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how to import a dvd movie into imovie

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I'm on a macbook pro (10.6.8) using imovie (8.0.6) and I have a DVD with footage of my band that a local town shot and posted on their local tv network.  so they sent me this dvd and inside it are two folders saying "AUDIO_TS and VIDEO_TS.  when I put the dvd into the drive it opens idvd and is played just fine.  so now I want to import this footage into imove so I can edit it and put it up on utube.  But I don't see how to import it into imovie.  can anyone help?



  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,300 points)
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    May 3, 2012 1:55 AM (in response to Burr Johnson)

    You need to convert the VOB files in the TS-Folder of the DVD back to DV which iMovie is designed to handle. For that you need mpegStreamclip:



    which is free, but you must also have the  Apple mpeg2 plugin :

    (unless you are running Lion in which case see below))

    which is a mere $20.

    Another possibility is to use DVDxDV:

    which costs $25.

    For the benefit of others who may read this thread:

    Obviously the foregoing only applies to DVDs you have made yourself, or other home-made DVDs that have been given to you. It will NOT work on copy-protected commercial DVDs, which in any case would be illegal.


    And from the TOU of these forums:


    Keep within the Law

    1. No material may be submitted that is intended to promote or commit an illegal act.
    2. Do not submit software or descriptions of processes that break or otherwise ‘work around’ digital rights management software or hardware. This includes conversations about ‘ripping’ DVDs or working around FairPlay software used on the iTunes Store.


    If you are running Lion:


    From the MPEG Streamclip homepage


    The installer of the MPEG-2 Playback Component may refuse to install the component in Lion. Apple states the component is unnecessary in Lion, however MPEG Streamclip still needs it.


    To install the component in Lion, please download MPEG Streamclip 1.9.3b7 beta above; inside the disk image you will find the Utility MPEG2 Component Lion: use it to install the MPEG-2 Playback Component in Lion. The original installer's disk image (QuickTimeMPEG2.dmg) is required.


    The current versions of MPEG Streamclip cannot take advantage of the built-in MPEG-2 functionality of Lion. For MPEG-2 files you still need to install the QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback Component, which is not preinstalled in Lion. You don't have to install QuickTime 7.


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