Cut Studio

I’m writing from The School of Visual Arts and I am desperately trying to import an older project stored on DVD into iMovie/FCE for compiling Alumni and Guest Speaker montages. Neither iMovie nor FCE says it can’t read DVDs. Are there any known ways to edit my DVDs in iMovie/FCE? Thank you in advance! —— Steven Landau

Import a DVD into iMovie/FCE

We’d accept the truth, all of the Apple iMovie/FCE doesn’t support DVD video format. If you have some nice DVD movies and want to edit with iMovie/FCE before sharing, you have to convert DVD to iMovie/FCE compatible video first. In this article, you will learn how to easily rip and add DVD to iMovie/FCE on Mac.

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To achieve the goal, a DVD ripping software is essential. Here Pavtube BDMagic for Mac (Here is review) is recommended to you which I recently come to discover and utilize the updated version to do this. This Mac DVD ripping tool can rip any protected DVD and convert DVD to AIC for using in iMovie/FCE natively ensuring maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with iMovie/FCE. The built-in editor also allows you to extract DVD clips with the very part you want. Or, it also supports converting DVD to any video and audio formats that are compatible with QuickTime, iTunes, Real player, Apple devices, such as MOV, MP4, M4V, AVI, MPG, MPEG-4. Now download the program to learn the DVD to iMovie/FCE conversion process.


How to rip DVD movies to iMovie/FCE on Mac with ease

1. Load DVD movies

First, insert your DVDs into DVD Drive, and then drag the DVD files to the program; Or you can click “Disc” icon to draw into DVD movies you want to rip. Alternatively, you can hit “ISO/IFO” button to import IFO files.

DVD to AIC Converter

2. Select output format

You can choose iMovie/FCE –> Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov) as the output format. The output format is designed for iMovie/FCE specially.

iMovie/FCE video format


Before conversion, you can click “Settings” button right besides “Format”and enter “Profile Settings” panel to adjust video size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channels.

3. Start DVD to AIC conversion and then add videos to iMovie/FCE

When all the settings are fine, click the Convert button to start converting DVD movies to iMovie/FCE AIC MOV files. When the conversion completes, locate the results videos and then launch iMovie/FCE, choose File > Import > Movies…, to import the converted DVD video into iMovie/FCE for compiling Alumni and Guest Speaker montages.

Additional Tips:

1) If you want to edit DVD clips in Final Cut Pro X or FCP 7/6, you just need to choose the “Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as output format in the second step; For Avid MC, choose “Avid Media Composer->Avid DNxHD(*.mov)” as output; For Adobe Premiere Pro or Vegas Pro, choose Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas> MPEG-2(*.mpg) as output.

2) If you want to convert Blu-ray, DVD as well as video files like MTS, AVI, WMV, MKV, FLV, VOB, etc. to iMovie/FCE supported video formats, just turn to Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac, which is an all-in-one toolbox to convert BD/DVD and various video formats to iMovie/FCE video formats. And in this Easter Holiday, you’re gonna get it with 50% OFF discount. Just feel free to have a try!

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