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HandBrake Not Working Solutions: Fix 'HandBrake Crash/Won't Rip DVD' Error

How to fix HandBrake not working errors, like 'HandBrake crash', 'HandBrake won't rip DVD' on Windows (10), macOS (High Sierra)?

- Some of my DVDs won't go past the scanning stage, getting stuck at file 6 of 15 when I try to rip them with HandBrake. Please give me a solution?
- I attempt to rip a DVD to MP4 file using HandBrake . Everything seemingly goes well but suddenly, the encoding progress stops working. Upon opening the video, only 5 minutes has actually encoded. HandBrake won't rip my DVD. Any suggestions?

HandBrake, this hot free and open-source DVD converter for multi-platforms, indeed helps thousands of people rip DVD movies to MP4 or MKV files as well as devices like iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple TV, Android, Windows Mobile, Xbox, PlayStation, Roku, Chromecast and more for backup or later playback. However, some users are experiencing HandBrake not working errors as mentioned above failing to get a great resulting digital file from DVD disc. Well, here we would like to share the best solutions to fix HandBrake not working problems like 'HandBrake crash', 'HandBrake won't rip DVD' for having DVDs ripped on PC/Mac successfully.

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How to Fix HandBrake Not Working Error

The most common complains about Handbrake not working error are that HandBrake crashes or hangs while scanning DVD titles and won't rip a DVD completely, for example it only outputs a couple of minutes of video. There are several possibilities causing those problems, for example the HandBrake version is too old, the DVD is encrypted, the DVD has a bad sector. As for those possible causes, we gather the following solutions to have HandBrake not working problems settled.

1. Install the Latest HandBrake
On December 24, 2016, HandBrake was eventually published with version 1.0.0 after 13 years of development. Thanks to updated and new libraries, HandBrake can support VP9/HEVC video encoding well. Intel QuickSync accelerates DVD/video conversion speed. And, performance has been greatly improved. Now, HandBrake arrives with the latest version 1.0.7 which fixed some bugs of raw video decoding and x265 encoding on the basis of previous version. If you got HandBrake not working on Windows (10), macOS (High Sierra) or other platforms, try to download HandBrake 1.0.7 from its official download page: to see whether the problem is solved in the latest version.

Further Reading: HandBrake Windows Tutorial, HandBrake Only Rips Half DVD, No Valid Source Found [Solved Now!]

2. Set Specific Title to Scan
It aims to fix the issue 'HandBrake crashes/hangs while scanning DVD titles'.

▪ Firstly, play DVD you want to rip using DVD player software to catch main title of DVD movie.
▪ Secondly, Launch HandBrake and tap Source button to access to drop-down list. Here's an option said "Optionally choose a specific title". Input main title number to the textbox.
▪ Finally, choose DVD or Folder as source and HandBrake will only load and rip the specified title.

3. Remove DVD Copy-Protections with DVD Decrypter before Ripping with HandBrake
HandBrake is not capable of ripping encrypted DVD so that you need to use a DVD decrypter to remove copy protections and then start DVD conversion with HandBrake to avoid not working errors.

Alternatively, it is available to rip CSS encrypted DVDs with HandBrake by installing libdvdcss. But please note that HandBrake announced that this DVD converter can no longer read protected DVD content via VLC application starting with VLC 2.0. If you are used to VLC, please try older versions.

4. Use HandBrake Alternative
If you still cannot fix HandBrake not working errors after running the former three solutions, please turn to HandBrake alternatives, for example WinX DVD Ripper Platinum.

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum focuses on digitalizing any DVDs (including latest DVD movies, workout DVDs, 99-title DVDs etc.) with removal of copy protections, including CSS, Region Code, UOPs, RCE, Sony ArccOS, Disney DRM and other special schemes. Built-in 350+ profiles, not only can it rip DVD to MP4 (H.264), AVI, WMV, MOV, FLV, WebM and other mainstream video formats, but also it supports hundreds of devices profiles for iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Mobile, Kindle Fire, PS3/4, Xbox, Surface Pro/Books, TVs, Chromecast etc. For someone who would like to make a backup of DVD discs, this best HandBrake alternative offers several copy modes for 1:1 cloning DVD to ISO image, VIDEO_TS folder and a single MPEG2 file with main or full title.

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum takes full advantage of hardware acceleration with Intel QSV, Nvidia NVENC, Super Encode Engine and Hyper-threading tech to boasts an ultimite fast DVD ripping speed, about 10 minutes to rip a 2-hour movie (depending on computer CPU and DVD drive). It also outputs a crisp video with quality as original as source DVD.

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It fully supports Microsoft Windows, covering Windows XP/Vista/7/8 (32 & 64 bit) and newest Windows 10. And, the Mac version – WinX DVD Ripper for Mac can help you rip DVDs on Mac taking HandBrake not working errors away.
User Guide: How to Rip a DVD with WinX DVD Ripper Platinum…

Disclaimer: Digiarty Software does not advocate ripping copy-protected DVDs for any commercial purpose and suggests referring to the DVD copyright laws in your countries before doing so.


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Brent Archer is an experienced editor who loves all things related to social. He has spent more than a decade writing instructional contents related to social media, streaming services and video related topics all over the internet for Digiarty. Outside the social, he is addicted to Google I/O, Apple WWDC and other tech news to keep him informed.

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