How-To : Cheat DVD Regional Encoding

by Karthik on October 13, 2007 · 2 comments

DVD_logo  Well you are a movie buff, then I am sure you get DVD’s from the local movie store. Well you might think that a DVD is just a DVD, but it isn’t so, the Hollywood studios have come up with protection schemes to make sure that DVD’s that you buy in India for cheap don’t play in the United States. Well this is done through region protection, all DVD’s come locked to a particular region when you buy them. Well here are the regions that the Hollywood studios have come up with :

  • REGION 1 — USA, Canada
  • REGION 2 — Japan, Europe, South Africa, Middle East, Greenland
  • REGION 3 — S.Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and parts of Southeast Asia
  • REGION 4 — Australia, New Zealand, Latin America
  • REGION 5 — Eastern Europe, Russia, India, Africa
  • REGION 6 — China

  • REGION 7 — Reserved for Unspecified Special Use
  • REGION 8 — Reserved for cruise ships, airplanes and the like
  • REGION ALL — Uncoded discs that will work anywhere

Well the trick here in this how-to depends on the last region, notice that DVD’s encoded in the last region will play anywhere without having to fiddle around with your DVD player.

Well getting your DVD’s to play anywhere in the world is extremely simple. Kudos to Hollywood for coming up with content protection schemes that are not strong by any means. The DVD region comes burned into first bit on the disk so manipulating isn’t that difficult.

What you’ll have to do is rip a copy of your DVD using one of the many popular ripping programs( I suggest ImgBurn if you are on Windows and Mac The Ripper for Mac Users). All you need to do is set the ripping software to produce a "region all" file and then, when you’ve got a copy on your hard drive, just burn a new DVD using software like Toast (Mac) or Nero (Windows).

Via Wired How-To’s

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Richard Foreman April 30, 2008 at 12:39 pm

Tried the above using ImgBurn. Trouble was that message came up that DVD was ‘copy protected’ & wouldn’t rip.


Rodolfo June 24, 2008 at 2:19 am

I would like to know where can i find the option to set the ripping software to produce a region all file?? do i got to settings?? or some other thing?? i have no idea wuere that option is located so i cant set it up can u pls tell me where i can find it


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