Do you meet the problem that something stop you from importing YouTube video into iMovie for editing? And most of the time, you can directly put your downloaded video to iMovie successfully. So why? It's actually because the Apple's iMovie can't support some of the YouTube video formats.

In the next part, you'll know which formats are incompatible with iMovie and how to convert these YouTube video to iMovie supported format.

Why You Fail to Import YouTube Video to iMovie

At first, YouTube doesn't provide the way to download video from its website. But it allows users to upload video in MOV, MP4 (MPEG4), AVI, WMV, FLV, 3GP, MPEGPS, WebM. Usually, most of the third-party YouTube downloader can download these videos to these formats above.

However, iMovie doesn't support AVI, WMV, FLV and WebM videos. So if you import videos in FLV, AVI, WMV, WebM format to iMovie, you'll fail to do that. The solution is convert the incompatible YouTube videos to iMovie and you can get from the guide below.


How to Convert Downloaded YouTube Video to iMovie

There are various kinds of converters for you to convert and put YouTube video to iMovie for editing. VideoSolo Video Converter Ultimate is strongly recommended. It has 6X faster conversion speed than competitors because it supports GPU acceleration technology including NVIDIA CUDA, NVENC, AMD, and Intel. By using this YouTube to iMovie converter, you can convert any YouTube videos to iMovie supported format.

Just download this program and you won't suffer from the video/audio incompatible problem.

Step 1. Add YouTube Videos to the Application

Get the Mac version installed and click the "Add Files" button to import your downloaded YouTube video you wish to convert. Since batch conversion is supported, you can add multiple files for your conversion.

Add Video Files

Step 2. Choose the Output Video Format

Browsing the output formats list, you can select the video output formats such as MP4, MOV to convert your videos since MP4 and MOV are supported by iMovie.

Also, you can directly choose the format in "iMovie" and Final Cut Express, which work best with iMovie.

Choose the Output Video Format

Step 3. Convert the Downloaded YouTube Video

Click the "Convert" button and then a conversion interface will open up to show the process of your video conversion.

Convert the Downloaded YouTube Video

Step 4. Put YouTube Video to iMovie

After the conversion ends, you can launch the iMovie on your Mac and click "File" >"Import" to import the converted YouTube videos to iMovie. Do the editing you want now!

Import Video to iMovie


Expand! An Free YouTube Video Downloader Recommended

Actually, you can directly download the YouTube to iMovie supported format to avoid this problem. The most common used format and supported by iMovie is MP4. Here, we share a online YouTube downloader to help you download YouTube to MP4.


VideoSolo Online Video Downloader, has intuitive and clean interface. It doesn't have any ads and virus. You only need to copy and paste the URL of YouTube video to its search box and click "Download" to analysis the video. After it has shown the optional formats and quality type, click the green "Download" to start downloading. Just have a try if you need.

VideoSolo Online YouTube Downloader

Now, you have already know how to put your YouTube video to iMovie successfully. Hope you can edit your YouTube videos in iMovie better after reading this guide. Don't forget to give us a thumb if you think this guide is useful to you.