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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".