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Import YouTube Videos to iMovie (iMovie 11 Included)

As you know, YouTube is a very popular video sharing site. You may have found many interesting videos that make everyone laugh on YouTube, or you've downloaded some other kinds videos on your computer. To make these videos more stylish, you might have tried to open them in iMovie, but only to find that they just gray out. The reason is that YouTube videos are often in FLV format, and they can't be recognized by iMovie. This tutorial tells you how to download YouTube video if  you haven't saved them to your computer yet, and import YouTube videos to iMovie (iMovie 11 included) if you have downloaded YouTube to your Mac or Windows PC.

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Part 1: Download and Import YouTube Videos to iMovie for Editing

With iSkysoft YouTube downloader and converter, you can easily save YouTube videos to iMovie supported format and directly import video to iMovie for editing. No extra tools are required.  The original quality of YouTube video will be kept. 

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Step 1: Run your browser and visit YouTube.com. When you play a video, you will see a Download button appearing at the top left corner of the video. Press the button and then the downloader will open and start downloading YouTube videos for you. 

Launch iTube Studio for Mac

Step 2: When the video is downloaded, switch to the Downloaded tab on the left, you'll see the downloaded videos in the list. Hit the Convert button and a format choosing window will show up. 

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Step 3: Choose iMovie as the output format

After the window shows up, select iMovie from Apple Software category. Press OK to start converting YouTube videos to iMovie supported format. 

Step 4: Now import YouTube video to iMovie. Open it from the Application folder or the dock, go to "File" menu, select Import > movies, find where output videos are saved. choose the videos and press "Import".

Then your work is done! Just download iSkysoft YouTube Downloader for Mac (OS X 10.9 Mavericks) and have a try! It's a piece of cake to import those videos to iMovie to create your own masterpiece!

Part 2: Convert YouTube FLV Videos to iMovie (without Downloading)

If you've already downloaded YouTube FLV files to your Mac. You just need to play those videos with VLC player. In order to import YouTube videos to iMovie, you need to convert it to a format that can be recognized by iMovie. So you can try this YouTube to iMovie Video Converter for Mac, which lets you convert YouTube clips to iMovie supported formats professionally and easily. The latest version of iSkysoft Video Converter for Mac also lets you download YouTube video with a built-in web browser. 

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Step 1: Add YouTube clips to the app by dragging and dropping. Or go to "File" menu, choose "Add Video Files" to find the YouTube videos and add them into it.

add FLV files to the FLV to iMovie app

Step 2: Choose "iMovie" as the output format. You can get the clips by using the "Split" function when you want to import a specific YouTube clip to iMovie.

YouTube vide to iMovie

Step 3: Then start conversion by pressing the "Convert" button. And this FLV to iMovie Converter will do the rest thing for you.

Step 4: Run iMovie, go to "File menu", select Import > Movies, find the output YouTube files are saved. Choose the files and press "Import".

I broke down and paid and it seems to be working although it's taking a while.
Wow, both the methods are just easy and well explained. We can easily import flv videos to imovie to play it on itunes. I think the first method is simple and easier than the second one.. although thanks a lot for the tutorial.
Cool tutorial, well explained too, i was looking for it since a long time... now i should download the software to give a try. Hope it works as i expected. thanks
Just drag and drop and you are done to convert any videos to imovie... isn't it pretty cool. Well for now iam using imove convertor which is just awesome and useful for all mac users.
Importing youtube video into imovie seems like it is pretty simple to do. I do not know a lot about this stuff but hey, the tutorial seems like almost anyone could do it.
I love being able to share videos that I find funny or entertaining but have often had trouble with it. But this describes how to download videos from youtube to imovie very easily.
Yeah YouTube videos, normally FLV videos, are not supported by iMovie. We have to convert the video to imovie on mac. Never tried any software, will try the above one soon. thanks
Yeah it works smoothly on my windows machine and can convert all type of files to imovie.. don't about about mac as i didn't tried yet. but the this program is highly recommended.
excellent article, Well i usually use some free tools to download all stuff my youtube, but where as in mac i can't use them so i downloaded this software. 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. cheers!
The conversion process from FLV to iMovie was so quick that I didn’t even have time to smoke half a cigarette.
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