Hi : ) - I am afraid to use iDVD!

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  1. igmolinav macrumors 65816

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    Hi,

    Good day : ) !!!

    I am a bit afraid to use iDVD. The problem is, that iDVD, the
    softare that allows to play DVD's on the mac, limits the times
    the DVD from a a different region can be played. Is it still true?
    My 13" MBP came with that iDVD version, but I haven't used it.
    Has there been a change? What alternatives do you use?

    Thank you in advance, kind regards,

    igmolinav : ) !!!
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    I don't think there's a time limit, but rather you can only set the region on your DVD player a number of times.
     
  3. roadbloc macrumors G3

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  4. firedept macrumors 603

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    My teenagers still play DVD's they made with iDVD from years ago and still make the occasional dvd with it. They never have an issue and I am unaware of any such thing as a time limit with iDVD and regions.
     
  5. igmolinav thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Hi,

    Thank you for your messages : ) !!!

    That is what I wanted to mean, the
    region change. It is a shame that
    hasn't changed. If during the life-
    time of your computer you have to
    go to a place that uses a different
    region, you are fried, the software
    will eventually become useless !!!

    Kind regards,

    igmolinav : ) !!!
     
  6. Vision99 macrumors newbie

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    Why are you keep messing with the region settings? That's not what it is for.:cool:

    Pick one region setting and keep it at that.
     
  7. tdiaz macrumors 6502

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    The threshold is typically 5 times.. and that's all software.

    IE, Google is your friend.
     
  8. msephton macrumors 6502

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    I'd just use Mplayer http://mplayerosx.ch or VLC http://www.videolan.org/vlc/ to play your DVDs.

    You can probably flash your DVD drive to a region free firmware, but there's an element of risk to the process.

    This should be a warning call that the days of DVD are numbered. Your next computer will most likely not have a DVD drive.
     
  9. G4DP macrumors 65816

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    Pretty difficult if you move coding region wouldn't you say?
     
  10. jezzastern macrumors newbie

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    This is a most confusing thread. iDVD Is a a DVD creation software, and creates discs that are not region protected. DVD region locking is a hardware related issue, and the DVD software player that is included with OSX allows only a limited number of changes to the region (up to five) before the hardware is permanently locked to a particular region. A number of other software media players (VLC is one, I believe) bypass the hardware region locking, and allow discs from all regions to be played, without changing the region in hardware.

    I hope that this helps to clarify the situation.
     
  11. igmolinav thread starter macrumors 65816

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  12. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

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    jezzastern has answered your question.
     

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