This article introduces what does a DVD Region Code mean and how to overcome the region code from DVD for playing freely.
Why do we have region codes?
DVD region code is a digital rights management technique mainly for controlling DVD content, release date and price by the distributors. Almost all commercial DVDs that are sold have what is called a "region code" (also called "regional code"), which only allows the DVD to be played on DVD players that have this region code, and the only DVD players that typically do have this region code are those sold in that same region.
Tip: As I'm sure you know, DVDs are coded to a region of the world. Here's how it breaks down:
REGION 1 — USA, Canada
REGION 2 — Japan, Europe, South Africa, Middle East, Greenland
REGION 3 — S.Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Parts of South East Asia
REGION 4 — Australia, New Zealand, Latin America (including Mexico)
REGION 5 — Eastern Europe, Russia, India, Africa
REGION 6 — China
REGION 7 — Reserved for Unspecified Special Use
REGION 8 — Reserved for Cruise Ships, Airlines, etc...
REGION 0, 9, or REGION ALL — Discs are uncoded and can be played worldwide
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How to play unlock DVD freely
Step 1: Insert a region 1/2/3/4/5/6 DVD into your DVD-ROM, launch the software and click "Add DVD" button. After that, the main movie title will be listed at the first place.
Step 2: Click Format (located below where your DVD files are displayed) and select the format you want from the drop-down list. Just below Profile is Output, here you can browse your computer for a better destination folder for DVD Ripper to save your converted movies. As you see, all regular video and audio formats like MP4, MOV, MKV, WMV, AVI, FLV, MP3, WMA, WAV, M4A, etc. are provided. And you can adjust you encoder, resolution by click the "setting" button.
If you want to rip DVD movies for play on portable devices, including iPhone, iPad, iPod, HTC, Samsung, Nokia, Sony, PSP, Xbox 360 and more, you can simply browse to find the icon of your device and select it as the output format to get videos with optimized settings. All idevices output files can be synced to iTunes automatically.
Step 3: Once you've selected the output file format you want, you're ready to rip. Simply click the "Start" button to start removing DVD Region Code and ripping DVD on your Mac computer. after a fraction of seconds, you can play your DVD movie on Mac without taking along DVD player.
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