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How to Add YouTube Video to iMovie

Q: "I own many interesting YouTube videos and have tried to import them into iMovie for editing but unfortunately they are all grayed out. Anyone who knows any way to import YouTube videos to iMovie? Could you be so kind to let me know? I just want to edit YouTube videos with iMovie for sharing with my friends. Thanks in advance."

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Ever met this problem before? Importing YouTube video into iMovie but without success? Actually, that's because some YouTube videos are normally in MKV, WebM, or FLV formats, which are not supported by Apple's iMovie. But that doesn't mean there is no way to import YouTube videos to iMovie to edit. Here the following article will introduce two easy ways to download and import YouTube videos to iMovie for editing.

Before starting, you can use Any Video Converter Ultimate for Mac to convert YouTube video to iMovie.

1. Convert YouTube Video to iMovie with Any Video Converter

Step 1
Add YouTube videos to the application

You can import YouTube videos to Any Video Converter Ultimate by clicking the "Add File(s)" button or simply dragging & dropping them into the program.

Add videos
Step 2
Set output format as iMovie video

Browsing the Profile drop-down list, you can see Apple Software Specific Formats. Click it and choose Apple iMovie MPEG-4 Video as output format.

imovie output format
Step 3
Start converting YouTube video to iMovie

You can begin to convert YouTube videos to iMovie by hitting the "Convert Now" button on the right bottom of the program.

Step 4
Import YouTube video into iMovie

Launch iMovie, from the File menu, choose Import > Movies, navigate to the folder where the output YouTube videos are saved. Select the files and click "Import".

import youtube video to imovie

2. Download and Convert YouTube Video to iMovie

If you haven't downloaded YouTube video yet but want to download it and convert to iMovie, you can also use Any Video Converter Ultimate for Mac to download YouTube videos. But if you only need to download YouTube video, you are suggested to use Free Video Converter for Mac.

Step 1
Add the URL of YouTube video

Open your browser and find the URL of YouTube video you want to download. Click the "Add URL" button to copy & paste the URL into the window.

add youtube video url
Step 2
Download the YouTube video

Click the "Start Download" button to start to download the video from YouTube.

download youtube video for imovie
Step 3
Convert the downloaded YouTube video to iMovie

After the downloading is completed, you can add the video to Any Video Converter Ultimate to convert by clicking "Add to Convert List" button.

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Step 4
Now simply refer to the tutorial above to convert YouTube video to iMovie format
edit youtube video on imovie

So you see, it's easy to get your YouTube videos to iMovie for editing. What are you waiting for? Just download Any Video Converter Ultimate for Mac to make your masterpiece!

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