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Rip Protected DVD with Handbrake on Mac


HandBrake is a free cross platform, open source program which comes with plenty of features for beginners and intermediate users alike. It can convert a DVD into formats such as MP4, MKV that can be played on your PC, Mac, Television, iPhone, or Android phone.

As a free DVD ripper and video converter, Handbrake has some limitations, for instance, it's a pain to rip protected DVD movies. So in this article we are going to rip protected DVD with Handbrake on mac for playing the movies wherever and however you want. All you need to do is get download liddvdcss and Handbrake on your Mac and follow a few steps.

Step 1. Download Handbrake and Libdvdcss on Mac

To rip a DVD with HandBrake, you need to download the free software. HandBrake doesn’t include the software needed to decrypt commercial DVDs, so you also need to install libdvdcss, an open-source library that can circumvent the Content Scramble System (CSS) used on DVDs.


The first time you launch HandBrake and attempt to scan a DVD, the software will inform you that you need additional decrypting software and will offer to send you to a page where you can download the libdvdcss installer (currently version 1.2.12, although you can always find the latest version here). Run that installer, and it will put libdvdcss where it belongs on your drive.

Step 2: Insert protected DVD and pick what to rip

Now insert your protected DVD into your Mac’s DVD drive and launch HandBrake. By default, the app opens a dialog box and ask you to select the DVD mounted on your Mac. Choose your DVD and click Open, and HandBrake then scans the DVD for the titles it contains.

Once the scan is complete, HandBrake chooses what it thinks is the main title, but you can click the pop-up menu next to Title and choose the item you want to encode. Generally speaking, the title with the longest duration is the DVD’s main feature.

If you still unable to handle with the protected DVD with Handbrake, you can follow the steps below(the libdvdcss may be installed in the wrong folder):

1. Close Handbrake, and open a new Finder window.

2. Type cmd+shift+G, and paste in this path: /Library/SystemMigration/History 

3. Inside this folder should be a folder named "Migration-[random letters and numbers]." Open that folder and you'll find "QuarantineRoot." Open that folder, and you should see yourlibdvdcss.2.dylib file.

4. Open a second Finder window. 

5. Type cmd+shift+G, and paste in this path: /usr/local/lib (If you get an error saying this folder doesn't exist, go to /usr/local instead, create a new folder called "lib"m and open it.

6. Drag and drop the libdvdcss.2.dylib file from the first window into the /usr/local/lib folder. You should be prompted for your admin password. Type that in and wait for the copy to finish.

Make sure to restart Handbrake after doing this, since the app will scan for the libdvdcss file, and once it's detected, you won't have to move it or deal with it again. Then you can go ahead and follow the above instructions as normal and rip away!

Step 3: Choose a output folder and a preset

Choose where to store the ripped files. Then choose the preset for your output videos on the right preset list. As you can see, there are some presets for you to choose. Generally speaking, "Normal" and "High Profile" are good for saving videos for watching on your computer or TV. "Universal" is better for outputting videos for watching on mobile devices. For iPhone, iPad, iPod, you can choose the corresponding one to get the most optimized videos for playback.


Tip: If you like, you can also adjust the output parameters of picture, video filters, video, audio, subtitles, chapters, etc. to make the output videos more personalized and suitable.

Step 4: Start DVD ripping process

If you are ripping more than one title, click Add to Queue; otherwise hit Start to begin the DVD ripping process. This might take some time depending on your computer’s hardware and the length of the movie file.

Notes: Although Handbrake provides users a handy DVD converting experience, it is still far from perfect in terms of the supported DVD types(only CSS encryption is supported), output formats, scanning and ripping speed…

So far I've tried to save you money by suggesting open source software to do your DVD decrypting and ripping. If you're not comfortable using open source software, there is paid commercial software that you can use instead:

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