Handbrake DVD fix for VLC 2.0

Lex Friedman
27 February, 2012
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We’ve long loved HandBrake, the free, open-source for ripping DVDs. But if you’ve upgraded to the recently-released VLC Player 2.0, you may have encountered a HandBrake problem.

That’s because HandBrake requires VLC in order to read (and then transcode) encrypted DVDs – and most DVDs you can buy these days are indeed encrypted. And the latest version of VLC actually changes which code libraries it uses for DVD decrypting and playback, meaning HandBrake can no longer take advantage of the library it’s long depended upon for that purpose. So if you’ve upgraded to VLC Player 2.0 and attempt to rip a DVD with HandBrake, you’ll encounter an error message suggesting that you don’t have the right version of VLC installed.

If you upgrade to VLC Player 2.0, HandBrake will likely show you this error when you attempt to rip a DVD.

Luckily, there’s an easy fix. First, you could download an older copy of VLC and rename your newer version, but that’s annoying. The better solution is to download the missing library directly from VLC. At that link, you can either download an installer package, which places the library where it belongs or download the libdvdcss.2.dylib file directly. If you take the latter option, you need to move that file to /usr/lib/ on your Mac. The installer does that for you.

When I ran the installer, however, it locked up after a few seconds and I eventually needed to force-quit it. It had in fact installed the library in the proper place, though, so everything turned out okay.

Once that file’s in the right place, HandBrake will happily start encoding protected DVDs successfully again and you can keep on using the latest version of VLC, too.



3 people were compelled to have their say. We encourage you to do the same..

  1. Bob Skinner says:

    Brilliant thanks for HB fix

  2. Garrett says:

    Perfect. Thanks for the tip.

  3. Johannes says:

    Perfect, thanks! Really needed that tip! :-)

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