After upgrading to Handbrake 0.9.3, I recently got caught by a gotcha resulting from the removal of Handbrake’s automatic DVD decryption on the Mac.

No more internal DVD decryption
Yeah, we know, no one reading this is going “Oh wow, no more DVD decryption–what a great new feature!” but…deal.

HandBrake will dynamically load VLC’s copy of libdvdcss if you have it in your Applications folder in Mac OS X, and if you’re on Linux, and you want to live on the wild side, you can install libdvdcss on your system and get the same effect.

Translation of the last paragraph from nerdese:

We’re not about to stop you from choosing to decrypt DVDs. If you’re on a Mac, and you have VLC 0.9.x installed, you won’t even notice the internal capability’s gone. If you’re on Linux, all you have to do is install a library.

Anyone who ran into the same issues can just download the latest version of VLC Media Player for Mac OS X. As the release notes state, as long as the VLC app is in your Applications folder, Handbrake will auto-load the libdvdcss library for DVD decryption.

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  1. I have a problem w/ this media paleyr I use win 7. Every time I open a music file or? record and choose media paleyr as a default program, all the icons at the bottom of my toolbar (U know how it’s in win 7) turn into mini icons .Really extraordinary ? Any fix ?

  2. Great aretilc, thank you again for writing.

  3. dude .I figured out wht’s the prob .The wtisbee from where I used to download is messed up .! Probably has a virus or some glitch tht’s why it does? tht !