Tips for Importing YouTube Videos to iMovie

Last updated on June 3, 2018 by Cindy Smith

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Tips for Importing YouTube Videos to iMovie

import youtube to imovieYouTube is one of the best platforms for sharing video resources among unlimited number of users. We often love to make videos and then share it with friends but for this purpose our major requirement is to have best editing tools so that our video appear effective to viewers. Maybe you want to re-edit the YouTube video for some reasons. However, you will be only to find that you’re probably not able to import YouTube video to iMovie. That’s because most of the YouTube videos are in FLV format, which is not supported by iMovie. Here we will show you how to easily download and import videos from YouTube to iMovie for editing.

Download YouTube to iMovie Compatible Formats

Unlimited number of users from different corners of the world love to watch videos on YouTube whereas some of these always wish to download their favorite videos and play them on their personal computer, iPad, iPod or other media devices. You can easily export videos from YouTube to MOV or MP4 and they can be well supported by all media devices; while on the other side, these formats are also supported by iMovie platform for editing. Here are few methods of exporting YouTube videos into MOV or MP4 formats:

1. Standalone Downloader App: Video Keeper

The other most preferable tool for exporting YouTube videos into MOV is Video Keeper. It provides an easy way for you to download and convert YouTube videos to iMovie supported video formats. You can simply copy and paste the video link to capture YouTube videos and then use the built-in converter to change the video format to suit your needs. Downloading YouTube playlist and batch downloading are well supported so you can grab many videos at a time. Besides YouTube, it also allows you to download videos from other popular video sharing websites, including Vimeo, Facebook, Dailymotion and many more.

In case you are interested to know more about this solution, refer to the guideline below.

Step1 Download and install the program

In order to use the Video Keeper to its fullest benefits, first you need to download and install the program from the official website or directly via the buttons below, which will download the program to your computer instantly, and then you can directly install it onto your computer.

Try It Free

Step2 Detect Video

After the installation is completed, launch the application then go to detect tab and paste the link chosen from youtube. This software supports multiple downloads which make it easier for you to download all at once. Please make sure that you toggle the “Detection” to on which located at the bottom right-hand side of the interface.

Note: By default videos from community sites are being downloaded from “Download” tab where you can paste the link. See picture below, the website was searched directly from the interface instead. This is the other way around. From here you search and download from any movie or community sites.

detect video

Step3 Check Download Status

To check the status of the download switch tabs from “Detect” to “Download” to see the progress. Might want to check the setting at buttom left-handside of the interface to customize it.

download video

Step4 Convert

From the downloaded section highlight the video that you want to convert. Then click convert from the options below the interface. Once you click convert the tab will be switch to “Convert”.

convert video

To choose the format just the drop down from the “Profile” section > Device > Choose the Format then finally click the ” Convert” button to initiate the conversion. Therefore as most of the videos on YouTube are present with FLV format that is not supported by iMovie thus you have to choose MP4 or MOV as output format when using this tool. Actually, it brings a professional and ultimate solution to all users to make videos compatible with any latest device including iPod, iPad or iPhones.

device output format

2. Video Downloader Free Online

Acethinker’s Free Video Download Online is a web-based software to download videos from different community sites. This is compatible almost on every browser. This tool has a user-friendly interface that even a beginner can easily navigate through it. To demonstrate the process we will get video from youtube. Check out the step by steps procedure below.

Step1 Visit the Official Website

Copy the link of the video that you wish to download then,visit Acethinker’s Official page.Next, paste the Link to the URL box as shown in the picture below.

free online video downloader page

Step2 Select a Format and Download the Video

Click the download button to see the format available. Once you are decided click the download button beside the video format chosen.

select to download video

Guide for Importing YouTube to iMovie

Below you can find complete step by step procedure for using YouTube Movies in iMovie:

Step1 Prepare your file for iMovie

First of all you need to identify your favorite video on YouTube which you want to use with iMovie. Then just copy the URL of this video and download this video with one of the above solutions. Mind that you need to select iMovie compatible formats which usually include MP4, MOV, etc. Then all you need to do is just to start the downloading process and wait for it completes.

Step2 Import your file into iMovie

After you have your file ready, open iMovie on your device and drag your video file into your iMovie project window. If you are working with iMovie 09 then you have to import this file from specified location. Afterwards you can simply add your video to existing or new event as per your requirement and you are all set to edit your video.

import video to imovie


With all these available software it becomes much easier to bring YouTube movies into iMovie platform without making additional efforts. We always love to edit videos in order to make them more useful but the difficult part is to have a compatible software platform between available videos and editing software. Above information provides complete details for using YouTube movies in iMovie platform with suitable software tools that can be easily accessed over internet. Now you can enjoy your favorite videos on your device anytime with such a healthy platform for conversion and editing.

If you have any other way to download and add YouTube video to iMovie for further editing, you can share your idea with us. Any suggestion will be highly appreciated and reliable solution will be added to the article later.

November 10, 2016
Post By Cindy Smith to YouTube Video Downloader
Last updated on June 3, 2018

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