Ok, so I used Handbrake and all went well... BUT... according to Apple store and Apple Care it is the rip/quality/process of handbrake that is causing so much slowdown and stuttering issues in iMovie. So, I tried "rip it" and it worked, but it uses VLC (orange cone icon) to play it and I cannot get the footage imported into iMovie (11) ! This is a simple dvd of old home movies from 35 years ago. It should not be this hard! What do I do to get the footage into iMovie so I can make transitions, music, and a simple little dvd? Thanks folks!