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How to Rip DVD with HandBrake 1.2 for macOS (High) Sierra/Mojave or Its Best Alternative

Get detailed guide on how to Rip DVD with HandBrake 1.2 on macOS (High) Sierra/Mojave. When HandBrake not ripping DVD error happens, what should you do?


Through over 10 years development and improvements, open-source video transcoder giant HandBrake finally hit/evolved to 1.0.0 version in late 2016. As an open source video transcoder, HandBrake does a good job in video converting and DVD ripping. Seeing that converting video from A to B with HandBrake is much simpler, this post will put it aside, centering mainly on offering guide on:

HandBrake 1.0.7 for Mac High Sierra

▶ How to rip DVD with HandBrake for Mac on macOS?
▶ How to fix HandBrake DVD ripping errors?
▶ Best HandBrake for macOS Alternative

Part One - How to Rip DVD with HandBrake for Mac Easily on 10.14/13/12 etc.

Preparation: To begin with, you should free download HandBrake for Mac in latest 1.1.1 version and install it on your Mac computer, like iMac, MacBook/Air/Pro and Mac mini.

Free Download Link: https://handbrake.fr/rotation.php?file=HandBrake-1.2.0.dmg
OS Requirement: Only support Mac OS X from 10.7 or later (Intel 64bit)

Step 1: Then you need to insert DVD disc into DVD drive of Mac and launch HandBrake to import it by clicking "Open Source" to choose. (Two other DVD formats - ISO image and DVD folder are also accepted by HandBrake.)

Step 2: When DVD content is fully scanned and loaded, it's time to do crucial output settings by:
● [For advanced users] self-defining video format, encoder and fine tune specific video parameters. HandBrake for Mac offers MP4 (X264/X265/MPEG-4/MPEG-2) and MKV (x264/x265//MPEG-4/MPEG-2/VP8/VP9/Theora) formats, lacking of hardware accelerated MP4 (H.264 Intel QSV) option.
● [For newbies] one-click choosing an output profile in the built-in device presets list, where over 70 options are provided to meet whatever playback needs.

Step 3: Run the DVD ripping process by clicking green "Start" button on the top.
>>Check more detailed HandBrake Features & HandBrake Mac Tutorial

 Fix HandBrake for Mac DVD Ripping Errors

Part Two - How to Fix HandBrake DVD Ripping Errors on macOS?

There's no problem for HandBrake to rip common DVDs. But when it comes to DVD disc locked with CSS or the latest copy protections, HandBrake will fail to read it or directly crashes during DVD loading or scanning. How to solve HandBrake cannot rip encrypted DVDs? Well, it varies from OSs:

For Mac OS X 10.6 or lower: HandBrake is not available for those systems, so you'd better find a HandBrake for Mac alternative.
For Mac OS X 10.7 Lion to 10.10 Yosemite: Installing a third-party tool - libdvdcss from VideoLAN is the most efficient way to aid HandBrake in ripping some DVDs protected by CSS/Content Scrambling System and region code. Unfortunately, it still has no idea on complicated commercial DVDs.
For Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan, macos (High) Sierra, macOS Mojave: When you upgrade your Mac to any of the three versions, libdvdcss file installed before would be removed by new security system titled "System Integrity Protection". In this way, you have to redownload and replace it in another path or ask help for macOS package manager. >>Check how to replace libdvdcss on 10.11 or later

Best HandBrake for High Sierra Alternative

Part Three - Best HandBrake for macOS (High) Sierra Alternative

Early in May, 2017, HandBrake went through a "hack crisis" on Mac. All Mac users who have got HandBrake 1.0.7 DMG package online from May 2ed to May 6th may have their computers infected with Apple Trojan called OSX.PROTON. Offcial HandBrake announcement came out on May 6 and showed how to do the detection and removal works.
>> Is HandBrake (1.x) Safe to Download and Use Now?

Actually for Mac users, especially for DVD collectors, HandBrake is not the ideal choice for DVD ripping. Firstly, it would never grow into a free DVD ripper that supports all of your DVDs due to the technical limitation. Secondly, it brings about too many compatibility errors on Mac like HandBrake not working, freezes and keeps crashing. At last, the crowded interface is much elusive for general users, some of which even cannot get accustomed to it after using several times.

To help rip both new hot and classic movie DVDs, TV series DVDs, workout DVDs, Japanese adult DVDs and the unplayable DVDs, in 99-title or not, WinX DVD Ripper for Mac is highly recommended as the best HandBrake for Mac (10.14/10.13/10.12) alternative. Better than HandBrake for Mac, this Mac DVD ripping software supports the most advanced Intel QSV and NVIDIA (CUDA) NVENC hardware acceleration, improving DVD converting speed greatly (up to 250-320 FPS). And as a member of Digiarty's mature product line, WinX DVD Ripper for Mac has got countless good words from both Mac users and web editors.

This DVD ripper can copy copy-protected movies to your hard drive and convert them to a number of popular formats. It's a great tool for making your DVDs watchable on your iPhone, iPad, iPod, etc. - Rick Broida (CNET review)

With a simple approach and an intuitive conversion procedure, this application can be considered a perfect choice to rip and optimize video files for playback on miscellaneous devices and video players. - Ioana Dumitrescu (Mac.Informer review)

If you want to "rip" DVDs to different devices, then WinX DVD Ripper for Mac is a solid choice. It's also a solid solution for those who want to make backup DVD copies of their protected DVDs. - Dennis (MacNews review)

Now let's get into how to use the best HandBrake for macOS (High) Sierra alternative!

Handbrake Video Settings Tutorial for Mac version

Step 1. Free download it here or from its official download page with no malware, trojan, virus, plugin, then double click the DMG file to open it.

Step 2. Click "DVD Disc" (or "+ Folder"/"ISO Image") to choose and load DVD in seconds. If the DVD is new encrypted one, the software will pop up a main title information window to inform you.

Step 3. Choose certain video format (e.g MP4, MOV) or device (e.g iPhone, iPad) as the output profile.
Note: If you prefer to backup original DVD with no compression or transcoding, "DVD Backup" offers you options, like main/full title copy, full title to MKV. It can also rip DVD to HEVC encoded MP4 file, which you can find out under "Common Video Profile" -> "PC General Video".

Step 4. Do more settings on resolution/aspect ratio/subtitles, and edit the video by cutting/trimming/rotating for perfectly playback or fitting your taste. After everything is ready, check "Safe Mode" and tap "RUN" to fire up the DVD ripping.

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