Can't play Region 2 DVDs in USA or other region code DVDs in different countries? Or failed to play PAL discs in a NTSC standard DVD player? This tutorial briefs you on removing DVD region code, changing DVD country code for USA, Europe, Australia, Japan etc. in either NTSC or PAL format by using the fastest DVD ripper.
What is DVD region code? - DVD region codes is a digital rights management technique mainly for controlling DVD content, release date and price by the distributors.
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. Otherwise, you will get wrong region error message when playing DVD.
But it is not the main concern; what totally disappoints us is the limitation on the region code changing times. You can change DVD region code on Sony/Samsung DVD Player or DVD drives in a limited number of times (mostly 5) before it's permanently locked. 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, South Korea, Hong Kong SAR, Macau.
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): People's Republic of China, Hong Kong SAR
Note: If you play a certain region DVD in other regions, for example, playing USA DVD in UK, 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.
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. WinX DVD Ripper is the best free tool to make all DVDs region free.
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Warm up: Get the DVD ripper downloaded and installed on your Windows (10) 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 has 350+ 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 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.
Disclaimer: Digiarty Software does not advocate ripping copy-protected DVDs for any commercial purpose and suggests referring to the DVD copyright laws in your countries before doing so.
- 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've bought to mpg format and store them on a large 3.5inch drive for ease of travel.
- The first software I've ever seen that rip and copy DVDs in different regions so well. 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 Amazon.com. In my tests so far with WinX DVD Ripper Platinum, all my region 1 and region 3 movie DVDs pass!
Remove region codes on DVDs, and convert copy protected DVDs to MP4, AVI, H.264, MPEG, WMV, MOV, etc. Enable you to play back DVDs on any devices in any place! Support scratched DVDs, 99 title DVDs, DRM encrypted DVDs.
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