Best Way to Import Blu-ray to iMovie for Editing with Best Quality

Monica Pavtube

Jul 17, 2014 01:16 am / Posted by Monica Pavtube

For Mac users, it's likely that you have a home-made Blu-ray disc and wish to send them to edit with iMovie or wish to extract one of your favorite movie clip on a Blu-ray disc to design a Hollywood-style beautiful movies with stunning effect by your own with iMovie. The following article will show you how to import home-made or commercial Blu-ray to iMovie editing respectively.

Import home-made Blu-ray to iMovie

If you only have access to the Blu-ray disc and no other files and that you are using iMovie ver 10.
Mount the Blu-ray disc via your Blu-ray burner and navigate to the BDMV folder and then to the m2ts files in the STREAM folder. There are at least 2 m2ts files but you want the larger of the 2. In the picture below it is 00001.m2ts.

Choose large m2ts file under stream folder

Your file numbers may be different.
Copy this .m2ts file to the desk-top.
Now you should be able to import m2ts file into iMovie ver 10.
If you have more than 1 large m2ts file then import the others as well.
You get 1 large m2ts file for each menu item on the disc.

Load commercial Blu-ray disc into iMovie

To edit clips on a Blu-ray disc with iMovie, you will need an extra step that isn't necessary for home-made Blu-ray disc. Comemercial Blu-ray disc are equipped with compliated protection to make copying them a littlte more difficult. Therefore, before going any further, you will first need a special program to bypass that protection. There are many Mac Blu-ray Ripper software that can do that job for you, however, you may finally settled on Pavtube ByteCopy for Mac for the following reasons:
- Automatically bypass the copy and region protection from Blu-ray disc in the backgroun without installing plug-ins
- Perfect compatible with the new Mac OS X El Capitan and macOS Sierra.
- Extract a M2TS movie clip from Blu-ray movies with fast ripping speed for loading into iMovie for editing
- Make a full disc copy of Blu-ray with original structure to save as a BDMV folder which contains not only the M2TS movie file but also the chapter information and all the subtitle languages and audio tracks for loading into iMovie with no quality loss.
- Generate other iMovie compatible editing format such as quicktime mov, mp4, dv, mpeg-2, hdv, etc accoridng to your own needs.
- Produce iMovie favorable less processive editing format - Apple Intermedia Codec (AIC) for high quality and high performance HD workflows with iMovie.
- Flexibly adjust output profile settings such as video codec, bit rate, frame rate, resolution or audio codec, bit rate, sample rate or channels to let them fit with iMovie best editing settings.
- Do some simple Blu-ray video editing such as trim or cut video to remove unwanted parts or segments, crop video to remove black edges or unwanted area, merge separate video clips into one, flip video horizontally or vertically, rotate video clockwise or counter-clockwise, split large video into small parts by file size, count or length, add video/image/transparent text watermark to video, apply special rendering effects, remove/replace audio in video, insert external srt/ass/ssa subtitles to Blu-ray movies.

Apart from iMovie, you can also use the program to load Blu-ray movies to other Mac editing software such as FCP X, Davinci Resolve, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro, etc.

How to Get Commercial Blu-ray Movies Imported to iMovie Editing?

Step 1: Load Blu-ray disc

Insert your Blu-ray disc into an internal or external Blu-ray drive, Lauch the Mac Blu-ray backup program on your Mac computer, click "File" > "Load from disc" to load Blu-ray disc into the program.

Step 2: Choose output file format.

Click "Format" drop-down list, there are many different output options for you to choose according to your own needs and situation, you can directly choose one of iMovie supported editing formats such as "MOV - QuickTime MOV(*.mov)" or make a fast main movie copy of Blu-ray as a M2TS file for iMovie editing, if you do not want to loss any quality and also your unwanted subtitle languages, audio tracks, menus and chapter information, etc, a full disc copy of Blu-ray disc would be your idea choice, you can also output iMovie best editing AIC codec for smooth and fast HD workflow with iMovie.

Output iMovie supported file formats

Output iMovie best editing HD workflow formats

Main movie copy of Blu-ray

Full disc copy of Blu-ray

Click the full disc copy icon on the main interface to make a lossless backup of Blu-ray as a BDMV folder with original Blu-ray structure.

Tips: You can remove unwanted audio tracks or subtitle streams in the Multi-task Settings window.

Step 3: Edit Blu-ray video.

Check an item to active the "Video Editor" function, then click the pencil like icon on the top tool bar to open the "Video Editor" window, you can trim video length, crop video black bars, add watermark, apply sepcial rendering effect, remove/replace audio in video, etc.

Step 4: Begin the conversion process.

After all setting is completed, hit right-bottom convert button to begin the Blu-ray disc content extracting or Blu-ray disc copy process for iMovie editing.

When the conversion is completed, you will have no problem toimport video to iMovie for professional editing.

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