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How to copy/import YouTube into iMovie for editing?

How do I get and put YouTube videos into iMovie? I'm having a problem with importing videos in iMovie. I downloaded YouTube clips and they are in .flv format. If I want to put them into iMovie when I find the file it is dull and does not let me click in it, and if I try to open it using QuickTime it says it's not a video file. How can I convert and import YouTube videos to iMovie for editing?


The iMovie program is a video editor for the Mac OS X operating system. If you want to use it to edit videos downloaded from YouTube, you may find it’s not that simple. Most YouTube videos are in FLV format which iMovie doesn’t support. What you’re gonna do it to convert YouTube videos to a format that is compatible with iMovie, say MOV, MP4. To do so, you may use Video Converter for Mac. This YouTube to iMovie Converter is specially designed for Mac users to convert almost any videos to any formats on Mac OS X, including Snow Leopard and Lion. Once you’ve converted the clips, you can easily import YouTube into iMovie. Below is the step-by-step guide.


Step-by-step Guide on Importing YouTube into iMovie for Editing


Download YouTube to iMovie Converter

So, you may want to download and install this Video Converter for Mac. It’s 100% clean and safe and free to try.


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Add YouTube Clips

Then you can import YouTube videos into this program for converting. For your convenience, you may just drag-drop the files to the application. Alternatively, you may select “File” -> “Add Video Files” to browse your YouTube videos and add them to the program.



Select Output Format

If you are sure what types of videos are supported by iMovie, you may select one accordingly. Don’t worry if you don’t have a clue. From the drop-down list, you can select iMovie directly as the output and Video Converter will convert your videos into a iMovie compatible video.



Convert YouTube to iMovie

Finished all settings, select “Start” button and this smart software will now start converting YouTube videos to iMovie format.

Once the conversion is done, you may launch iMovie and import converted YouTube files into iMovie smoothly for editing. If you have other videos that aren’t compatible with iMovie, use the help of Video Converter for Mac. iMovie '11, iMovie '09, iMovie '08 and iMovie HD are all supported.


1. Video Converter for Mac is capable of editing videos. If you want to edit videos before converting, click the button like a scissors and a new window will pop up where you do some editing to your videos. Here you can do a few things: clip, crop, adjust effects, add watermarks, etc.

2. If you want to combine several files into one single file, click in the box before “Merge into One file” and you will get one file when the conversion is done.