Acethinker menu

Guideline on How to Import YouTube to iMovie

import youtube to imovieYouTube is a video hosting service that offers multiple video content like music videos, tutorials, vlogs, and documentaries. People grab videos from YouTube to make a funny meme. Then post it to different social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. With that being said, you need to re-edit the saved video using various editing software to produce a fantastic meme. However, iMovie, the built-in video editor of Mac computers, will not allow you to upload videos directly. The primary reason for it is that iMovie doesn't support FLV formats, which is the default format for YouTube videos. Check this article below to learn how to successfully import YouTube video to iMovie so that you can edit YouTube videos using iMovie.

Navigation of Contents

Why You Can't Import YouTube Video into iMovie

Format incompatibility is the primary reason why iMovie doesn't allow you to import videos directly from YouTube. MOV, AVI, WMV, FLV, and WebM are the most common video formats that they use in uploading YouTube videos. However, those said formats are not supported by iMovie. Every time you import videos with those formats, videos cannot be opened. Check the next solution that can help you to convert videos from different video formats so that you can import and edit the downloaded YouTube videos to iMovie.

imovie not working

How to Convert Downloaded YouTube Video to iMovie

If you want to edit some videos downloaded from YouTube in iMovie, but just find the videos are not supported by iMovie, you can turn to AceThinker Video Master for help. It is an all-in-one video suite that can turn any video format to MP4, MKV, AVI, MKV, FLV, and more. It can also convert videos to audio formats like MP3, MPEG, 3GP, and the likes. Follow the steps below to convert movies and videos from YouTube to iMovie compatible files.

Try it for Free

Step 1 Install the Video Master

You can get this tool by clicking one of the "Download" buttons above. After downloading, launch it and follow the steps on installing this tool on your computer. Once done, open the tool to get familiarized with its interface.

vm mac main interface

Step 2 Open the YouTube video file

Next, you can open the video by clicking the "Add File" button at the center part of the tool, and locate the video file to your computer storage. You can also drag the video and drop it on the software to open it immediately.

vm mac import video

Step 3 Start converting YouTube videos

After opening the video, click the "Profile" button at the lower part of the tool, and choose your preferred format to MP4, MKV, AVI, MOV, and more. It's recommended you select MP4 as the output format. Then, click the "Convert" button at the lower right corner of the software to start converting videos.

video master mac output

How to Add YouTube Video to iMovie

Step 1 Upload Videos to iMovie

First, launch iMovie on your Mac computer to access its main interface. From here, click "Import Media" to open the file explorer to find and upload the converted YouTube video into the software.


Step 2 Edit the Uploaded Video

Drag the imported video to the "Timeline" pane of the software. Then, there is an editing toolbar on the upper part of the main interface. From here, it allows you to add effects, titles, backgrounds, and transitions.


Step 3 Export the Edited Video

Once you're done editing the video, you can click the "Export" button on the upper right corner. From here, click the "File" icon and select "Next" on the window that will appear. Lastly, on the window that will appear, click the "Save" button and wait for a few seconds until the video will render completely.

produce video

How to Download YouTube Video and Add to iMovie

If you want to download YouTube video and then edit the video in iMovie, then you can check AceThinker Video Keeper, an all-in-one YouTube downloader and converter. With it, you can download videos from multiple sharing sites like YouTube, Facebook, Dailymotion, and many more. It is also capable of grabbing videos from the internet from different qualities for up to 720p, 1080p, and 4K resolution. Aside from that, Video Keeper can also download the videos included in a YouTube playlist within a few clicks. Aside from downloading, this tool is also capable of converting videos to multiple useful formats. Check the detailed steps to download the YouTube video and then convert the format to iMovie supported one.

Step 1 Download and Install Video Keeper

To start, select from the "Download" buttons below that corresponds to your operating system. Then, run the installation wizard to obtain the software on your computer. Next, launch the software when the installation process is completed.

Try it for Free


Step 2 Set up the Initial Settings of Video Keeper

Next, click the "Three-Dots" on the upper right part of the tool to select the "Settings" menu. From here, it allows us to change the default settings of the software, including the output folder, default download format, accounts, and many more. Once done with the configuration process, click the "Ok" to save changes.

set up

Step 3 Download Videos from YouTube

Open a web browser and go to YouTube to search for the target video you want to download. Next, copy the URL of the target video, then go back to the tool to click the "Paste URL" button. So the video will be moved on the download queue of the tool.

downbload video

Step 4 Transfer the Downloaded Video on Convert Tab

Once the downloading process is finished, go to the "Completed" panel on the left side of the tool. Right-click the downloaded file to expand the menu list and select the "Add to." From here, you can click the "Add to Convert" to transfer the downloaded video on the "Convert" tab of the tool.

convert video

Step 5 Convert YouTube Video for iMovie

The Convert tab clicks the "Profile" dropdown menu to select from different multimedia formats supported by iMovie. Next, click the "Folder" icon to locate the converted file on your computer's local file. Then, click the "Convert" button on the lower right corner of the tool to start the conversion process and wait for a few seconds, and the video will save to the selected folder.

convert video

Tip: Once the conversion process is done, you can successfully upload the videos to iMovie.

Extra Tips: Upload Videos to YouTube on Mac

Being a YouTuber is everyone's dream nowadays because it can make anyone famous and earn money at the same time. Vloggers, musicians, and other artists use this video-sharing platform to share their talents. However, to be a great YouTuber, you need to know how to upload videos to YouTube. Check the comprehensive steps below on how to upload videos from iMovie to YouTube efficiently.

Step 1 Visit the Official Website of YouTube

Launch Safari on your Mac and visit the official website of YouTube. From here, click the "Sign-in" button on the upper right corner using your Gmail account. Once logged in, you can now enjoy the full features of YouTube.

Step 2 Select Video from the Local File

Click the "Camera-like" icon on the upper right part of the YouTube webpage. Then, select "Upload Video" and click the "Select File" button on the new window to choose the video from the local file on your computer.

upload video

Step 3 Add Details to the Video

After selecting a video file, you can add details like the name, description, target audience, and thumbnail of the video you want to upload. After adding details to the video, click the "Publish" button below and wait for a few seconds until the video will be uploaded directly.


free music recorder

FAQs about Importing YouTube to iMovie

How do you convert YouTube videos to iMovie for free?
Use a 3rd party video converter like the AceThinker Video Master. Follow the steps provided, and you’ll have your YouTube video ready anytime.
Can you import music from YouTube to iMovie?
Well, the thing is that you need to download a YouTube video first and save it on your device. Once downloaded, open iMovie and import it using iTunes. Drag and drop the downloaded music and let it load automatically.
author portrait
Back to top
Contact Us