How to rip DVDs with Handbrake 1.0 and macOS Sierra

“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,” Kirk McElhearn writes for Macworld. “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,” McElhearn writes. “The go-to tool for ripping and converting video files has long been the free Handbrake. This software was in beta for years, and only recently saw its version 1.0 release.”

“But there’s a problem with Handbrake and macOS Sierra. Handbrake uses a library file called libdvdcss, which enables the app to circumvent copy protection on DVDs, but Sierra’s security system prevents the installation of this library,” McElhearn writes. “There’s a relatively easy way to install this, however…”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Have you used Handbrake 1.0 with macOS Sierra, yet? If so, how did it go?


  1. I have not been able to use handbrake for over a year. I’m guessing a OS upgrade somewhere stopped it from working.

    I am running 10.11.6. I tried the old version of handbrake and the new version, 1.0.2 I have tried dozens of DVD and all I get is an error: “No Valid Source Found”

    Can anyone help????

  2. I’ve been using Handbrake for a long time. It continued to work without issue when I upgraded to Sierra.

    I added MakeMKV to the mix back in 2014, it rips blu-ray as well as DVDs from other regions (I’ve been importing DVDs from UK and Germany). After MakeMKV creates the MKV file I then run it through Handbrake to create the M4V file for iTunes.

    On thing that stopped working when I upgraded to Sierra was iDentify, which was an awesome tool for tagging the content. I now use Subler, not as nice but runs just fine. I posted info in this topic, see reply #7, on how to use Subler as it wasn’t straight forward to figure out:

  3. Ripping DvD’s is so yesterday. Ripping Blu-rays is where to go.
    I use a 2009 17″ MPB running boot camp windows 10 with an external LG Blu-ray drive. The best software is from They keep their keys updated so rarely do I have an ripping issue. I use AnyDvD HD with Clone BD and rip to a M4V (H.264 1920 x 1080 w/ AC3 and 5.1 audio) file where I add the mata tags. For standard DVDs I use AnyDVD with Their CloneDVD mobile, with the same resolution only AAC 48k stereo on the audio.

  4. My handbrake stopped working in El Capitan…Using Sierra now..Followed all the instructions to the letter, got the right prompts, etc…HandBrake still does not see the DVD on the desktop, just like in El Cap!

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