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Universal Input

HandBrake can accept almost any sort of video file you can throw at it, although with exotic fare, things can sometimes be a little rough around the edges.


HandBrake's traditional form of input is DVDs that you have stored as VIDEO_TS folders or .iso images on your hard drive, or right from your computer's optical drive.

Encrypted DVDs

HandBrake does not include any code to decrypt commercial DVDs. Yes, we know, it used to, but it doesn't anymore.

However, we respect your right to take matters into your own hands.

In Mac OS X, if HandBrake detects you have installed the open source VLC media player in your root /Applications folder, it will ask you if you want to decrypt DVDs using that application's copy of the libdvdcss library.
If you are using a 32-bit copy of HandBrake, it can only work with a 32-bit copy of VLC, and a 64-bit copy of HandBrake can only work with a 64-bit copy of VLC.

Similarly, in Linux, if you've chosen to install the open source libdvdcss library on your system, HandBrake will allow libdvdread to use it for decryption.

Bluray Discs

HandBrake can read the structure of some blu-ray discs or .ts files ripped form blu-ray discs

It does NOT decrypt commercial discs with copy protection. This will require 3rd Party software.
HandBrake does NOT in any way link to any 3rd party libraries for this task. (As it does for libdvdcss - noted above).

Please note, PGS subtitles are not currently supported.

Why to rip DVDs to a hard drive before encoding with HandBrake

The main reason to read from a ripped source, stored on your hard drive is that HandBrake does not even attempt to decipher the latest copy protection schemes. Many DVDs, especially recent, popular films, must be run through other tools first, like AnyDVD.

Desite this, one might still argue that using HandBrake to encode directly from the DVD simplifies the process by removing the extra step of copying the movie. However, reading the video information from your optical drive is somewhat slower than reading from your hard drive and prevents you from using your optical drive for anything else for the duration of the encode. It is also a little harder on the drive itself.

As a result, if you have the hard drive space required for a full VIDEO_TS folder (up to around 9GB), most people recommend that you rip the DVD to your hard drive first and then use that as the source for HandBrake.

Troubleshooting Source problems

Most of the time when HandBrake has trouble reading a disc, it is because of copy protection or poor / deliberate bad mastering. Your success rate will depend on what ripping tool you use.

We keep our FAQ up to date with common problems that people encounter.