Transfer a DVD to Imovie, How?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by BeeVeePee, Dec 29, 2007.

  1. BeeVeePee macrumors newbie

    Dec 29, 2007
    I had a Hi-8 video transferred to DVD, via Walmart, now I want to pull clips from the DVD....I "dragged n dropped" the DVD thingy on my desktop to imovie..but they became only stills and were freakish colors...

    please help... the way ..this forum is spectacular..
    thanks in advanced
  2. treehorn macrumors 6502


    Aug 21, 2007
    Long story short: video on DVDs can't be edited/manipulated. It's compressed and encoded in a manner that they are basically proprietary for DVD use only.

    So you have to uncompress/convert them into something that can manipulated.

    You can use either a program like Cinematize

    or a freebee like MPEG Streamclip.

    Both give you options to convert DVDs into an editable format. For IMovie, you'll be wanting export it into DV (which will uncompress your footage into very large files.
  3. mperkins37 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 17, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    Try Visual Hub

    I found VisualHub to be great for any kind of encoding & it's cheap.
  4. gkarris macrumors 604


    Dec 31, 2004
    "No escape from Reality..."
    Got this one...

    Use Handbrake to make an .mp4 file, then put into iMovie...
  5. -DH macrumors 65816

    Nov 28, 2006
    Nashville Tennessee
    Why compress an already heavily compressed video (DVD) even more (MPEG-4, only to have to convert it to a DV stream for iMovie? That makes no sense at all. Talk about having some quality hits! Sheesh.

    Use MPEG Streamclip to convert it directly into the format that iMovie uses natively.


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