To import a DVD movie into iMovie, you have to rip your DVD to MP4 or MOV video first, and then load the result files into iMovie.
Software used: Total Media Converter or DVD Ripper for Mac
Total Media Converter (Free download Intel version, PowerPC version) can directly import both DVDs and video files into iMovie, iPod, iTunes, Apple TV, iPhone, Creative Zen, PSP, PS3, Archos, BlackBerry, etc. Support various formats including DVD, VOB, IFO, FLV, Youtube, AVI, MPEG, M2ts, AVCHD, WMV, MOV, MP4, MKV, MPG, etc. DVD Ripper for Mac (Free download Intel-based version, PowerPC Mac version) can upload DVD to iMovie with ease. It supports ripping DVDs to almost all popular video and audio file formats.
Let's take DVD to iMovie Ripper for example.
1. Put your DVD disc into your DVD drive, click 'Load DVD' to locate your DVD file and import it, or load it by clicking 'Load File' to add DVD IFO file. This Mac DVD Ripper can import copyright protected DVD movies into iMovie.
2. Select output format and subtitle
After loading the DVD files, click the format drop-down list to select MP4 or AVI ' as the output format. To be compatible with iMovie, you can choose MPEG-4 Movie, if you want the best quality for the output MP4 video, Apple TV H.264 1280*720 is recommended. Additional formats such as iPod MP4, iPod Touch MP4, iPhone 3G MP4, PSP\PS3 MP4, QuickTime MOV, MP3, etc.
A regular DVD movie has multiple subtitles and audio tracks, and you can select the right one for you. If you just want a certain part of the DVD movie, you can click 'trim' to cut the DVD movie. Just drag the timeline bar to set the start and end time, and then blue line will be the captured parts.
3. Convert DVD to iMovie, Quicktime MOV or MP4 format
After the above steps, you just need to click 'Start' and wait for the conversion to be finished. It takes about 40 minutes to convert a common two hours DVD movie.
4. Importing DVD into iMovie
When the conversion is finished, you can run the iMovie, build a new project, and then drag the converted files to the work space to make personal files.
Just so easy to import all DVD clips into iMovie, or load any DVD segment into iMovie. The solution works nice for lots of users.