How to Copy Videos to an iMac


The iMac is one of Apple's flagship products, and it was designed to be simple to use and pretty to look at it. The iMac has always been a popular choice amongst graphics and video professionals because of its high-end processing power and superior design software. If you are interested in copying videos to your iMac, you can use built-in programs such as iMovie to edit and process them.

Things You'll Need

  • Thumb drive

Using Portable Storage like a Thumb Drive

  • Turn your computer on and plug your thumb drive into one of your iMac's USB ports.

  • Select the "Finder" icon located in the dock at the bottom of the iMac's screen. Then click on the "Go" button and choose "Desktop."  You should now see the thumb drive icon.  Double-click on it .

  • Select the video file you want to transfer to your iMac and drag it to the computer's desktop.  This will initiate copying of the video from the thumb drive to the iMac.

From the Internet

  • Open the Safari Internet browser and go to YouTube or any other video site, such as Vimeo or MetaCafe.

  • Locate the video you wish to transfer to your iMac.  When you are in the video's streaming page, click "Window" on the menu bar, then select "Activity" from the drop down menu and select the item with the largest file size.  Be sure it contains the words "get_video." Double-click it, and Safari will automatically start downloading the video.

  • Rename the downloaded file with a .flv extension.  A prompt will ask you if you want to add the ".flv" extension to the file name.  Click "Add" to finalize the file renaming. Double-click the file and watch your downloaded video.

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