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Discussion in 'iMac' started by Amnesiac1, May 5, 2011.
Any way to play DVDs from various regions on an iMac?
Macs start region free but lock to the first region you use.
You can, however, change it up to five times.
Well, I have two Region 2 DVDs I want to watch so I suppose that'll do...
Is there no way to get the iMac to remain region free?
What if you use VLC instead of the DVD Player?
Download Handbrake and copy them. You don't have to change regions to copy DVDs.
The resulting video file will be watchable?
And is that legal?
Yes and no. Its legal to back up the video's you own, but not legal to break the copyright that is on the DVD.
But really, there is little legal recourse as the film producers have almost no way of knowing this was done.
Yup, I've done it with a few region locked DVDs.
This is by far the easiest way--VLC should play the disc no matter the region coding.
Oh, really? So, I can have my machine's region set to "1" and yet it will still play region 2 discs? You're sure?
In many cases, yes. But as VideoLAN suggests, you just have to try to know for sure.
It's worth a shot, as it is by far the easiest method. If that doesn't work though, then Handbrake is your best bet.
There are a ton of Region 2 DVDs that I would like to watch. For instance:
Get one of these http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...ROM/RW+Drives+-+External-_-SAMSUNG-_-27151231 and set it to region 2. Then use VLC to watch your DVDs.
Unfortunately, most recent SuperDrives are RPC2 with no raw access. If your drives firmware can be found on www.rpc1.org then you can burn that to your drive to make it rpc1 with no key. Handbrake gives garbled output on these drives if you can't make them RPC1.
this is by far the best solution I have found. No messing with firmware, no region bs. I use a LiteOn drive.
you could get an elcheapo external region free drive for those regions that the imac wont play...
Good to know, thanks.
The use of a cheap external drive to circumvent region locking on iMac seems a good idea, but I wonder whether iMac internal software will allow me to run an external and internal drive on two different regions. Has any one experience with doing this?
In several jurisdictions this is perfectly legal; stupidly draconian laws such as the DMCA only apply to the US, ya know...