Best tool to rip DVDs with a foreign region code?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by sandyjmacdonald, Aug 23, 2011.

  1. macrumors 6502

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    I've been using mac.jedi's amazing Automator actions to rip and encode all of my DVDs for streaming to my Apple TV, but I have lots of DVDs with foreign region codes (i.e. not region 2, where I am). Fairmount doesn't seem to like ripping them, and VLC no longer seems to play them either.

    Any ideas on how to rip and/or play them on my iMac?

    There's a separate issue of ripping some other DVDs (like Wall.E and District 9) with funky copy protection. I end up with a MASSIVE rip that is completely useless. Anyone got any ideas on this?

    My current machine is a late 2009 Core 2 Duo (3.06) 21.5 inch iMac with 4 GbRAM and a 1 Tb hard disk, running Lion.
     
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    Futhark

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  4. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, trouble is that the more recent versions of VLC won't play foreign region code discs. This is my trouble.
     
  5. macrumors 6502

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    Most Mac internal optical drives are RPC-2 region locked within the drive itself, so there is no way to play or rip them without using up one of your region changes.

    If you're lucky you may have a drive whose firmware can be reflashed to an RPC-1 version; search for your drive model plus RPC1 and see. If you don't want to chance that then an external drive may be your best bet.
     
  6. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Hmmm... external drive. Good idea. I'll try that. Don't want to risk reflashing my internal one.

    Thanks.
     

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