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An Easy Guide on HandBrake Rip DVD

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Updated on Jun 9, 2023

In this “HandBrake Rip DVD” guide, I will teach you how to rip DVD with HandBrake, the most renowned video transcoder. In addition, I will show you how to rip protected DVDs error-free in case that you get errors ripping with HandBrake. Just read and follow.

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Whether to back up DVD collections to PC or to play DVD movies on tablet or phone, you need to rip DVD disc to digital file first with a DVD ripping program. HandBrake DVD Ripper, as an open-source and multiplatform program, is one of the most popular tool that people would like to use to rip their DVDs. But how to rip a DVD with HandBrake exactly? Can HandBrake rip copy-protected DVDs? If you still don’t know how to use HandBrake to rip DVDs properly, read on this article of HandBrake rip DVD for detailed steps.

How to Rip DVDs with HandBrake DVD Ripper

Add DVD source

Step 1. Open the HandBrake downloads page, download and install the right version for your computer:

Step 2. If you only need to rip home-made DVDs, you can skip this step. Or you need to install libdvdcss, a free software library for removing DVD CSS protection that will make Handbrake rip DVD with copy-protection available.

Windows users check out the step-by-step guide to install libdvdcss on Windows.

MAC users download this file and double-click it to install it:

However, if you're using OS X El Capitan, the libdvdcss file will be removed by SIP that is a security feature on El Capitan. Two methods are useful to deal with this problem: You can choose to disable SIP or install a command-line tool like Homebrew.

Note. Handbrake libdvdcss may not work all the time and you could encounter errors like “HandBrake DVD rip scrambled” and “HandBrake stops encoding halfway”. The best fix to this would be switching to a HandBrake alternative to continue ripping your DVDs. Jump to #Part 2 to learn the details.

Choose the presets

Step 3. Insert a DVD disc into the DVD-ROM and then launch HandBrake DVD ripper.

Step 4. Choose the DVD drive from the left sidebar as the picture shows.

Step 5. It may take a few minutes to load the DVD. After the process is finished, move to the "Title" drop-down list on the upper left and choose the parts you want to rip. Usually, we select the longest title because it's the main movie we want to watch.

Step 6. Click the "Browse" button on the lower right corner to specify an output path and rename the output movie. Optionally, you can go to the Preset section to choose a needed resolution, and other related parameters based on your own devices.

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Step 7. Click the green Start Encode button to start ripping DVDs with HandBrake at once. Wait for the process patiently and it will take a while to complete the ripping process.

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Some people may fail to have handbrake rip DVD, especially to get HandBrake to rip protected DVDs. The truth is, you must install libdvdcss to remove CSS DVD copy protection but the plug-in can't deal with the latest DVD copy protections. Moreover, some common HandBrake DVD ripper errors, such as HandBrake no valid source found, HandBrake not working, and HandBrake audio sync issues are likely to get in your way. For a trouble-free DVD ripping experience, you can read the next part for more tips.

Want to Rip DVD at Faster Speed and Simplify the Steps?

To get rid of the issues above, here I'd like to introduce the best HandBrake alternative – WonderFox DVD Ripper Pro. It's equipped with advanced DVD Decryption Technology to remove virtually all copy protections. Then, it can help you copy DVD to MP4, MKV, AVI, ISO, and all popular formats quickly. Moreover, you don't have to know much knowledge on the supported formats of your devices as WonderFox DVD Ripper Pro offers optimized presets for TV, iPhone, Android phone. etc. In simple clicks, you're able to rip any DVD easily. Free downloadFree download DVD Ripper Pro to have a try.

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Insert your DVD disc into DVD-ROM > Select DVD source (DVD disc, ISO image or DVD folder) > The DVD will be loaded quickly and the main title for DVD movie and TV show will be intelligently detected > Open the output format menu and choose an output format or device > click the Run botton to initiate the process.

It balances among compression ratio, file size and output quality, and reduces DVD size efficiently. After a series of tests, WonderFox DVD Ripper has been proven to have the fastest DVD-to-digital conversion speed. Besides letting HandBrake rip DVD for you, WonderFox DVD Ripper is also worth a try!


Free download WonderFox DVD Ripper Pro to rip DVDs in simple clicks and enjoy your visual life without limits. This functional software has more features like extracting audio from DVD, making ringtones, editing DVD, cutting DVD clips, etc.

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Please note : We don't encourage people to copy and distribute any copy-righted contents. The methods in this article are for personal and non-commercial use only.

Related reading: Is It Legal to rip a DVD for Backup and Private Use in Your Country?

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