How to rip DVDs with Handbrake

You may buy and rent digital movies, or even get digital copies of your films when you buy DVDs so you can watch them easily on an Apple TV or iOS device. But not all movies offer digital copies, and you may not want to buy movies from the iTunes Store; you may want to own hard copies of your favorite films. Or, you may, like me, buy DVDs of concerts and operas, or have a collection of older DVDs, such as my box sets of The Honeymooners and The Twilight Zone.

Fortunately, it’s easy to rip DVDs and add them to your iTunes library so you can use them more freely and watch them when you want. Here’s how.

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26 thoughts on “How to rip DVDs with Handbrake

    • It looks like there’s smart quotes there; replace them with dumb quotes. They must have gotten converted when my editor put the text into the Macworld CMS. I’ll tell him to fix it.

      • Thanks… that works. Nice article; Also the linked article on subtitles was excellent. I missed this when it first came out.

        I would just add that sometimes the best way to select the correct title to rip is to launch DVD player, play the main title, then look at “GO —> Title” to see which title is actually playing. This works well when there is a list ~100 titles (meant to confuse which is the real title).

        • Yes, good point. I don’t have any DVDs with that many titles. I always just look for the longest one.

    • It looks like there’s smart quotes there; replace them with dumb quotes. They must have gotten converted when my editor put the text into the Macworld CMS. I’ll tell him to fix it.

      • Thanks… that works. Nice article; Also the linked article on subtitles was excellent. I missed this when it first came out.

        I would just add that sometimes the best way to select the correct title to rip is to launch DVD player, play the main title, then look at “GO —> Title” to see which title is actually playing. This works well when there is a list ~100 titles (meant to confuse which is the real title).

        • Yes, good point. I don’t have any DVDs with that many titles. I always just look for the longest one.

  1. Kirk I am currently using Handbrake with Libdvdcss for my owned Dvd’s on OS X Yosemite, when I upgrade to MacOS Sierra is the option you wrote about the only solution to enabling Libdvdcss? Is there an easier method?

  2. Kirk I am currently using Handbrake with Libdvdcss for my owned Dvd’s on OS X Yosemite, when I upgrade to MacOS Sierra is the option you wrote about the only solution to enabling Libdvdcss? Is there an easier method?

  3. i’ve been ripping and encoding my DVDs and the problems i’m encountering are excessive noise and artifacting (especially on dark backgrounds) and moiré patterns. the DVD rips i’ve downloaded in the past don’t have these problems. is there anything i can do to minimise these problems?

  4. i’ve been ripping and encoding my DVDs and the problems i’m encountering are excessive noise and artifacting (especially on dark backgrounds) and moiré patterns. the DVD rips i’ve downloaded in the past don’t have these problems. is there anything i can do to minimise these problems?

  5. I was able to set up all commands in Terminal. However, Handbrake does not recognize the Blu Ray disk and I discovered that the DVD Player does not recognize the disk media type. I’m using a Pansonic BDR-XD05B external Blu Ray writer. Any thoughts?

    • Yes, Handbrake cannot recognize Blu-Rays. Coincidentally, I’m just finishing a follow-up article for Macworld about ripping Blu-Rays with MakeMKV and Handbrake. It will go live in a few days – probably next week – but if you search for MakeMKV, you can get the software and probably figure out how to use it.

  6. I was able to set up all commands in Terminal. However, Handbrake does not recognize the Blu Ray disk and I discovered that the DVD Player does not recognize the disk media type. I’m using a Pansonic BDR-XD05B external Blu Ray writer. Any thoughts?

    • Yes, Handbrake cannot recognize Blu-Rays. Coincidentally, I’m just finishing a follow-up article for Macworld about ripping Blu-Rays with MakeMKV and Handbrake. It will go live in a few days – probably next week – but if you search for MakeMKV, you can get the software and probably figure out how to use it.

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