Does the SuperDrive read PAL DVDs?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by TWLreal, Mar 10, 2007.

  1. thegrandmaster macrumors regular


    Feb 3, 2007
    Yeah, my iMac and iBook do, they were bought in the UK but I couldn't believe that they would sell computers that were region locked to the country they were sold in, I'll try an NTSC DVD and see what happens.

    I doubt a computer bought in another area would be unable to play DVDs from another area, then again...
  2. oligore macrumors member


    Sep 22, 2006
    It can play any region but in Apple DVD player you have to change the region to make the DVD play but there are only a limited number of time you can change region ( 5 I think)
  3. deadpixels macrumors 6502a

    Oct 30, 2006
    right, but remember that your player will then be stuck at the last region played, so if your in the u.s and your last played dvd is PAL then you'll be stuck in PAL forever .. or until you find a soft to reset the superdrive or a firmware to make it region free :D
  4. phidauex macrumors member

    Feb 26, 2007
    You guys have it a bit confused...

    PAL = A video format.
    Region = A code put on commercial DVDs indicating the region it can be played in.

    Your computer could care less if the video format is PAL or NTSC. It will play both happily forever.

    Your superdrive can only change regions a set number of times. But not all PAL disks are a different region, and not all different region disks are PAL (Japan, for instance).

    If you have a PAL disk of a different region, your best bet for long-term use is to burn a copy of it in a computer with a region-free drive (some older superdrives can be patched to be region free, and many commercial DVD-R drives can be patched this way too), and have the burning process remove the region encoding to make a 'region-less' disk for you to use. This is legal, since its your DVD. This PAL, region-less disk will play happily in your computer without having to reset your computer's region.

  5. deadpixels macrumors 6502a

    Oct 30, 2006
    in my answer PAL meant, the region where PAL system is used, aka region 2 :D
  6. Cromulent macrumors 603


    Oct 2, 2006
    The Land of Hope and Glory
    You can have PAL DVDs using the American region code and NTSC DVDs using the European region code. Of course it would not do much good but I am trying to illistrate the point that PAL and NTSC have nothing to do with region codes and vice versa.

    Edit : As for making a region free disc from another DVD you own, simply rip the DVD with Mac the Ripper in region free mode and then burn it the way you would any other video DVD.
  7. phidauex macrumors member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Good method for making region-free DVDs, all on one computer.

    PAL DVDs with American encoding aren't that common, but NTSC DVDs with the Japanese region code are very common, and that can really trip people up. It is important to remember the difference between the video format, and the region, otherwise some anime collector is going to get really confused. ;)


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