You may have some funny YouTube videos that make everyone burst into laughters or some other useful tutorials stored on your Mac. In order to make these videos more stylish, you might have tried to open these YouTube videos in iMovie, but only to find that they just gray out. That’s because YouTube videos, normally FLV videos, are not supported by iMovie. Here this article introduces 2 easy ways to download and import YouTube videos to iMovie (iMovie 11 included).
Method 1: Convert YouTube videos to iMovie
If you’ve already downloaded YouTube videos to your local hard drive. You can use VLC player to play the FLV videos. To import YouTube clips to iMovie, you need to convert it to iMovie compatible format firstly. This professional yet easy-to-use YouTube to iMovie Video Converter for Mac gives you a hassle-free way to convert YouTube to iMovie friendly formats.
Step 1: Drag & drop YouTube videos to the program. Or go to “File” menu, choose “Add Video Files” to locate the YouTube videos you want to add.
Step 2: Select “iMovie” from output format dropdown list. If you only need to import a specific YouTube clip to iMovie, you can use the “Split” function to get the clips you need.
Step 3: Hit the “Convert” button to start YouTube video to iMovie conversion, this FLV to iMovie Video Converter for Mac (Snow Leopard, Mac OS Lion included)will get the rest done.
Step 4: Launch iMovie, from the File menu, choose Import > movies, navigate to the folder where the output YouTube videos are saved. Select the files and click “Import”.
Method 2: Download and get YouTube videos to iMovie on Mac (Snow Leopard, Mac OS Lion included)
With all-in-one iTube Studio for Mac can automatically detect YouTube videos and convert it to iMovie format directly, so you don’t need to worry about the video formats and settings, such as video resolution, bit rate, frame rate, etc.
Tip: If you only need to download YouTube videos, you can use Free YouTube Video Downloader for Mac to help you.
Step 1: Launch Safari and go to YouTube.com. A Downloading button will show up at the top left corner of the video when it detects the video on the webpage. Click the button and let the YouTube download wizard download videos for you.
Step 2: Click Library on the left side of the iTube Studio window to see the downloaded videos on the right. Check the item(s) you would like to convert, and hit the Convert button at the bottom of the window.
Step 3: Choose iMovie from the output format list
Step 4: Launch iMovie, from the File menu, choose Import > movies, navigate to the folder where output videos are saved. Select the files and click “Import”.
Bingo! You did it! Get iTube Studio for Mac for fun! Put those interesting YouTube FLV videos to iMovie to create your own masterpiece!