DVD region codes how to bypass? The topic is worth discussing.
Region code is used to stop the playing of one region's discs in another region. Your DVDs purchased from Japan can't be played directly in the United States. Because the region code for Japan is 2, whereas the US is 1. Then, what's the DVD region code, and how to remove region code from DVD? Read on to get more helpful info.
DVD region code, proposed by the eight major U.S. film companies, is a part of the DRM (Digital Rights Management) technique. It divides the world into 6 regions, and restricts that DVD discs circulating in each region must have a region code.
Check the most comprehensive DVD region codes and geographic scope here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DVD_region_code.
Besides region 1-6, Wikipedia also introduces the region 0, 7, 8, and ALL. Region 0 and ALL are region-free and compatible with any DVD player. To avoid users resetting DVDs to region-free, movie studios implemented a system called "Regional Coding Enhancement" (RCE) to refuse to play such DVD discs.
DVD region codes aim at protecting the interests of distributors and agents, enabling them to control the international distribution of a DVD release.
Each movie has different release times in different parts of the world. Generally speaking, American blockbusters will be first released locally before being released in overseas markets. If American DVD discs flow into overseas, leading to the prevalence of piracy, it will greatly reduce the box office revenue of film companies.
The region code is designated on the back of the individual DVD, which is displayed on a globe with the region number printed on it.
Like region codes, the standard broadcast format used between countries and regions is not the same. For example, The United States is NTSC and Europe is PAL.
Most NTSC players can't view PAL DVDs, but PAL players generally merely ask for a region-free DVD player to play NTSC DVDs. Therefore, in NTSC countries like the USA, it is best to use a region-free, multi-standard player and multi-standard TV to open PAL DVDs.
The region code of the DVD drive can be changed 5 times. You can easily convert region 2 DVD to region 1, region 6 DVD to region 3, etc. This part will solve DVD region codes, how to bypass and unlock them by modifying the DVD playback region.
Note: Once the 5 chances run out, your DVD will be permanently set to the code you set last time.
Cisdem Video Converter should be the best app to bypass DVD region codes on Mac. You don’t need to care about the region code at all. The software can straightly export media files from DVD discs for playback on media players, streaming, mobile phone, and TV.
In addition to removing DVD region code, CSS, Sony ARccOS, etc., Cisdem Video Converter gives you even more benefits. It lets you batch or individually convert media files to MP4, MKV, MP3, iMovie, iTunes, iPad, etc. Moreover, it's able to download/edit videos and audio tracks.
Step 1. Download and install Cisdem DVD ripper for Mac, and install it.
Step 2. Load DVD movies
Put the DVD disc that you want to digitize to the DVD drive. Ignore the message that prompts you to change the region code. Go to Finder and locate to your DVD disc.
Drag-n-drop DVD VIDEO_TS folder to the “convert” interface of Cisdem Video Converter.
After loading DVD, all video titles will be shown in the list. You can see all the titles and it's durations.
Step 3. Choose the output format
Click on the format button to open the output file panel. Select any general video like MP4, MKV, AVI, etc., audio, and target device among the categories.
By default, the software will keep the original parameters (resolution, frame rate, and aspect ratio, etc.). To adjust them, click the icon next to format you choose.
1. If you dont familiar with video codecs please do not adjust the frame rate and aspect ratio.
2. If you want smaller output size you can lower the resolution. Normally the DVD videos are 720×480 (NTSC) and 720×540 (PAL). Adjust the resolution to 640×480 will have little impact on the output quality.
Step 4. Bypass DVD region codes and convert DVD
Hit the button to rip DVD without region code restriction on Mac. The conversion will start in no time.
Besides DVD, you can also address the "DVD region codes bypass" issue from the DVD player. There are two workarounds.
VideoHelp forum offers a long list of DVD player region free unlock codes based on user reports. You can find many kinds models of DVD players, such as LG BP250, Sony BD-BX510, Panasonic CQ-VAD7300U, Samsung BD-J4500R, Philips DVP3340V, Toshiba SD3950, Philips HTD3514, Philips DVP3620, and so on. Each of them posts the unlock region code hack.
Go to https://www.videohelp.com/dvdhacks, search your DVD player model, and follow the steps. If there is no region code comment for your model, try the hacks of the same brand. For example, to make Philips HTS3251B DVD player region free, you should:
The old DVD players are unable to bypass DVD region codes due to the backward technical level. But now many new models supports region free DVD playback from regions 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and comes with built-in PAL / NTSC conversion. You can purchase those region-free DVD players from official websites, Amazon, Walmart, Fortress, CodeFreeDVD, and more.
Apart from external DVD player, the media player software below can also remove region code from DVD and play it.
Above are solutions on DVD region codes - how to bypass them. When encountering this problem, you should first consider converting the region code until the 5 opportunities are used up. Then, choose whether to buy a DVD ripper or a multi-region DVD player. If you’d like to play your DVD movies anywhere, anytime on portable devices without restriction, I recommend you convert and digitalize your DVD content to common media files.
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