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.

Along with large screen design of portable devices, most people prefer to watch DVD movies and TV shows on phones and tablets. Therefore, it is necessary to rip DVD for smooth playback. From this article, you can get guide about how to free rip DVD using VLC with HandBrake. Also, the best VLC/HandBrake alternative will be recommended for free ripping any protected DVD faster and simpler.

Best VLC/HandBrake Alternative

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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 April 2018, HandBreak team released version 1.1.0 to improve Intel QSV support for HEVC/H.265 (10-bit) encoding to accelerate DVD to H.265/HEVC conversion as well as add 4K presets for Apple TV, Chromecast, FireTV and Roku.

How to Free Rip DVD with VLC and HandBrake

Frankly, you may discover the following issues when ripping DVD with HandBrake. Firstly, HandBrake usually selects wrong main title of DVD so that you need to check the correct main title by playing this DVD. Secondly, HandBrake may fail to rip copy-protected DVD, for example outputting videos out of order if DVD is CSS encrypted.

For the first issue, VLC can easily play any DVDs to help you get correct main title. For the second issue, VLC includes a library file named libdvdcss used for removing encryptions of DVD. With this file, you can convert encrypted DVD with HandBrake successfully.
>> How to download install libdvdcss

Now, let's follow the steps to rip CSS copy-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, iPod, Apple TV, Samsung, HTC, PSP devices. 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.
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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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