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:
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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. See this:
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.
I looked at the link to MPEG Streamclip but there was some language about the possibiity of something being deleted, and I am nervous anytime that is a possibility, because Murphy's Law always seems to come into play in situations like this.
Any other options for making this work?
Am kind of surprised that Apple doesn't have a simple, intuitive way of making this work.....
I fully agree with zyfert. MPEG Streamclip is a very reliable product and has been around for years. It's an invaluable tool to have on your Mac. And it's free!
It can also be used to extract stills from video - see AppleMan1958's User Tip (including a video tutorial) here:
OK, found out that I have the MPEG Streamclip already on my Mac. Checked out the DVDxDV but it was $80, so not planning to go that route unless nothing else works. Looked at the Apple mpeg plug in but am not 100% sure which one I need----have OS 10.6.8.
Once I have both of these, what is the sequence to put the DVD into iMovie? Do I insert the DVD first or open one of these programs or.....???????
Thank you so much! I need to have this finished by Monday, so not sure how much sleep I'll be getting this weekend!
Just follow the instructions that AppleMan has given you above:
Disregard the Lion/Mountain Lion installation if your OSX precedes that and just do the rest.
OK, have DVD on desktop, have opened mpeg streamclip and have dragged icon for DVD onto streamclip's window. But am not seeing anything to select, and the only way it "does" anything is if I click on the arrow at the bottom. Is this correct, or have I missed a step somewhere?
Thank you for your patience!!!
I even printed off your instructions. It appears that once I "drag the VIDEO TS folder from the DVD into MPEG Streamclip" that it should start working on the video, but it just sits there, unless I click one of the arrows at the bottom of the page. It doesn't ask any questions, just sits there. So between the information I quoted and the next part, when you "FILE/EXPORT USING QUICKTIME" you don't need to do or select anything to make this happen?
Sorry to be slow on figuring this out. Thank you for your help!