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

[Latest Updated: Jan. 21, 2019 by May Watt to DVD Ripping]

HandBrake No Valid Souce Found Fixed

HandBrake Error Case: No Valid Source Found

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.

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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;
  2. Your DVD source may be copy protected that cannot be removed by HandBrake.

At this time, you download some third-party library like VLC libdvdcss to help. By taking the advatage of its CSS decryption capacity, you may figure out which is the main title number and can enter the number during HandBrake "Title Scan".

Handbrake no valid source 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 Found, try the following methods to solve HandBrake No Valid Source Found Error:

  1. Make sure you have installed VLC (properly) which includes libdvdcss by nature;
  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 If your HandBrake is totally out of date, please download the latest version 1.2.0;
  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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Besides, it can remove common DVD copy protections, including CSS encryption, region code, Sony ARccOS, UOPs, APS, RCE, etc without the help of any third-party tool.

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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.

About the Author

   May Watt@may_w1209

May Watt is a member of Digiarty. She offers a bunch of tips of how to handle multimedia files (DVD, video files, music etc.) and keeps her focus on tech news about Apple, Google, GoPro, DJI and more.

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