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Show remaining DVD Player region switches
Authored by: SlewSys on Dec 06, '06 12:04:53AM

Two basic options for overcoming region switching limits are 1) copy and/or encode the DVD to hard drive and play it from there, and 2) upgrade the DVD firmware.

Apple's DVD drives seem to have their own copy protection (?), so I use a third party DVD reader to copy DVDs to the hard drive. In System Preferences -> CDs & DVDs, I set "When you insert a video DVD" to "Ignore". Then I save my (purchased) DVD to disk with a program such as MacTheRipper, and view it by dragging-and-dropping the resulting VIDEO_TS folder onto DVD Player.

With a program such as HandBrake, I am able to encode DVDs using Apple's DVD drives. This creates a file which may be played in Quicktime, but quality suffers compared to the original DVD.

I have not tried upgrading my DVD drive's firmware since the above options work for me.



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Show remaining DVD Player region switches
Authored by: jcwils on Dec 06, '06 02:44:52AM
If you use Xine Player you can set a "software" drive region in the preferences. http://xineplayer.berlios.de/

I've used it a lot when VLC doesn't work.

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