Ever since Microsoft Windows removed the DVD playback support, VLC Media Player has become the favored app to play DVDs. Turns out, it works even better than the native Windows DVD Player as VLC supports encrypted DVDs. But what makes it so powerful? You probably have guessed it. It’s libdvdcss (or libdvdcss-2*), a free and open source software library introduced by the VideoLAN project.
libdvdcss can access and decode DVDs encrypted with the Content Scramble System (CSS). While this library cannot be used alone, it can be integrated into applications like VLC and VidCoder to make them possible for decrypting CSS-protected DVDs. It can also be downloaded separately and then added to HandBrake for ripping encrypted DVDs. But first, you need to download the correct libdvdcss. In this post, we are going to teach you how to download libdvdcss on Windows to make it an effective DVD decoder for your HandBrake or other software. Please read on.
* libdvdcss and libdvdcss-2 are the same things with different name conventions.
An important thing to note is that libdvdcss must be consistent with your Windows system. For example, you need to install libdvdcss 32-bit for Windows 32-bit and libdvdcss 64-bit for Windows 64-bit. Here, we list the most common libdvdcss.dll/libdvdcss-2.dll files for each Windows version with download links. But you can also check the VLC libdvdcss repository for all available libdvdcss files.
Download libdvdcss.dll 1.2.13 for Windows 32-bit | Download libdvdcss.dll 1.2.13 for Windows 64-bit
Download libdvdcss.dll 1.4.0 for Windows 32-bit | Download libdvdcss.dll 1.4.0 for Windows 64-bit
Download libdvdcss.dll 1.4.1 for Windows 32-bit | Download libdvdcss.dll 1.4.1 for Windows 64-bit
Download libdvdcss.dll 1.4.2 for Windows 32-bit | Download libdvdcss.dll 1.4.2 for Windows 64-bit
Download libdvdcss.dll 1.4.3 for Windows 32-bit | Download libdvdcss.dll 1.4.3 for Windows 64-bit
Note: Make sure that the software you use, say, HandBrake, is compatible with your Windows version as well.
After downloading the libdvdcss file, simply paste the file into the root directory of your software installation folder. Next, open the software and let the library file do its magic. For more information on how to use libdvdcss with HandBrake, please check out this article: Rip Encrypted DVDs via HandBrake Libdvdcss on Windows.
However, keep in mind that libdvdcss recognizes DVDs with CSS encryption only. Other DVD protections, such as CPRM, Multi-angle, RCE, Sony ARccOS, UOP, Disney X-Project DRM and Cinavia Protection, cannot be decoded by libdvdcss and may cause errors like HandBrake won’t scan DVD, HandBrake won’t rip DVD, or HandBrake DVD rip scrambled. Under such circumstances, it’ll be better to look for a professional DVD decrypter.
libdvdcss has a limited ability to decode DVDs. And where libdvdcss fails you, WonderFox DVD Ripper Pro will come to the rescue. This simple yet powerful DVD decrypting and ripping tool is built with state-of-the-art decryption technology to tackle with not only CSS but also the latest copy protections. Meanwhile, it provides various formats and profiles to let you rip DVDs efficiently. Here is how to use this software to decrypt and rip DVDs on Windows.
Before start, please free download free download the program on your PC.
Insert a DVD into your computer first. Then launch WonderFox DVD Ripper Pro and select DVD Disc to load the DVD source. The program will scan all DVD titles and mark the main title/main movie automatically.
Tips. You can also load a DVD from an ISO image or a DVD Folder.
Press the output format button on the right-hand side to open the output format page. Next, head to the Video section and choose your preferred video format. You can explore other sections, such as Audio, HD/4K, Web, Device, and 1:1 Quick Copy to discover more output options.
Tips. Open Settings and you can adjust the encoding settings as you see fit.
Before ripping, you can choose the audio and subtitle tracks to keep. Finally, set an output folder and press Run to start the DVD ripping.
Yes, VLC includes libdvdcss natively so as to play DVDs encrypted with CSS.
libdvdcss is used to access and unscramble CSS-protected DVDs. It can be integrated into applications like VLC, VidCoder, and HandBrake for playing and ripping DVDs.
It’s controversial whether libdvdcss is legal in the US. While DMCA outlaws any distribution of service for “the purpose of circumventing a technological measure that effectively controls access to a work protected”, there is no known legal challenge to libdvdcss as of writing this article.
Disclaimer: WonderFox does not advocate any illegal duplication and distribution of DVDs. All information provided in this article is presented for general informational purposes and personal fair use only. Please refer to the DVD copyright laws in your country before you rip any DVDs.