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Does HandBrake Remove DRM from DVD? How to Rip a DRM-ed DVD with HandBrake?

How Can I Use HandBrake to Remove DRM from DVD?

HandBrake, this expert open-source and cross-platform DVD/video transcoder, takes a top place on the free DVD ripper chart through years of development. In December 2016, HandBrake 1.0.0 was eventually released with a major upgrade supporting VP9 video encoding, Intel QSV encoder to enhance transcoding speed. In version 1.2.0, HandBrake added the support of NVIDIA NVENC to accelerate H.264 and HEVC encoding leading to rip an unprotected DVD to MP4/MKV more quickly.

But how about encrypted DVDs? Can HandBrake remove DRM from DVD? If it can, how to do that? If it can't, is there another way to rip a encrypted DVD? Let's dig out answers one by one.

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How to Remove DVD DRM in HandBrake? Get libdvdcss!

No matter how many upgrades HandBrake brings, it still can't circumvent DVD copy protections. So, is it impossible to use HandBrake to remove DRM on a DVD? Actually, you have the chance to rip a CSS-encrypted DVD with HandBrake if installing libdvdcss.

What is libdvdcss? It is a library designed for accessing DVDs with Content Scramble System (CSS) encryption, which is widely used by free player software to decode protected discs. It is available for Windows, macOS, Linux and more platforms. Using it, HandBrake is able to remove DRM on DVD and achieve DVD ripping successfully.

So, how to use HandBrake to rip an encrypted DVD with DRM removal?

Step 1. Download and install libdvdcss for HandBrake.
Download for Windows 32 Bit: https://download.videolan.org/pub/libdvdcss/1.2.12/win32/
Download for Windows 64 Bit: https://download.videolan.org/pub/libdvdcss/1.2.12/win64/

Install Handbrake libdvdcss for Windows
Install Handbrake libdvdcss for Windows

After the correct libdvdcss version is downloaded, copy the dll file to HandBrake installation folder. Now, libdvdcss is successfully installed on your computer. >> Read more for libdvdcss Windows download and install

To download and install libdvdcss on Mac, please follow tutorials: How to Install libdvdcss on macOS Sierra

Step 2. Launch HandBrake. If you have inserted the DRM-ed DVD into optical drive, HandBrake will automatically show the source selection panel. You just need to choose the DVD. If not, click Open Source to access the source selection panel.

Step 3. DVD will soon be loaded. Sometimes, HandBrake helps detect the main title while some other times you should manually select the main title. After confirming the title, click Browse button in Destination section to define folder to save output file and the name.

Step 4. In Output Settings section, select MP4 or MKV as output format. In addition, various presets are listed on the right of HandBrake window. You can pick any preset (for web, for devices and more) depending on your needs as output.

Step 5. Click Start Encode to remove DRM on DVD and rip the encrypted DVD to MP4 or MKV with HandBrake.

Remove DRM from DVD with HandBrake
Remove DRM from DVD with HandBrake
  • Tips:
  • 1. You can adjust video/audio parameters, like codec, bitrate, frame rate, resolution and more to achieve an ideal effect of the resulting file.
  • 2. HandBrake empowers you to add/delete audio and subtitle tracks. You can also import external subtitles for a foreign DVD.
  • 3. If there is no demanded preset provided by HandBrake, you can add a personalized preset by customizing preset name, picture size, audio and subtitles.

Troublesome to Decrypt DVD with Handbrake? Try An Easier Way!

It is not a simple task to install libdvdcss for HandBrake to remove DRM, especially on Mac. Errors like "won't install libdvdcss", "fails to rip encrypted DVD even though libdvdcss is installed" happen from time to time. And even if libdvdcss is properly installed, HandBrake may also have difficulty in ripping some DRM-ed DVDs. Is there an easier and more powerful way to remove DRM on DVD? WinX DVD Ripper Platinum, the best HandBrake alternative, is the answer.

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum is proud of its ability to support all kinds of DVDs, from newly released DVD movies, workout DVDs to old or even scratched DVDs.

* The output list is a mile long, ripping DVDs to MP4, AVI, WMV, MOV, FLV, 3GP, iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Mobile, Xbox, Sony PlayStation etc, while keeping original quality.

* Inbuilt hardware accelerator (Intel QSV, Nvidia NVENC) featuring stepped-up video encoding/decoding/processing plus Hyper-threading tech and Super Encode Engine produce an ultimately fast speed (about 10 minutes to rip a 2-hour movie). It has an intuitive but modern design leading you to learn how to get started quickly.

Following this tutorial, you can remove DRM from DVD as easy as pie.

1. Download and install WinX DVD Ripper Platinum on your computer.

2. Insert DVD into optical drive. Launch WinX DVD Ripper Platinum and click DVD disc to import source DVD.

Best HandBrake Alternative to Remove DRM
Best HandBrake Alternative to Remove DRM

3. All titles of DVD will be loaded soon. Main title is auto-checked. Meanwhile, Output Profile window appears. Select one format as output format, for example General Profiles > MP4 Video. Click OK.

4. Click Browse button to define destination folder and click RUN button to start DRM removal. After all is done, you can get a crisp video ripped from protected DVD in the destination folder.

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.

Related External Source from Wiki:

1. HandBrake - HandBrake is a free and open-source transcoder for digital video files, originally developed in 2003 by Eric Petit (a.k.a. "titer" from his SVN repository username) to make ripping a film from a DVD to a data storage device easier. Since then, it has undergone many changes and revisions...
2. DRM - Digital rights management (DRM) is a set of access control technologies for restricting the use of proprietary hardware and copyrighted works...


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Jack Watt is a sought-after editor at Digiarty. He is responsible for digital and multimedia world, delivering definitive video and audio related software reviews, enlightening guides, and incisive analysis. As a fan of Apple, Jack Watt also brings his experience to more readers and focuses on writing of the Apple ecosystem at large.

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