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how to import dmg files into imovie

1903 Views 10 Replies Latest reply: May 14, 2013 10:36 AM by photojunkie1989 RSS
photojunkie1989 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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May 13, 2013 1:43 PM

Hi,

I copied home movies that were on DVD's onto my desktop. They all came in as a dmg format. How do I get these into imovie so I can start creating projects using the various footage from them?  Help!  Thanks!

iMac (27-inch, Late 2012)
  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,890 points)
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    May 13, 2013 6:33 PM (in response to photojunkie1989)

    If you  double click the dmg file it will open and then you can access the files that are inside it and import those into iMovie,

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,890 points)
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    May 13, 2013 6:48 PM (in response to photojunkie1989)

    Ah you didn't mention that you had a Video DVD, that's an important bit of information.

     

    A DVD that was made to be played on a DVD player has a very different format form one made for a computer. In order to access the content of the DVD o you will need to convert or rip the DVD. Please realize that if the DVD is a commercial DVD (or a copy of one) then it is protected by DRM and you will not be able to rip it and also it is against the TOU here on ASC to discuss the ripping of commercial DVD's. Apple will pull your account here is that is the case.

     

    So with that in mind you can rip the DVD using something like HandBrake

  • John Cogdell Level 5 Level 5 (4,595 points)
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    May 14, 2013 5:33 AM (in response to photojunkie1989)

    In addition to Frank's suggestion regarding Handbrake, our usual suggestion here is to use MPEG Streamclip to convert the video to Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC) which is iMovie's preferred format. Handbrake will convert the DVD content to H.264 (using x264) which does work in iMovie, but AIC is the preferred format as it transcodes the video to full frames (H.264 comprises compressed frames which aren't edited as efficiently as AIC).

     

    See this User Tip by AppleMan1958 for the full instructions on using MPEG Streamclip -

    https://discussions.apple.com/docs/DOC-3951

     

    John

    MacBook Pro (15-inch Late 2008), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3), Sony HDR-SR7 & DCR-TRV20E
  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,890 points)
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    May 14, 2013 5:54 AM (in response to photojunkie1989)

    Well if Hadbralke doesn;t recognize it it is in a strange format. I've never had Handbrake not work on a Video DVD files.

     

    Where did you get the video from? How was it made? When you open the DMG what does it look like, a screenshot would help.

     

    Also what messages did you get from Handbrake when you used it?

  • John Cogdell Level 5 Level 5 (4,595 points)
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    May 14, 2013 6:08 AM (in response to photojunkie1989)

    photojunkie1989 wrote:

     

    I tried both Handbrake and MPEG Streamclip and they both would not recognize any of my files for HOME MOVIES

    Did you follow the instructions in AppleMan's User Tip? You need to work from the DVD - not from the dmg files you've already imported.

     

    John

    MacBook Pro (15-inch Late 2008), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3), Sony HDR-SR7 & DCR-TRV20E
  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,890 points)
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    May 14, 2013 10:31 AM (in response to photojunkie1989)

    Well iMovie won't directly import a video DVD so either you converted it somehow or never had a video DVD to begin with.

     

    Either way glad you got it working.

     

    regards

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