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

Here are two real cases on "HandBrake No Valid Source Found":

Case 1: 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?

Case 2: HandBrake works great for 99% of my video encoding needs. I'm using HB to convert 720 and 1080 .mkv video files that I have pulled off the net into iTunes format. This happens intermittently and occasionally, with the same video playing fine in VLC.

Generally, Windows Error Message happens when the computer overloads with too much data, or when certain system files become missing or broken.

But with respective to HandBrake Error Message, there would be many cases with different possible reasons, please read the followings.

Before you take any further steps, make sure you used Handbrake correctly. Check tutorial on how to use Handbrake properly >>

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HandBrake No Valid Source Found Error Reasons & Solutions

There may be too many reasons for HandBrake No Valid Source Found Error:

  1. The input source file format may be not supported by HandBrake or it isn't a valid video file;
  2. Your source file may be copy protected, but HandBrake cannot remove the DRM.
Handbrake no valid source or titles found
Handbrake no valid source or titles found

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, try the following methods to solve HandBrake No Valid Source available error:

  1. Make sure you have installed VLC (properly) which includes libdvdcss by nature. By taking the advantage of its CSS decryption capacity, HandBrake may be able to read your copy-protected DVD. This way you may get rid of no valid source found error while scanning DVD with HandBrake.
  2. 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;
  3. If your HandBrake is totally out of date, please download the latest version;
  4. Check whether your source file is in MKV format, if yes, you must remux it (with mkvmerge GUI). FYI, MKV problem appears from time to time. So you may also need to get an alternative to avoid and solve such HandBrake error.
  5. Check whether it is the reason of file permissions. Try "get info" -> Add yourself under "sharing & permissions". This may help HandBrake reading the source.

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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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