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Copy off and Play Region 1 Region 2 DVDs without Changing DVD Region Codes on Players or Drivers

How to Copy and Convert Region Code DVDs from Different Countries?

This tutorial briefs you on how to convert region 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 DVDs, rip RCE DVDs, unlock and change country and region codes DVDs for U.S.A, Europe, Australia, etc in either NTSC or PAL format by using WinX DVD Ripper Platinum.

What is DVD region code? - DVD region code is a digital rights management technique mainly for controlling DVD content, release date and price by the distributors.

How to Unlock DVD Region Codes 1-6?

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum
A region-free DVD ripper to remove region codes and rip DVDs from different countries to PC Mac iPhone iPad Android formats!

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum is the perfect example of a decent DVD ripping software that works well both for advanced and amateur users. - Editor's Review from Download3K
change region codes on DVD

DVD region codes defeat many regular DVD players (usually the region-locked DVD playing devices). When playing a region code encrypted DVD (disc), the DVD player requires selecting a geographic area correspondingly in order to make the DVD drive play the DVD encoded to such region. It means that the user must first know the exact region and country information of the DVD.

But it is not the main concern; what totally disappoints us is the limitation on the region code changing times. We can only change the region a limited number of times (mostly 5), and our DVD drive will count and display the remaining changing times. Once Changes remaining reaches zero, we cannot change the region if we reinstall Windows or move our DVD drive to a different computer.

Here is a list of DVD regions and their ranges of application (countries):

Region 1 (R1): U.S.A., U.S. Territories and Canada.
Region 2 (R2): Europe, Japan, the Middle East, Egypt, South Africa, Greenland.
Region 3 (R3): Taiwan, Korea, the Philippines, Indonesia, Hong Kong.
Region 4 (R4): Mexico, South and Central America, Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Caribbean
Region 5 (R5): Russia, Eastern Europe, India, Africa (excluding South Africa), North Korea, Mongolia
Region 6 (R6): China

Note: If you play a certain region DVD in other regions, it can not be played and a "This disc is not formatted to play in this region." hint will pop up automatically on the screen.

How to Play DVD and Avoid Resetting DVD Drive's Counter?

Ripping and copying regional DVDs is the best way to avoid resetting pc's DVD drive's counter and free from worrying about the remaining changing times. And WinX DVD Ripper Platinum makes all DVDs region free. In the respect of DVD region code, it works in the following ways:

Unlock region codes on DVD: WinX DVD Ripper Platinum gets around country code blocks and makes any built-in region codes unlocked and convertible. It can decrypt regional-playback control (RPC) encryption, Region-code Enhanced (RCE) or any other region locks.

Remove region codes on DVD: When backed up using WinX DVD Ripper Platinum, all DVDs become region free in the output files. After copying DVD into different regions, users can further edit them, burn them, convert them or move them without worrying about the compatibility with the region-locked DVD players.

Change region codes on DVD: Acting like a region code changer seemingly, it changes between regions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6; e.g.: convert region 1 DVD to region 2/3/4/5/6 DVD, region 2 DVD to region 1 or all region, region 3 DVD to region 1/2/4/5/6 DVD, convert region 2 PAL (Europe) to Region 4 PAL (Australia), rip DVDs formatted for European PAL, etc. for successful playback.
(Please note that the original region code on the disc is not actually changed by just DVD ripping, but the output video file can be region free and played back on any media player without considering the region issue.)

Convert regional DVDs: not only a region code remover, WinX DVD Ripper Platinum is also a region coded DVD converter. It can convert region encrypted DVDs to AVI, MP4, H.264, MPEG, WMV, MOV, M2TS and FLV. After conversion, DVD owners are enabled to transfer collection of DVD's some region 1 onto memory stick, hard drive, USB flash drive, MicroSD Memory Card and so on or even play back the DVD videos on Android (Samsung, HTC, Google, Amazon, Xiaomi, Aquos, Fujitsu), iPad, iPhone, Apple TV, WP8, Surface Pro, PSP and more.

How to Copy and Convert a Region Code DVD by an All-region DVD Ripper

Convert Region Code DVD

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum is an all-region DVD ripper that can copy and convert RCE DVDs, region 1 and region 2 DVDs, as well as region 3,4,5,6 DVDs.

Warm up: Get the DVD ripper downloaded and installed on your PC or Mac.

Step 1: Insert a region 1/2/3/4/5/6 DVD into your DVD-ROM, launch the software and click "DVD Disc" button. Alternatively, you can input an ISO image or DVD folder instead of a disc itself. After that, the main movie title will be checked automatically.

Step 2: Choose an output format according to your needs. WinX DVD Ripper Platinum has 380+ built-in profiles, so you can convert the region code DVD to general mobile/tablet video, PC videos or Mac videos. You can also try main title content copy that is one of the fastest solutions to copy and save the region (2) DVD with selected audio/video tracks as a MPEG2 digital file without quality loss on image and sound.

Step 3: Change the Destination Folder to an easy-to-find folder on your computer. Try to avoid saving it on Disk C.

Step 4: Hit RUN button and start convert the region code DVD. After ripping is completed, the DVD video is totally region free.

Besides removing region codes on DVDs, WinX DVD Ripper Platinum can also rip Disney DRM protected DVDs, Sony ARccOS DVDs with bad sectors, and DVDs with UOPs and CSS copy protections.

After you got the digital file of region code DVD, then you can optionally use WinX MediaTrans, the world's fastest mobile transfer software, to transfer the converted DVD video to iPhone iPad with original quality. WinX MediaTrans can auto convert any video to Apple MP4 format and auto rotate video for iPhone iPad full screen playback.

User Feedback and Awards:

- I travel a lot and DVDs make great souvenirs, now I don't have to worry about which format they are in.

- The software helped us convert all DVDs we buy to mpg format and store them on a large 3.5inch drive for ease of travel.

- The first software I've ever seen that can not only play different regions but will also copy and burn DVD into different regions, I buy NTSC Region 1, and Pal Region 2. So that was a deciding factor.

- I live in Taiwan (DVD region 3), and have bought lots of DVDs (region 1) from In my tests so far with WinX DVD Ripper Platinum, all my region 1 and region 3 movie DVDs pass!

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum – A region-free DVD ripper to remove region codes on DVD, and convert region code DVD to PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android formats!

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