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How to Import Videos to iMovie on Mac/iPhone (from Storage or YouTube)

iMovie is a video editing software application developed for Apple Mac and iOS devices. You can edit and create videos with iMovie timeline workspace. Compared with other professional video editing software, iMovie is friendly to beginners because of its interface and price.

Importing videos to iMovie is the first step. However, you can see many similar questions like “Why can’t I import videos into iMovie?”, “iMovie won’t import video.” and more. Things will be worse if you try to import YouTube videos into iMovie.

Luckily, this article introduces all possible ways to add videos to iMovie from YouTube or other sources. No matter you want to take a video off YouTube and put it into iMovie, or you just want to add YouTube videos to iMovie from local drive, you can get the complete tutorial here.

How To Import Youtube Videos to iMovie

Part 1: Why You Can’t Add a YouTube Video to iMovie and How to Fix

Before importing videos to iMovie, you had better figure out the compatible iMovie video formats. Well, iMovie supports video files in DV, HDV, MOV, M4V, Apple Intermediate Codec, Apple Animation Codec, Motion JPEG/A, H.264, etc. But not all video files in .mp4 or .mov are supported. You need to check if the video contains the mentioned video codec first.

Sadly, most YouTube videos are uploaded in MOV, MPEG-4, AVI, FLV, WMV, WebM, etc. iMovie does not welcome those videos. you can find that the videos cannot be opened or just be greyed out in iMovie. Don’t worry about that. Here’re 2 workable ways to fix YouTube videos not importing to iMovie.

Add YouTube Videos to iMovie with YouTube to iMovie Converter

To put YouTube videos into iMovie successfully, you can convert YouTube video to iMovie compatible video format for editing. ApeaksoftVideo Converter Ultimate supports hundreds of input and output video formats with the specific profiles. Just choose the output device or editor. Later, you can get all the compatible formats directly. By the way, you can get the basic video editing features here, too.

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Convert video to iMovie from YouTube, Facebook, Dailymotion, Netflix, etc. camcorder, phone, etc.

Mirror, flip, merge, clip, crop, add watermark and adjust video effects.

Convert homemade DVD to iMovie video losslessly.

Enhance video to improve YouTube video quality in 4 ways.

Step 1: Run the YouTube video to iMovie converter software. Then add the YouTube video files to the main interface.

Step 2: Click “Profile” near the bottom to view all video formats. Choose the certain profile to get the compatible formats for iMovie. Click “Settings” next to “Profile” to adjust video settings, such as video encoder, frame rate, aspect ratio, resolution and more.

Profile Settings Output

Step 3: Click “Edit” to access the built-in video editor. In spite of common video editing tools, you can head to the “Enhance” section to upscale resolution, optimize brightness and contrast, remove video noise and reduce video shaking in clicks.

Enhance Video File

Step 4: At last, click “Convert” to export the YouTube videos for iMovie. By the way, you can also import DVD video into iMovie after ripping DVD with Video Converter Ultimate.

Download YouTube Videos to iMovie with Free YouTube Downloader

The other method to get a YouTube video into iMovie is using a YouTube downloader. During this time, you can free download YouTube video with Free Media Downloader. The downloaded YouTube video will be saved as MP4, MP3, AVI, WMV, MOV and other formats.

Step 1: Visit to download and install the free YouTube to iMovie downloader.

Run Youtube Downloader

Step 2: Copy and paste the URL of the YouTube video you want to download. Click “Paste URL” on the top toolbar. Then click “Analyze” to get downloadable YouTube videos.

Choose One Youtube Video

Step 3: You can choose which YouTube video to download based on the file size, codec and format. If you are not satisfied with the provided format, you can switch to “Automatically Convert to” and set the iMovie format near the bottom. Click “OK” to start downloading YouTube videos for free.

Download Youtube Video

Part 2: How to Import YouTube Videos to iMovie on Mac

Now you can import videos to iMovie on MacBook from YouTube or other video-sharing sites. There is no need to worry about iMovie not importing videos. If your video is in large file size, you had better recompress footages to get smooth playback. Otherwise, you may find that your Mac runs really slow.

Step 1: Open iMovie on Mac. Click “Media” on the top of the window.

Step 2: Choose “Import Media” from the “File” drop-down menu. Later, click “Import to” at the top of the window.

Step 3: Set a destination folder. You can save YouTube videos to a project or your iMovie Media Library. If you want to import videos from iPhone to iMovie, you need to plug iPhone into Mac first.

Step 4: Find where your YouTube videos are saved. To import videos from Photos to iMovie, you need to select the certain folder manually.

Step 5: Highlight the YouTube videos you want to add to iMovie. Click “Import Selected” to put YouTube videos on iMovie on Mac.

Then you can easily create your own videos in iMovie, or get the iMovie files into DVD for long-term preservation.

Import Video To iMovie On Mac

Part 3: How to clip YouTube video

iMovie is easy and free to use on your mac and iOS devices. You can import digital video footages to create videos with iMovie. However, iMovie still has many drawbacks. Many users complain that iMovie keeps failing to export, especially for rendering large movies. Other iMovie not working or responding errors are also annoying.

If you want to get an easier way to make videos with premade themes, ApeaksoftSlideshow Maker can be your best iMovie alternative. There are many video effects for different scenarios. At present, it is one of the best iMovie for Windows alternative. The Mac version will be released soon.

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1.Make your own movies with fabulous effects and themes.

2.Import videos, photos and music in popular formats.

3.Get 10 ready-made themes to quickly make slideshow videos, such as wedding, travel, Christmas, business, etc.

4.Customize the existing theme or make new ones with hundreds of text, transition effects, filters and elements.

Edit materials with video controller and photo & music processor.

Want to create a quick slideshow with fun themes? Here is the tutorial for iMovie alternative.

Part 4: How to Import YouTube Videos to iMovie on iPhone and iPad

Then how about upload video to iMovie from YouTube on your iOS device? To start with, you can use YouTube downloader or screen recorder to save YouTube videos first. Do not forget to check if you have converted YouTube videos to iMovie supported video formats or not.

Step 1: Open the iMovie app. Tap “Projects” on the top of the screen.

Step 2: Tap “+” to create a new project. You can also choose an existing project to open.

Step 3: Tap “Edit” near the bottom of the iPhone screen.

Step 4: Scroll through the timeline. Select a positon to add a video clip.

Step 5: Tap “+” > “Video” > “All”. Choose where your YouTube videos are saved.

Step 6: Tap “+” to import the selected YouTube videos to your iMovie project.

iMovie For iPhone

Both iOS and Mac users can import videos to iMovie with the above methods. It is a piece of cake to put YouTube videos to iMovie. You can use the same way to add video sources from other video-sharing platforms. Even though you add wrong videos, you can delete videos from iMovie with the detailed steps here.

Actually, Slideshow Maker is more friendly to novices than iMovie. You can add videos and photos in one click with this best iMovie alternative. The program will not slow down your computer or stuck on exporting. If you are not sure, you can free download Slideshow Maker to have a try right now!

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