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What to do if HandBrake won't Rip Movie DVDs with Encryptions ?

Can HandBrake Rip Copy Protected DVDs?

HandBrake, as an open-source DVD ripping software for Windows, OS X and Ubuntu, can rip regular DVDs (homemade DVDs)/unencrypted DVDs and recognize Blu-ray structure internally. It has utilized new encoders such as x265 and libvpx to support H.265 and VP8, Intel QuickSync Video (QSV, hardware-based H.264 encoder) and LibFaac. Does the propelling technology help HandBrake bypass the DVD copy protections?

HandBrake can rip any DVD that isn't copy protected. But for almost all DVDs you buy in the store, you're out of luck. Handbrake cannot rip copy protected DVDs itself, even if it has been updated to 1.3.3. Videlicet, only a few of your commercial DVDs are able to be copied and transcoded by HandBrake on Windows, Mac and Linux.

Easily Rip any Protected DVDs Bought from the Store

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum is the Handbrake alternative for protected DVDs. It's able to:

  • Remove all DVD encryptions like CSS, region code, RCE, Sony ArccOS, UOPs, Disney X-project DRM, etc. Continuously updated to rip new movie DVDs.
  • Rip protected DVDs without the help of libdvdcss or other third-party programs.
  • Rip protected DVDs to MP4, HEVC, H.264, MOV, AVI, WMV, FLV, iPhone, iPad, TV, Android, webs, and more.
  • Rip protected DVDs 3-5x faster than Handbrake with GPU hardware acceleration, multi-core CPU utilization, and Hyper-threading tech.
HandBrake vs WinX DVD Ripper

Part 1. How can I Rip Copy Protected DVDs with Handbrake?

DVDs with CSS and the similar copy protections can be possibly handled by HandBrake when VLC libdvdcss is installed. That is to say, you can try your luck for ripping some commercial DVDs with the assistance of libdvdcss or something when using HandBrake. Follow the steps to download and install libdvdcss for Handbrake:

  1. Go to the official site of libdvdcss and download the 32-bit version or 64-bit version of libdvdcss on your computer.
  2. Find the libdvdcss.dll file and copy it to your Handbrake program folder in C:\Program Files\Handbrake or other path you use.
  3. Then you should be able to rip protected DVDs with Handbrake. (learn detailed steps to install libdvdcss)

However, there are some exceptions. For example, VLC 2.0 changed the code libraries it uses for decrypting, which means Handbrake could not find VLC or the installation. And strictly speaking, no matter how it updates in the future, HandBrake will not decrypt and unscramble any protected DVD and Blu-ray discs itself, doomed by the kernel mode and coding schemes.

Part 2. DVD Copy Protections not Supported by HandBrake

As for DVD encryption technologies, some are regular and conventional, while the others are new and tough. The following is the list of DVD control and copy protections not supported by HandBrake.

DVD copy protections

1. Disney X-project DRM

  • Objects: DVDs distributed by Walt Disney
  • Disney New DVD Copy Protections that have been and will be updated constantly.

It is the latest generation DVD copy protection produced by Walt Disney Pictures. By disguising, there seems to be 99 chapters in a movie DVD and the file size will go up to 40GB. The majority of DVD rip and copy programs and apps in the market will be defeated by Disney movie DVD copy protections. They will fail to choose the right main title or chapter and recognize the capacity wrongly. Ripping Disney DVDs will crash and the output file will be played out of order, scrambled , repeated, or get stuck in a loop, while some parts of movie content are even not included in.

HandBrake won't rip Disney DRM protected DVDs with 99 titles. When using Handbrake to rip DVD with Disney protections, it can't find the correct title from the 99 bogus titles and may prompt no valid title found errors.

2. CSS encryption (CSS) encryption

  • Objects: Commercial DVDs
  • A very common DVD copy protection technology applied in almost all commercial DVD-Video discs.

CSS is employed by copyright content owners to avoid illegal duplication and distribution of digital media such as DVDs, videos and audios. Once CSS copy protection is applied to a DVD, it will prevent byte-to-byte copies of an MPEG (digital video) stream from being playable. Furthermore, it provides a reason for producers to make their devices compliant with an industry-controlled standard.

HandBrake can't rip CSS encrypted DVDs. You may see Handbrake not ripping CSS DVDs correctly, with errors like subtitles in wrong color, missing video/audio, disruption of menus, etc.

3. ARccOS

  • Objects: DVDs
  • The proprietary copy protection developed by Sony.

Its mechanism is deliberately inlaying the bad/corrupted sectors into areas of a DVD that most DVD players do not access, as an extra layer, in conjunction with Content Scramble System (CSS). While reading the ARccOS protected DVDs, most DVD players will fail to access, and some DVD ripping or copying software will produce errors.

HandBrake won't rip Sony DVDs protected with ARccOS. After your rip the DVD with Handbrake, you may get an MP4, MKV, or Webm file that is corrupted.

4. Region Code

  • Objects: All DVDs
  • A digital rights management technique mainly for preventing DVD content, release date and price by the distributors.

DVD region codes refer to the codes of specific DVDs in specific ranges of geographic area. Every DVD player has a code corresponding to the sales territory. If the movies are not distributed in the area, the DVD player will refuse to play such DVDs. Namely, the disc you buy outside of your country are probably not playable on the DVD player purchased domestically.

HandBrake won't rip region protected DVDs. But you can remove the region code with some decrypter like WinX DVD Ripper Platinum and convert to MP4 with Handbrake. But you need to change the audio tracks you want in the Handbrake settings, or it will only use the first track which is usually English.

5. DVD Region-code Enhanced (RCE)

  • Objects: Parts of DVDs
  • An enhanced version of region code protection.

It is a retroactive attempt to prevent a DVD of one region from being played in another region. The disc contained the main program material region coded as region 1. But it also contained a short video loop of a map of the world showing the regions, which was coded as region 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6.

HandBrake won't rip RCE encrypted DVDs and it may hang in the middle scanning the DVD title.

6. User Operation Prohibition (UOP)

  • Objects: Parts of DVD and Blu-ray discs
  • A form of use restriction to prevent excessive operation of a user.

Many DVD players and Blu-ray players (hardware) forbid the viewer from performing a large majority of actions during sections of a DVD that are restricted by this protection.

HandBrake won't rip UOP protected DVDs. As the "User Operations" is prohibited on the original DVD, ripping UOP DVDs with Handbrake will result in real choppy playback.

7. The Analog Protection System (APS)/Copyguard

  • Objects: DVDs
  • A technology to prevent illegal DVD burning by producing horizontal corrugation

APS, developed by Macrovision originally, is mainly to prevent from DVD to DVD copy. The DVD copied without decoding the APS will become garbled and unwatchable. The working principle is adding pulses to analog video signals to impact the AGC circuit of a recording device negatively. In digital devices, changes to the analog video signal are created by a chip that converts the digital video to analog within the device.

HandBrake won't rip APS DVDs with Copyguard, but WinX will.

8. Filesystems / Dummy files

  • Objects: DVD/VHS
  • A popular DVD copy protection from 2014 on up that disguises the file size and capacity.

Recently, Dummy Files are buried in a lot of video-DVDs. it is a DVD copy guard has been subjected to commercial and rental DVDs to pretend that the capacity itself has been infested. Even though the originally capacity of a DVD is about 8GB, it uses the state-of-the-art technology to disguise it that the PC recognizes it as many as about 60GB.

HandBrake won't rip DVDs with disguised and dummy file sizes, but WinX will.

9. CPRM (Content Protection for Recordable Media)

  • Objects: DVD media and digital programs
  • A popular DVD copy protection in 2013

The technology of producing effective copy control signals produced during converting the digital programs (DTB, BS/CS mode, SKY PerfecTV! Premium Service) to DVD-R is called CPRM. Besides moving and deleting, CPRM also controls the copying of digital media on a PC or digital player. The DVDs added with CPRM cannot play if the camera, hard drive or media player is not compatible with CPRM. Even the general media player Windows Media Player and VLC media player cannot play such DVDs because they do not support CPRM.

HandBrake won't rip DVDs protected with CPRM, but WinX will.

10. Cinavia

  • Object: Blu-ray, DVD and films
  • It is planted in a variety of video contents.

Cinavia features the only existence in sound. If the videos shot by handheld cameras are protected with Cinavia, the data cannot be played back on the video recorders or PCs. Warning image will appear soon after the playback, and the video will stop playing and become mute.

HandBrake and WinX won't rip DVDs protected with Cinavia (an advanced Blu-ray encryption tech).

Part 3. Best HandBrake Alternative for Copy Protected DVDs

How to fix if HandBrake is not working with protected DVDs? If your HandBrake doesn't find and show titles even with the libdvdcss installed, try the Handbrake alternative - WinX DVD Ripper Platinum.

With the support to almost all the protection measures, it can rip any DVD that Handbrake can't rip. To be specific, it supports homemade, protected, old, damaged, corrupted, and latest DVDs. Unlike Handbrake, it's able to rip protected DVDs without extra libdvdcss or other tools. You can easily rip DVDs to MP4, HEVC, and 420+ formats and devices, with flexible settings to edit, cut, merge, customize, adjust the final video.

* If you fail to rip some DVDs, please try to choose "Safe Mode" on the main interface. This mode always works if the DVDs are strongly protected.

WinX DVD Ripper can rip copy-protected DVD

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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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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