DVD region

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Syslik, Sep 29, 2006.

  1. Syslik macrumors newbie

    Sep 28, 2006
    Does anybody know if there is software for a mac like for a pc to be able to watch any dvd region after you have used up the 5 times of changing the dvd region?!?!?!?
  2. gauchogolfer macrumors 603


    Jan 28, 2005
    American Riviera
    I believe that VLC doesn't care what region your DVD is from...
  3. PatrickF macrumors 6502

    Feb 16, 2006
    And as always VLC only cares about the region if the drive is not an RPC-1 drive. Most newer (since a couple of years ago) are RPC-2 and don't allow VLC direct data access, hence no way around the region coding.
  4. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    If you own the DVD, you could use MacTheRipper to make a copy of it and remove the region. Not sure how legal this is though.
  5. demallien macrumors regular

    Oct 13, 2005
    Yup, the bad news is...

    that region encoding is done by the drive hardware, not by the application. In other words, you need to wait for someone to patch the drive firmware for your specific drive.

    To be able to patch the drive, the patcher is going to need a firmware update so that he can get his hands on an image of the code. This can take some time, depending on how many bugs there were in the original firmware (ie if the manufacturer doesn't feel a need to correct any bugs, they don't realease a firmware update).

    The patcher then needs to reverse engineer the code, find the bit that does the region encoding check, and modify the code so that the check isn't done. This check can be performed in multiple places in the code (precisely to make the patcher's life difficult), and finding/patching all of them takes time.

    Basically the best thing you can do is search for your drive model number on Google, and see if anyone has done a patch....
  6. Molnies macrumors member

    Jun 7, 2006
    What you can do is to buy a cheap external DVD player that is region free. I do it this way since I have many region 1 DVDs, but my internal DVD player is "locked" to region 2 (since I'm in Sweden)

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