Although HandBrake shows off powerful capability to rip unprotected DVDs to MP4 or MKV, it lacks of native support of encrypted discs. libdvdcss, a free library available to access and read CSS protection, is the best assistant to help HandBrake digitize DVDs without bothering about decryption. However sometimes, you may still encounter the trouble of "HandBrake libdvdcss not working" resulting in a failure to rip a copy protected DVD. Why and how to fix this problem? Let's get answers now.
HandBrake removed internal DVD decryption since version 0.9.3 in 2018 and required libdvdcss to get rid of encryption. Although HandBrake had released several updates in the past years for performance improvement, it still has no interest in decryption for copyright reason.
On the other hand, libdvdcss offers no more compiled libraries (libdvdcss2) for Windows 32 bit, Windows 64 bit from version 1.2.13 released in 2013 February. Recent years, distributors add more complex structural protections unrelated to CSS on new DVDs so that old complied libdvdcss will come no effect.
Mac users encounter HandBrake libdvdcss not working issue more commonly. It is unable to install libdvdcss.dylib on macOS for a long time. If you haven't built and installed libdvdcss on Mac with success, you will fail to rip an encrypted DVD with HandBrake.
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What's more, the latest HandBrake 1.2.0 is only available for 64 bit. HandBrake libdvdcss not working problem happens when here's 32bit libdvdcss installed.
Solution 1: Install the latest libdvdcss on Windows and Mac.
VideoLan released the latest version 1.4.2 of libdvdcss but didn't give compiled libdvdcss. Luckily, some talented developer published compiled libdvdcss library for ready to use with HandBrake.
Download and install libdvdcss-2.dll 1.4.2 on Windows:
• Visit this page: https://github.com/allienx/libdvdcss-dll
• Open 1.4.2 repository > 32-bit/64-bit (if you have updated/installed HandBrake 1.2.0) > lidvdcss-2.dll > Download.
• Move the dll file into HandBrake installation folder.
Compile libdvdcss 1.4.2 for macOS:
• Download libdvdcss source code from official page: http://download.videolan.org/pub/libdvdcss/1.4.2/
• Run the following command line to build libdvdcss:
brew install mingw-w64
tar -xjf /path/to/libdvdcss.tar.bz2
# Run 'make clean' before compiling again.
Source of the compiling instruction: https://github.com/allienx/libdvdcss-dll
Solution 2: Try HandBrake Alternative
As a matter of fact, HandBrake can handle a part of encryptions with libdvdcss is well ready but involves in the trouble to decrypt and rip DVDs which are protected with new and special schemes, for example Disney DVDs, workout DVDs and more. If you want to permanently eliminate HandBrake libdvdcss not working issue, it is highly suggested to find a qualified HandBrake alternative.
WinX DVD Ripper Platinum is our recommendation. It boasts supporting virtually all DVDs with the ability to circumvent CSS, region code, RCE, UOPs, Sony ArccOS, Disney DRM and other methods. It also keeps updates to handle newly released DVD movies/TV shows.
It built in 350+ codecs allowing you to rip DVDs to MP4, H.264, AVI, WMV, MOV, FLV, 3GP etc. The ready-made device profiles help you digitize DVDs for iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Huawei, Xbox, PS3/4 and other popular gadgets. It takes full advantage of hardware acceleration invoking GPUs (Intel, NVIDIA, AMD) to speed up transcoding and processing so that you can enjoy a superfast DVD ripping performance and get a resulting file with lossless quality.
WinX DVD Ripper Platinum offers the easiest way to rip ANY DVD to digital. In a few of clicks, you can finish DVD ripping process
Launch this HandBrake alternative > click "DVD Disc" to load source DVD > select an output format > click "RUN" to start ripping.
For PC and Mac only. Go to mobile page.
1. WinX DVD Ripper Platinum will automatically detect you graphic cards and enable hardware acceleration to get speeded-up process.
2. "Safe Mode" option can help you rip strictly encrypted DVDs without unexpected stop or other errors.
May Watt is a member of Digiarty. She offers a bunch of tips of how to handle multimedia files (DVD, video files, music etc.) and keeps her focus on tech news about Apple, Google, GoPro, DJI and more.