How to Remove DVD Region Code

If you’ve ever looked for movies on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk, you’ll notice that DVD and Blu-ray movies are usually released in the USA first, and then a month or two later, they’ll appear for sale in the UK.

Even though, you get the DVD or Blu-ray overseas from your friends, you get a message like “Region not allowed”, and the movie won’t play.WTH?!

Why the movie studios do this? In my opinion, they’re trying to make as much money as possible. Shocking, I know.

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What is Region Codes

Method 1. Copy your DVD disc

Method 2. Rip DVD to videos


DVD Region Codes

There are 6 individual region codes with which DVDs are embedded. These 6 region codes function in the same way as Blu-ray region codes(see remove Blu-ray Region Code in my iLifeCentral blog). A DVD disc from region 1 would be encoded as region code 1 and is therefore only operable in a DVD player that originated from region 1. The same is true for region 2, region 3, and so on and so forth, all the way to region 8.

DVD Region Code Geographic Region(s) Used
Region 0 Discs that bear the region 0 symbol either have no flag set or have regions 1–6 flags set. Region 0 is commonly referred to as “Region Free”, especially when talking about DVD and Blu-ray Disc players.
Region 1 United States, Canada, Bermuda, U.S. territories
Region 2 Europe, Middle East, Egypt, Japan, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Greenland, French Overseas departments and territories
Region 3 Southeast Asia, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau
Region 4 South America, Central America, Caribbean, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia, Papua New Guinea and much of Oceania
Region 5 Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Africa (except Egypt, South Africa, Swaziland, and Lesotho), Central and South Asia, Mongolia, North Korea
Region 6 China
Region 7 Reserved for future use, MPAA-related DVDs and “media copies” of pre-releases in Asia
Region 8 International venues such as aircraft, cruise ships, etc.
Region ALL Region ALL discs have all eight flags set, allowing the disc to be played in any location, on any player.


Method 1. Copy your DVD disc

To remove DVD region code, you can back up your region code protected DVD disc to a blank DVD disc bypassing the DVD region code. To accomplish this task, you can use Brorsoft DVD Ripper. It will help you copy and backup commercial DVD movies to DVD disc in 1:1 ratio. You can also save the DVD movie to your hard drive as DVD Folder or ISO image file. After the backup, you can play the DVD on any DVD player. In this way, you have removed DVD region code from the commercial DVD discs. If you are a Mac user, you can use Brorsoft DVD Ripper for Mac.

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Method 2. Rip DVD to videos

Another way to make the DVD region free is to rip the DVD region protected DVDs to popular video formats so that you can play them on any media players, including iPhone 4S, iPad, iPod, etc. To rip encrypted DVD, you can use Aimersoft Brorsoft DVD Ripper. It can help your crack the region code and CSS protection automaticlly and convert DVD to popular video and audio formats, such as AVI, MP4, WMV, FLV, MKV, MOV, MP3, OGG, FLAC, WAV, etc. In this way, you can play your favorite DVD movies anywhere you like.

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Besides, this DVD ripper comes with a built-in video editor, which enables you to crop, rotate, trim videos, etc. The equivalent Mac version is Brorsoft DVD Ripper for Mac. By converting DVD to popular videos, you have got rid of the DVD region code.

Why Choose Brorsoft DVD Ripper

As one of the the best DVD region code remover, Brorsoft DVD Ripper can remove region code from DVD, make DVD region code to region zero and rip DVD to Mac, MP4, MOV, AVI, H.264, iPhone, iPad, etc. No quality loss and 6X faster speed.

1. Remove DVD region code to play multi region DVD on DVD drive and your computer

Insert your DVD disc into your DVD-Rom (Ensure that you have sufficient space on hard drive to store the DVD). Here you may worry about your DVD drive can’t read the DVD Disc because of the incompatibility of region code. Yeah, normally, DVD drive in region 1 can’t read and play DVDs that purchased from the UK(region 2)or other areas. But with this DVD Ripper, anything will become simple, it will automatically bypass the DVD Drive, you can play DVD with DVD Player software on your computer without restriction.

2. Copy DVD to computer with 1:1 lossless quality

Brorsoft DVD Ripper also can backup DVD Movie on computer in VOB files with 1:1 lossless quality in clicks:

2.1. Click ‘Load DVD’ button to add the DVD file. You can also click ‘Load File’ to add DVD/IFO from your hard disk.

2.2. From the format list to select ‘Lossless DVD Copy (*.vob)’ to copy DVD to computer in 1:1 lossless quality.

2.3. Click ‘Start’ button to began.

After you copy DVD Movie to computer, you can also use DVD burner software like Nero to burn VOB files to DVD to play it on other DVD Players.

3. Convert DVD movie to any popular video/audio files

Brorsoft DVD Ripper can rip DVD to almost all video and audio formats, such as convert DVD to AVI, rip DVD to MPEG, WMV, MP4, H.264/AVC, RM, FLV, MOV, M4V, XviD, 3GP, ASF, MP3, WMA, WAV, RA, M4A, AAC, AC3, OGG, etc. so you can play DVD Movie on iPad, iPod, iPhone, Zune, PSP, Apple TV, Xbox, Archos, Creative Zen, etc.

Free download, install and run Brorsoft DVD Ripper, the trail-before-purchase quick download icon provide here, you can also turn to Brorsoft page for downloading.

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Keep in mind that you have download the right version, Mac OS .dmg files cannot be installed on Windows platform – and vice versa.

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