How to put DVD into Windows Movie Maker project?

If you are fond of some video clips from a DVD movie and want to add it to the slideshow you are making with your Windows Movie Maker, you may get into the trouble that the DVD format is incompatible with Windows Movie Maker. The following step by step tutorial may help you out of the headache.

Note: This version is for Mac OS. If you are using Windows, please click here

Before getting started, let’s know something about DVD and Windows Movie Maker.

  • General DVD‘s have CSS copy protection in MPEG-2 or VOB format.
  • Windows Movie Maker is a totally free program that comes with Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional, and Windows Vista (also called Windows DVD Maker). Windows Windows Movie Maker supports WMV, AVI and MPG video files.

To put DVD movie clips into Windows Movie Maker, you need to convert your DVD to WMV or AVI video first, and then load it into your Windows Movie Maker project. I’d prefer using Xilisoft DVD Ripper to do this.

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Step 1. Import DVD movie

Click “Open DVD” button, select a DVD (or DVD Folder, ISO file, IFO file) in the dialog box that opens, and load it. The Loaded DVD’s information, such as chapter, title, etc., will be shown in the file list.

Note:This DVD Ripper can rip copyright protected DVD movies, but you should remember it is illegal to rip DVD for any business purpose.

Import DVD into Windows Movie Maker

Step 2. Choose output format/subtitle/audio track, trim the movie

After you load the DVD files, click the “Profile” drop-down list to select “WMV – Windows Media Video (*.wmv)” or “AVI – Audio Video Interleaved (*.avi)” as the output format.

A regular DVD movie has multiple “Subtitles” and “Audio Tracks”. This DVD Ripper allows you to select any available subtitle and audio track to convert to the specific video/audio format you need.

If you just want a certain part of the DVD movie, you can click the “Clip” button to cut the DVD movie. You can drag the timeline bar to set the start and end time point or simply input the “Start Time” and “End Time” to get the segment you want to convert and output. Click the “New Clip” to get more segments if you need.

Import DVD into Windows Movie Maker

Segment list displays all segments that are needed to output, including the start time, end time and length.
Check Output segments as whole one option to merge the segments in the list into one video to output.

Step 3. Start to convert

After the above steps, you just need to click the “Apply” button and wait for the conversion to be finished. This DVD Ripper provides the fastest conversion speed (>500%) and fully supports dual core CPU.

Step 4. Import the output video into Windows Movie Maker

Run Windows Movie Maker. Tn the “Movie Task” bar, click “Add Video” to browse your computer and locate and import the converted files. Then you can start to make personal movies.

Import DVD into Windows Movie Maker

Tip: Many users may wonder how they can convert Windows Movie Maker file (*.MSWMM) to other video format or burn MSWMM to DVD. A *.MSWMM is a project file of Windows Movie Maker; it is not a video file (more like a record file). You can open *.MSWMM file in Windows Movie Maker (click “File -> Open Project Project…”) and save the movie to your computer: go to the “Tasks” bar, click “Finish Movie” and then click “Save to my computer”.

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