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How to import YouTube video into iMovie

If you are interest in some online YouTube videos and want to add them to your iMovie project. You may follow this guide to learn how to do that.

Video formats accepted by iMovie include MPEG-2 and AVCHD, DV-Standard and HDV (High Definition Video), QuickTime Movie, MEPG-4. In order to import YouTube video into iMovie, you need to download and convert YouTube video to iMovie compatible format first.

It is very easy and fast to download YouTube video and convert YouTube video to iMovie using Clone2Go Video Converter for Mac.

Step 1. Download YouTube Video

Download the latest version of Video Converter for Mac, install and run it.

Import YouTube video into iMovie

Click the YouTube icon in the interface of the program. Then you can start to download and convert YouTube videos in the pop-up “Clone2Go YouTube Downloader” window.

Learn more about how to download YouTube videos on Mac

Step 2. Select output format: “MPEG-4 Movie (*.mp4)”

After the downloaded videos are imported into Video Converter for Mac, go to the “Output” panel. Click the “Profile” drop-down list to choose “MPEG-4 Movie (*.mp4)” as the output format.

Import YouTube video into iMovie

Step 3. Start converting

When all settings are done, click the “Convert Now” button to start convert YouTube to iMovie format.

Step 4. Export the output file to iMovie

Launch iMovie, go to “File > Import > Movies…”. Select the converted MP4 video then click “Import”.

Import YouTube video into iMovie

That’s it! Now you can edit your videos in iMovie. Enjoy making your own movies!

How to free download YouTube videos on Mac

When you are building a slideshow project using iMovie or iDVD, you may want to insert online YouTube videos into it. Sure, you need to download the video first. Clone2Go Free YouTube Downloader for Mac can help you easily download videos from YouTube and save them as MP4, FLV or 3GP files. When you get the downloaded videos, you can start importing into your iMovie or iDVD project.

In the following tutorial, I’d like to show you how to download videos from YouTube on Mac using Clone2Go Free YouTube Downloader for Mac.

Step 1. Download Clone2Go Free YouTube Downloader for Mac (download link), install and run it.

Below is the screenshot of this free YouTube downloader for Mac:

Free YouTube Downloader for Mac

Step 2. Add YouTube Videos

Visit and go to the YouTube video page you’d like to download to your Mac. Copy the video link from the address bar of your browser.

Paste the link to the “Video Link:” box and click the “+Add” button, then it will be added to the manager panel at the top of the interface. To add more videos, just copy and paste the link to the the box and click the “+Add” button again. Then there will be a list of URL of Videos showing in the manager panel.

free download YouTube videos on mac

Note: You can click the “-Remove” button to remove the links you don’t want.

Another way to add YouTube videos is to directly drag and drop them to the main panel of the program.

Step 3. Specify Output Format

Choose the output format you need from the “Output Format” options. Tick the “HD MP4 if it is available” if you want to download YouTube HD videos as HD MP4 files.

free download YouTube videos on mac

Step 4. Specify Output Folder

Click the “…” button to locate the folder where you want to output the downloaded YouTube videos.

Step 5. Start to Download

Click the “Download” button to start downloading and converting YouTube videos. When the downloading begins, the downloading process is clearly shown in the manager panel. You can also get the video information such Title, Duration, File Size, etc from the manager panel.

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Easily create photo slide show movie for viewing on iPad

It is a cool experience to watch movies and videos on iPad’s big screen. However, have you ever thought of bringing your still photos to life and creating a photo slideshow movie with background music, transitions, pan & zoom, text, artclips, subtitles, etc for viewing on your iPad? Get Photo DVD Burner to help you do that. The steps are as easy as 1, 2, 3.

Step 1. Organize Photos

Click the Organize Photos tab in Photo DVD Burner to create one or more albums, select photos from a folder in your computer hard drive and add them to the album.

In the sub-tab of Album Photo, you can add or remove photos, rotate photos, set album thumbnail, arrange the order of the photos, etc. Note: Double-click one single photo in the album and you will be able to personalize the photos (transition, Pan & Zoom, Text, ArtClips, Subtitle, Brightness / Contrast, etc) one by one in the Photo Configuration window.

Switch to the Transition & Music tab, and you can set background music, apply transition effect, specify transition duration and photo duration, randomize photo transitions, etc.

Create Photo Slideshow Movie for iPad

In the Album Theme tab, there are lots of album themes available for you to choose from. You may also add separate photos to the beginning and end of the album, and edit album beginning title and ending title, such as text, effect, duration, background color, etc.

Also you are allowed to preview the whole album before the conversion by clicking the Album Preview button.

Step 2. Choose Output Format

Click the Burn Disc tab at the top menu to go to the conversion window. Then click the Output Format drop-down menu and choose iPad MPEG-4 Movie for the slideshow. And in the Parameters Setting area, you can specify output directory, profile (iPad H.264 HD Video, iPad H.264 Video or iPad MPEG-4 Video), and video/audio parameters such as video bitrate, size, codec, frame rate and audio codec, bitrate, sample rate, channel.

Create iPad Photo Slide Show Movie

Step 3. Create iPad H.264/MPEG-4 Slide Show Movie (*.mp4)

After you set the above parameters, you click the Create Now! button and start creating photo slideshow for iPad.

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Insert a video clip into your photo slideshow project

Besides photos, you may also want to insert a video clip into your slideshow project. However, not all video formats are accepted by photo slideshow software. Take Windows Movie Maker for example, it only supports video formats like .asf, .avi, .wmv, .mpeg, .mpg, .mlv. Therefore, if you have a video file in .m4v, .mov, .mkv, .flv, .3gp, or .mts format, you cannot directly import it into your Windows Movie Maker project.

Today, I’d like to introduce a totally free video converter from Clone2Go. Using this free video converter, you will be able to convert nearly all video formats for inserting into your slideshow project.

The best part of this freeware is that it allows you to exactly trim the video length. So you can insert the exact clip you need to the slideshow.

Below is the screenshot of this free video converter:

free video converter

You may go to its website to learn more about it:

Free Photo Slideshow Software – Photo Story

We have already reviewed Socusoft Photo to Video Converter Free and DVD slideshow GUI. Today, let’s focus on another free photo slideshow program – Photo Story.

Free Photo Slideshow Software - Photo Story

Photo Story is a free application that allows users to create a slideshow from their digital photos. The software allows adding narration, effects, transitions and background music to create a Windows Media Video movie file with pan and zoom effects.

Pros: Intuitive and easy to use, rich in features, panning and zooming with various transition effects, crop black borders, add text and soundtracks.

Cons: Save video file in wmv format only, no burning video to CD/DVD is supported.

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Interface –  3.8/5

Easy to install – 4.0/5

Easy to use – 4.6/5

Features – 4.0/5

Output quality – 4.3/5

Conversion speed – 4.2/5

Overall rating – 4.2/5

Other free photo slideshow software you may have interest in:

Windows Movie Maker
DVD slideshow GUI
Windows DVD Maker
Socusoft Photo to Video Converter Free
iDVD (Mac OS)
iMovie (Mac OS)