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How to Solve HandBrake "No Valid Source or Titles Found" Error?

Here is a real case on HandBrake "No valid source or titles found" error when ripping DVD with Handbrake:

"When I clicked on the source of the DVD I got an error saying "No valid source found. Please make sure you have selected a valid non copy protected source." Am I doing something wrong? How to solve this No Valid Source Found error in HandBrake?"

There are many reasons to this kind of HandBrake error, but the main one is HandBrake does not support the removal of copy protections which will be used by all commercial DVDs out the market. So, how to solve HandBrake "No valid source or titles found" error? Below words will explain all possible reasons and solutions.

[Solved] Best Way to Solve HandBrake No Valid Source Found Error When Ripping DVDs

As Handbrake can't remove DVD copy protections, you get "No valid source or titles found" error when ripping encrypted DVDs with it. Besides, HandBrake can't scan DVDs, HandBrake crashes when loading DVD, HandBrake shows no titles, etc. are also high-frequency errors.

So, WinX DVD Ripper Platinum - an excellent HandBrake alternative which does what HandBrake does and doesn't do. It helps you get rid of types of HandBrake rip DVD errors and lets you rip any copy-protected DVDs, homemade and newly-released discs.

  • Rip copy-protected DVDs with CSS, UOP, RCE, region code, Sony ARccOS, Disney DRM etc.
  • Rip DVD to MP4, AVI, MPEG, MOV, ISO, DVD VIDEO_TS folder, MP3, iPhone, Android, PS4, TV etc.
  • Rip any encrypted DVDs without installing libdvdcss or codec package.
  • GPU-accelerated. Fast and no quality loss.
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Part 1. HandBrake No Valid Source Found Error Reasons & Solutions

Handbrake no valid source or titles found
Handbrake no valid source or titles found error message

When the error message pops up, HandBrake tells you "invalid source file", "wrong file format" and "copy-protected contents" are the reasons. In reality, there are also many other possible reasons causing HandBrake no valid source found error.

Possible reason 1: Your source file may be copy protected, but HandBrake cannot remove the DRM. - Main reason

HandBrake by default cannot rip DVD with copy protections like CSS, UOP, RCE, Sony ARccOS, Disney DRM, etc. By installing VLC with libdvdcss which has CSS decryption capacity, your HandBrake may be able to read CSS-protected DVDs. However, DVD encryption methods include but not just CSS protection, there are also advanced DVD copy protections like Region Code, AACS 2.0, Sony ArccOS, UOPs, and Disney X-project DRM that libdvdcss can't crack. So, Ripping copy-protected DVDs with WinX DVD Ripper Platinum is the only way to solve this kind of HandBrake no valid source found error.

Possible reason 2: The input source file format may be not supported by HandBrake or it isn't a valid video file.

Under such circumstance, you need to convert the source file to HandBrake compatible format. HandBrake supports common video file types including MP4, M4V, MKV, MOV, MPG, MPEG, AVI, and WMV. Also, it can open web videos in FLV, WebM, MP4 and more. Note, you should check whether your source file is in MKV format, if yes, you are highly suggested to remux it (with mkvmerge GUI).

Possible reason 3: Your HandBrake is out of date.

If your HandBrake is totally out of date, please download the latest version to fix bugs causing HandBrake not working error.

Possible reason 4: Check whether it is the reason of file permissions.

If you just happened to turn off the permissions, try "get info" -> Add yourself under "sharing & permissions". This may help HandBrake reading the source.

Possible reason 5: Make sure your VLC is in the right version.

Make sure the bit number of VLC is corresponding to that of HandBrake. That means, 32 bit VLC for 32 bit HandBrake, and 64 bit VLC player for 64 bit Handbrake

To sum up, in order to avoid HandBrake error message, you should execute the operation correctly and pay attention to the default tips. If the error message shows "No valid source or titles found", directly getting help from HandBrake alternative is better.

Part 2. Best HandBrake Alternative - Solve HandBrake Can't Rip Copy-protected DVDs

If all the solutions listed above are not workable for your HandBrake "No valid source found" error, there is a free HandBrake alternative WinX DVD Ripper Platinum. It can read almost all video DVDs on Windows and Mac, even if the discs are copy protected with CSS encryption, region code, Sony ARccOS, UOPs, APS, RCE, etc. It doesn't require for installing libdvdcss and the like to help decrypting. With this HandBrake alternative, you can free rip DVD to MP4, FLV, MWV, MOV, MPEG, iPhone, iPod, Apple TV, Android, PS4 and more formats and devices.

  • Support more DVDs: copy-protected movie DVDs (incl. Disney 99-title discs), TV show DVDs, workout DVDs, old/damaged DVDs, special Japanese DVDs, etc.
  • 350+ output profiles: MP4, HEVC, AVI, WMV, FLV, MOV, M2TS, AVCHD, MPEG2, ISO file, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Samsung, Huawei, Nexus, Xbox, PS4, YouTube, etc.
  • Edit features: crop, trim, merge, subtitle, and more.
  • Advanced speedup techniques: unique level-3 hardware acceleration (Intel QSV and NVIDIA NVENC/CUDA based hardware decoder, processing, encoder), Hyper-threading, Multi-core CPU, and Super Encode Engine based on MMX- SSE & 3DNow! make it world's No.1 fast DVD ripper.
  • High-quality output: hardware-based processing keeps optimal quality; inbuilt High Quality Engine; deinterlace video from interlaced to progressive.
Handbrake alternative - WinX DVD Ripper Platinum
Handbrake alternative - WinX DVD Ripper Platinum

How to rip copy-protected DVDs with WinX DVD Ripper Platinum?

Step 1. Download this HandBrake alternative, install and launch it.

Step 2. Insert your DVD disc to the DVD-ROM. Then, click the "DVD Disc" button on the main UI of WinX DVD Ripper to load the DVD video. BTW, this DVD ripper can also auto select the right DVD main title for you.

Step 3. When the Output Profile pops up, choose an output format like MP4.

Step 4. Click Browse button to choose a folder to save your file, and then hit RUN to start ripping your 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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