Fixing issues with HandBrake in Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan

Upgrading to Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan removes libdvdcss support

Removing this support results in the inability to copy DVDs to your computer using the app HandBrake. This video demonstrates two easy ways to bring this support back.

Video Transcript

So, I ran into an issue recently when I was trying to burn some DVDs to my computer, using the app Handbrake, and what was happening was the video and audio quality was just completely distorted and broken beyond belief.

I found out what happened was the latest version of Mac OS, El Capitan, was released without the ability to decrypt certain encryption methods on DVDs.

At first I was pretty bummed because I thought that this was the end of burning DVDs to my computer. But it turns out we can actually bring this back by downloading a file and moving it into our library.

There are two ways that I am going to show you how to do this.

The first way is a little bit easier for less computer savvy users - we just use an internet browser to download the file and move it manually.

The second way assumes you have some prior knowledge, or prior experience, with a command line and have also homebrew installed.

For the first way we'll open up a browser and go to this URL, and we'll want to download this first file on the list.

Once that's downloaded, we'll move that file to the desktop.

Go to the go menu on our menu bar and click Go To Folder and the path we'll want to put in is:


and we'll click go.

Then just drag that file on in there - I'm not going to do that because mine is already there.

And that should do it. That should restore your ability to decrypt your DVDs and then burn them onto your computer.

The second way to do this is a little bit easier, you just need to have some experience with the command line and also have homebrew installed.

But once you have both of those you can basically just type in:

brew install libdvdcss

And you're good to go. That will do the same thing - that will restore the ability to burn your DVDs on to your computer.

I hope that helps!

Is there an error, or incorrect information in this post? Let me know!