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How to Rip Protected DVDs using Handbrake? [Steps with Pictures]

Handbrake is no doubt the most-recommended tool we use to back up and convert DVDs. That being said, it doesn't mean it's the easiest. Ripping DVDs in Handbrake is daunting for beginners, especially for less tech savvy users. Its interface is old-fashioned and there are so many settings. How to get started with Handbrake?

In this guide, we have a step-by-step guide on how to rip DVDs with Handbrake on Windows 11/10/Mac. You will know how to install libdvdcss, adjust the DVD ripping settings, and how to deal with different Handbrake errors. Follow the steps with pictures, and you should be able to rip a DVD in Handbrake on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

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