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

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

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.

Part 1: How to Free Rip DVD with VLC and HandBrake?
Part 2: What Is the Best VLC/HandBrake Alternative to Rip Copy-protected DVDs Easier?

Best VLC/HandBrake Alternative to Free Rip Any Encrypted DVDs

WinX DVD Ripper - A hassle-free tool for decrypting and ripping any copy-protected DVDs (incl. newly-released DVD movies, workout DVDs etc.) to MP4, WMV, MPEG, MOV, FLV, MP3, iPhone, iPod, Apple TV, Samsung, HTC and PSP. It can deliver possible highest quality of output digital file and a super fast ripping speed.
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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.
>> You may also have interest in: How to rip DVD to MP4 with VLC | Fix "VCL won't Rip DVD" Problem

• HandBrake - It is one popular free DVD ripper dedicated to converting DVD videos to MP4, MKV, M4V, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple TV and Android devices on multiple platforms (Windows, Mac and Linux). Also, it allows users to add presets, for example iPhone presets, iPad presets and more, as well as adjust audio/video parameters for obtaining a special effect of the resulting file.

Rip DVD with VLC and HandBrake

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 use HandBrake to convert encrypted DVD 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.

Rip DVD with VLC and HandBrake

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

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.

Further Reading:
>>HandBrake Windows Tutorial
>>HandBrake Mac Tutorial
>>HandBrake Not Working Solution

Best VLC/HandBrake Alternative for Free DVD Ripping

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. >>WinX DVD Ripper vs. HandBrake…
For free ripping DVDs on Mac, please use Mac version, WinX DVD Ripper for Mac

How to Free Rip DVD to Videos and Devices?

WinX Free DVD Ripper for Windows/Mac
Best free HandBrake alternative software to rip any DVDs to MP4/MOV/WMV etc, and devices.

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Best VLC/HandBrake Alternative

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.

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.

Perfect DVD Ripping Solution - WinX DVD Ripper Platinum

• Fast rip DVDs to MP4, AVI, WMV, MOV, FLV, 3GP, MP3, AAC, AC3, iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Device, PS3/4, Kindle Fire HD etc. with ease as well as deliver high quality.
• Support almost all copy protections, CSS, region code, RCE, UOPs, Sony ArccOS, Disney DRM and special schemes on latest DVD movies, workout DVDs and more.
• Adjust video/audio paramters, bit rate, resoltuion, aspect ratio, frame rate, sample rate, channel.
• Merge DVD titles, crop DVD video, trim DVD segment and add external subtitle.

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