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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 for 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 on 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 the "No valid source or titles found" error when ripping encrypted DVDs. Besides, HandBrake can't scan DVDs, HandBrake crashes when loading DVDs, HandBrake shows no titles, etc. are also high-frequency errors.

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According to Handbrake, the HandBrake no valid source found error message pops up because of "too short titles", "invalid source file", "wrong file format" and "copy-protected contents". In reality, there are also many other possible reasons causing HandBrake no valid source found error. Let's fix them one by one.

Handbrake no valid source or titles found

# 1. Download and Install libdvdcss for Handbrake

Your source file may be copy-protected, but HandBrake cannot remove the DRM. HandBrake by default cannot rip DVDs with copy protections like CSS, UOP, RCE, Sony ARccOS, Disney DRM, etc. So when you try to import a protected DVD/ISO image/Video_TS folder into Handbrake, the Handbrake no valid title error will pop up. You can fix the problem by installing VLC with libdvdcss. It's a free library that has CSS decryption capacity to help Handbrake read CSS-protected DVDs.

Step 1: Free download the latest libdvdcss here: libdvdcss.dll for Windows 32-bit | libdvdcss.dll for Windows 64-bit

Step 2: Once the libdvdcss-2.dll is downloaded, simply copy and paste it to the Handbrake folder. Then restart Handbrake and import the protected DVD and source videos to Handbrake. Handbrake will load libdvdcss automatically to read any protected DVDs. You won't get the Handbrake no valid source/titles errors now.

Fix handbrake no valid source titles found with libdvdcss


Libdvdcss is an unsupported third-party hack that works less and less with modern disks. Nowadays there are DVD encryption methods such as Region Code, AACS 2.0, Sony ArccOS, UOPs, and Disney X-project DRM. Libdvdcss can't crack these advanced copy protections and you will still get the HandBrake no valid source found errors.

# 2. Try a More Powerful Handbrake Alternative

If the HandBrake "No valid source found" error occurs due to copy protections, try the strongest protected DVD ripper alternative to Handbrake 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 libdvdcss and other 3rd-party tools. This HandBrake alternative can free rip DVD to MP4, any other formats, and devices without errors.

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How to rip copy-protected DVDs without Handbrake no valid source errors?

  1. Step 1. Download this HandBrake alternative, install and launch it. Insert your DVD disc into the DVD-ROM.
  2. Step 2. Click the "DVD Disc" button on the main interface to load the DVD video. It will automatically remove the copy protections and find the correct DVD title. You don't need to worry about any problems such as the Handbrake No valid source/title found errors.
  3. Step 3. When the Output Profile pops up, choose an output format like MP4.
  4. Step 4. Click the Browse button to choose a folder to save your file, and then hit RUN to start ripping your copy-protected DVD.
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# 3. Adjust the Minimum Title Duration

Handbrake has indicated that if the source title has a video length shorter than the "Minimum Title Duration", it will regard the source video as valid and give you the "No valid source or titles found" error. You will then need to increase the Minimum title duration to prevent Handbrake from ignoring shorter titles like special feature titles and such.

Step 1: Open Handbrake and click Tools on the top menu bar. From the dropdown list, choose Preferences.

Step 2: Under the Advanced tab, find the "Minimum DVD and Blu-ray title duration in seconds. Shorter titles will be skipped:" option.

Step 3: Set the number to be shorter than your smallest clip.

Increase Handbrake minimum title duration

# 4. Check the Source Video File

The "Handbrake no valid source or title found" error can occur when the input source file format is not supported by HandBrake or it isn't a valid video file. So you need to check the following:

Check the video 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. But some videos are not fully supported by Handbrake, such as AVCHD and AVCHD Lite. Under such circumstances, you need to convert the source file to HandBrake compatible format.

Check if the video is damaged: Play the video in VLC and check if it plays. If the video won't play, it indicates that the source media is somehow corrupted. If it's a DVD, check if there are any scratches or damages on the disc.

Check the media tracks: If the source video contains multiple files, Handbrake may fail to support it. For example, if the source video is an MKV file with many subtitle tracks, then you are highly suggested to remux the video with one subtitle track (with mkvmerge GUI).

# 5. Download the Latest Handbrake

When your Handbrake is out of date, it may fail to read the source media and result in the "No valid source or titles found" errors. If your HandBrake is totally out of date, please download the latest version to fix bugs causing the HandBrake not working errors. Go to Handbrake's official site and download the latest version. The latest version by now is Handbrake 1.5.1. To use it, you need to install Microsoft .NET Desktop Runtime 6.

# 6. Change Permissions for the Video

If you're on a Mac and Handbrake is saying "No valid source or titles found", also consider if the source disc or video is allowed by your Mac. If not, Handbrake can't access the content of the DVD and an error will occur.

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

# 7. Check the VLC Version

Note that if you often use VLC and Handbrake to rip protected DVDs, you need to make sure your VLC is in the right version. When VLC fails to cooperate with Handbrake to read the DRM content, it will result in the Handbrake "No valid source or titles found" errors. Therefore, you need to 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 the 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 the HandBrake alternative is better.

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.


Jack Watt

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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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