DVD into iMovie

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Nekkid Fish, Jan 23, 2007.

  1. Nekkid Fish macrumors member

    Jan 12, 2007
    So Cal
    I'm a little confused about how to bring a DVD movie into iMovie. :confused:

    Do I use (almost) the same steps as are posted in the sticky under iTunes, and use MacTheRipper, and then Handbrake to bring the DVD's into iMovie?

    I've searched the forums first, but still not clear on the steps to take.

    I also read that the DVD's, if too large, might crash iMovie. Is there a rule of thumb on how big is too big? I'm not sure what the DVD sizes are. We have some home movies that were brought onto DVD from 8mm's.

    My wish list includes Apple having better tutorials on how to use their various i software app's. :rolleyes:

    Thanks bunches! Jules
  2. theBB macrumors 68020


    Jan 3, 2006
    If you are going to use Handbrake and convert your DVD into mpeg4, you might as well skip Mac The Ripper step. Just push your DVD in, close DVDplayer if it comes up and then start Handbrake. Use high bitrate and quality settings.

    I have never imported any clip longer than 10 minutes, so I don't know whether there is a limit to the length of a movie that iMovie can safely handle. However, Handbrake lets you rip each chapter separately. That's what I would do to be on the safe side. It would also make editing much easier later.
  3. Nekkid Fish thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 12, 2007
    So Cal
    Thanks BB ... I'll give it a shot. I have one DVD that is 16 minutes, so I'll try that one first.

    The other one is 46 minutes, so who knows how that will go, and the third one does not have any time on it, so I have no idea how long it is. :cool:

    HUGz! Jules
  4. tilman macrumors regular

    Feb 28, 2006
    I use MPEG Streamclip with the Quicktime MPEG2 plugin ($29 on top of Quicktime Pro) to convert the DVD video into DV format. I had no problems editing the results in either Quicktime Pro or iMovie 6.

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