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

Here's the guide of how to free rip CSS copy-protected DVD with VLC and HandBrake and we also recommend the best alternative for ripping any (copyright protected) DVD faster and easier.

Sometimes, you may would like to play DVD movies or TV shows on devices beside a DVD player, such as portable gadgets during a long journey. And, the first thing you should do is to rip DVD to digital. In 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.

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HandBrake vs WinX DVD Ripper

Part 1 VLC and HandBrake in DVD Ripping

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 OS X, Unix etc. With no spyware, ads and user tracking, it shows a quite safe way to play multimedia files.

Note: VLC media player also has the power to independantly rip DVDs to MP4 MOV AVI, etc. digital formats. But the DVD ripping process in VLC is not equal to the general DVD ripping you thought. It's more like a process to record the DVD content to MP4 in real time. Beyond that, VLC only supports GPU decoding, no GPU HW accelerated encoding. Hence, the ripping speed is a snail's pace.

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 as well as makes a lot of improvement on quality.

Rip DVD with VLC and HandBrake
Rip DVD with VLC and HandBrake

However, Handbrake doesn't support DRM. It can't rip DVDs with any protection on its own. To convert DVD with CSS encryptions, it requires libdvdcss which is contained in the VLC package to break the DRM. Therefore, you can use Handbrake and VLC to convert protected DVDs. Learn more about how to use HandBrake to rip DVDs.

Part 2 How to Free Rip DVD with VLC and HandBrake

HandBrake doesn't have internal decryption algorithm and have no plan to support copy-protected DVDs for copyright reason. While, VLC gives its hand to make DRM removal from DVD 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
Download Libdvdcss

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
Rip DVD with VLC and HandBrake

Part 3 VLC/HandBrake are Troublemakers? - Free Rip ANY DVD at 100% Success Rate

If you want to use only one easy-to-use DVD ripping program to convert any encrypted DVDs without installing extra VLC, HandBrake or any other app, WinX DVD Ripper is the best VLC/HandBrake alternative.

WinX DVD Ripper is able to rip DVDs, even DVDs with protections of CSS, UOP, RCE, region code 1-6, Disney X-project DRM and Sony ARccOS. Convert DVDs to MP4, MPEG, WMV, MOV, MKV, VOB, ISO image, YouTube FLV, MP3 music and iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Samsung, Huawei, Xbox, PS5 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 is 5x 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.

Further reading: 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 MP4 Video to transcode DVD to MP4 or other profiles 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.

Best VLC/HandBrake Alternative
Best VLC/HandBrake Alternative

Step 3. Customize output settings, audio/subtitle/output folder. Then, click RUN to rip DVD with this 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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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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