DVD Region Code: How to Bypass or Change the DVD Region Code
Last Updated on November 19, 2020 by Robert Jackson
Most commercial DVDs have region codes and a region-coded DVD can only be read and played by a DVD player in the same region code.
If you play a region-locked DVD with an incorrect DVD player, a notification saying ‘Incorrect Region Code’ or even worse, the disk will eject automatically. As a result, you won’t be able to watch the DVD playback.
Still, there are methods that you can watch the DVD with the current DVD player though the region code is incompatible. To find out more, you may first get to know about the DVD region code.
What are DVD region codes?
Part of the DRM, digital rights management, the DVD region code system is the method that DVD publishers will apply on DVDs to control the global distribution and prevent improper disk trade.
DVD publishers consider the world as 8 regions and title them with a related code. These are the details of the region codes:
The US and Canadian DVD lovers can only play Region 1 DVD with a Region 1 DVD player. However, there’re some DVDs in Region 0 or Region 9 which stand for region free.
How to bypass DVD region code?
Since there’s no way to remove or change the region code on the DVD, your DVD player has no way to read and play the DVD for you now. In this case, you may try to bypass the region code and rip the DVD as a digital video file with your computer.
While dealing with a region-coded DVD, you can insert it into your computer’s disk drive and then apply to a DVD ripper program to rip the DVD content.
With a ripping, you’re able to transform the DVD formatted movie into a more compatible video file that you may transfer and watch on your TV without using the DVD player.
Let’s see how to do it then.
Download DVD Ripper on your computer
Pop your DVD into the disk drive of your PC
Upload the DVD to the DVD ripper software
Launch the DVD ripper and click the Load DVD button to input the disk into the ripper. The DVD ripper will display all the titles as well as available audios and subtitles of the DVD in a few seconds.
Then, hit Rip All to and locate MP4, choose the Same as Source option. Choose the suitable audio channel and subtitles for the output movie.
Next, click the Rip All button to start the ripping.
Enjoy the DVD movie
When the process is complete, click Open Output Folder to locate the DVD movie file. You may watch it on your computer right away or transfer it to your TV and watch it.
You cannot change the region code of the DVD, so if you want to keep watching the DVD, try the pre-mentioned methods. No matter you change the region code on the DVD player or rip the DVD as a video file, you will successfully enjoy the movie in the end.