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How to Free Rip Copy-protected DVD with VLC and HandBrake

[Latest Updated: Oct. 31, 2018 by May Watt to DVD Ripping]

Rip DVD with VLC and HandBrake

Here's guide of how to free rip CSS copy-protected DVD with VLC and HandBrake and recommends the best alternative for ripping any DVD faster and easier.

Smartphones and tablets, which feature relative large screen with high resolution, becomes popular portable media player in nowadays. Sometimes, you may would like to play DVD movies or TV shows on those portable gadgets during a long journey. And, the first thing you should do is to rip DVD to digital.

From this article, you can get guide about how to free rip DVD using VLC with HandBrake. Also, here's a recommendable HandBrake alternative helping rip any unprotected and protected DVD faster and simpler.

Best VLC/HandBrake Alternative

WinX DVD Ripper - free rip unportected and protected DVDs with ease. Fast rip any DVD (from old/scratched discs to the latest DVD movies/TV shows) to MP4 (H.264), MOV, WMV, FLV, iPhone, iPad, Android, Apple TV, Xbox, PS3/4 etc, while keeping high quality.

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VLC and HandBrake

VLC - It is a well-known multimedia player capable of playing various video files, DVDs, CDs, VCDs and even streaming protocols. This open source player supports multiple platforms, incl. Windows, Linux, Mac OSX, Unix etc. With no spyware, ads and user tracking, it shows a quite safe way to play multimedia files.

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HandBrake - It is one popular free DVD ripper dedicated to converting DVD videos to H.264/H.265 MP4/MKV/M4V, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple TV, Android and Windows devices on multiple platforms (Windows, Mac and Linux). In the latest HandBrake version, it takes advantage of Intel QSV and NVIDIA NVENC for H.264/H.265 encoding to greatly accelerate DVD ripping conversion as well as makes a lot of improvement on quality.

How to Free Rip DVD with VLC and HandBrake

HandBrake doesn't have internal decryption and have no plan to support copy-protected DVDs for copyright reason. While, VLC gives its hand to make DRM removal from DVD with HandBrake a reality for the included library named libdvdcss.
>> How to download install libdvdcss

Now, let's get started with ripping protected DVDs with VLC and HandBrake.

Preparation: Download libdvdcss-2.dll file from VLC. Rename it as libdvdcss.dll and copy into HandBrake directory. Then, follow the steps to rip DVD with HandBrake.

Note: Confirm that the dll file version completely meets your computer system, for example Windows 32-bit or 64-bit.

Download libdvdcss for DVD Ripping

1. Import DVD disc by clicking Open Source button. Also, you can import ISO image or VIDEO_TS folder by using Open Folder/File options.

2. Choose output formats, MP4/MKV or devices presets, iPhone, iPod, Apple TV or Android. Of course, you can adjust audio/video parameters and edit videos like cropping, adding subtitles.

3. Click Browse button to save ripped DVD video to destination folder and hit Start Encode button to convert your DVD.

Rip DVD with VLC and HandBrake

Best VLC/HandBrake Alternative: Free Rip Protected DVDs Much Easier and Faster

If you want to use only one easy-to-use DVD ripping program to convert any DVDs, including copy-protected DVDs to MP4, WMV, MOV or portable devices instead of installing VLC, HandBrake and any other additional software, WinX DVD Ripper is the best VLC/HandBrake alternative.

WinX DVD Ripper is a top-notch free DVD ripper to rip DVDs, even DVDs with protections of CSS, UOP, RCE, region code and Sony ARccOS to MP4, MPEG, WMV, MOV, YouTube FLV, MP3 music and iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple TV, Samsung, Huawei, Xbox, PS3/4 etc. Unlike HandBrake, WinX DVD Ripper can automatically check the correct main title of DVD to save your time to check main title by playing whole DVD. And, the speed test proves that WinX DVD Ripper is 3x faster to rip a DVD than HandBrak. Moreover, it is very safe to rip DVD with this best VLC/HandBrake alternative because it is completely stand-alone with adware, spyware, malware and virus free.
>> WinX DVD Ripper vs. HandBrake…

Tutorial to Rip DVD with Best VLC/HandBrake Alternative

Step 1. Insert DVD in DVD-ROM and import this DVD to WinX DVD Ripper by clicking DVD Disc. Certainly, DVD folder can be imported as source by clicking Folder button.

Step 2. A couple of seconds later, DVD will be completely loaded. Select main title and click To MP4 to transcode DVD to MP4 or other tabs for converting DVD to MPEG, WMV, FLV, MOV, Music or DVD to iPhone, iPod, Apple TV, HTC, Samsung and PSP. Also, you can adjust audio/video settings according to your requirement.

Step 3. Customize output settings, audio/subtitle/output folder. Then, click Start to rip DVD with this best VLC/HandBrake alternative.

Best VLC/HandBrake Alternative

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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About the Author

May Watt    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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