How can I watch PAL DVDs?

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  1. erkanasu macrumors 6502

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    Im in germany the whole summer, and my MBP is north american. How can I watch PAL DVDs on this NTSC Laptop( im assuming these come "locked" or something)?
     
  2. erkanasu thread starter macrumors 6502

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    umm what?
     
  3. neocell macrumors 65816

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    I would think that they'd work fine in DVD Player as well. But if not VLC, a media player that lets you play all kinds of different video formats. Great for the broadspectrumness (yeah I know it's not a word) but I don't really like the GUI.

    **EDIT**
    sorry above link is to PPC version I think. Here's the page where you can get PPC or intel for OSX link
     
  4. adriantoll macrumors member

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    DevilsRejection means http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

    But if your laptop is North American, to be able to play Region 2 DVDs (North America is Region 1) you just have to insert a Region 2 DVD and you'll be prompted to change your drive's region to Region 2. HOWEVER, be aware that you can only change the drive's region a certain number of times (five I think), so it's not something that you can switch backwards and forwards indefinitely.

    If you try playing a DVD with a different region code than your drive in VLC, you'll just get a blank screen. Unless someone knows about a way around that?
     
  5. neocell macrumors 65816

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    You can always use MacTheRipper to get it to your harddrive without the region code issues.
     
  6. erkanasu thread starter macrumors 6502

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    okay, so the only way then to do this on a regular basis is to rip to hard drive?
     
  7. DevilsRejection macrumors regular

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    Will you install VLC already dammit and just be happy lol
     
  8. erkanasu thread starter macrumors 6502

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    haha, no. I dont have any pal movies, i want to be sure it works before I buy some. Also, someone just said VLC doesnt work, u just get a black screen if ure not in the right region....
     
  9. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    It's a region coding thing not NTSC/PAL. Computers tend to be neither. They will display either standard fine.

    If you get a Region 0 (i.e. no region code) PAL DVD it will play fine as will a Region 0 NTSC one.
     
  10. superbovine macrumors 68030

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    it works. the problem is more than likely the dvd will be from a different region. do you think an open-source dvd player would not play pal? If you actually look at the site, you'd see that most of the developers and staff are in Europe.
     
  11. erkanasu thread starter macrumors 6502

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    okay, that clears alot up for me, thanks. So, If i walk into a DVD store here in germany, will the DVDs i buy work fine then? What if its region 2, then I rip it removing the region? Where are region 0 dvds usually found?
     
  12. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    You may not be able to rip it without making your drive region free or using up one of your precious region changes. Region 0 DVDs are found all over the world! They tend to be releases of minor films that the studios would prefer to release the same version everywhere. I have a few (generally Japanese films for some reason). Major releases are almost always region coded.

    Region coding just proves that movie studios hate us!
     
  13. erkanasu thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So in conclusion, I am SOL unless the dvd is region 0 or i use up my region changes...
     
  14. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    Region-free firmware + Region X (I think it's called). You can change region as many times as you want and your drive becomes region-free at a hardware level allowing ripping without region changes (DVD Player.app still checks regions which is why you need to change region as often as you want).

    I had it all working fine on my PowerBook G4. I havn't tried yet on my MacBook Pro (yet)...
     
  15. erkanasu thread starter macrumors 6502

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    ya, that sounds good. Would this void my warranty? How would they even know if i brought it in to get it reapired on something completley different.
     
  16. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    It probably would void your warranty. The difficulty is even finding region free firmware. Good luck! If you find some come back and let us know...
     
  17. McBain macrumors member

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    If you're only going to be watching region 2 DVDs while you're in Europe, simply put the DVD in and let DVD player change the region. Then when you get back to the US, pop in a region 1 disc and you can reset it back to that region.

    You can do this a few times (4-5 times, I think) so there's no danger of locking yourself out if you're only going to do it twice - once to region 2 and once to region 1.
     
  18. theBB macrumors 68020

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    Just buy a cheap external (USB) DVD reader from that region, you'll be fine. You might be able to find a region free one as well.
     
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