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Question Converting Region 2 to Region 1

Discussion in 'Convert DVD to another format' started by HenryCan, Jul 16, 2017.

  1. HenryCan

    HenryCan Member

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    I have three Region 2 DVDs that I'd like to convert so that they can be played on a Region 1 DVD player. I have a player that will play them but, when it eventually fails, I'd like to have a copy of the three DVDs that will play in a Region 1 player. (These titles were never released in Region 1 format and I very much doubt they ever will be.)

    How do I do what I'm trying to do? I did a search within the forum but only found very old threads from 2003 and 2007; I have to assume there may be better/easier/cheaper approaches these days to accomplish the same tasks.

    I run Windows 10 on my computer so I'm looking for a Windows solution.

    I'd be grateful for any advice!
     
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    attar Senior member

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  3. HenryCan

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    Thank you! Simply making an MKV sounds like a workable solution. I'll have to play it on my laptop then since I'm pretty sure I can't play MKVs on my TV-connected DVD player or BluRay player. I can just connect an HDMI cable between my laptop and the TV to view it on the TV.

    When using MakeMKV, do I have to play the Region 2 disks on my laptop and change the Region to 2? Or is there some way to play it on the DVD player I hacked to play all regions and then capture the output via MakeMKV running on my laptop?
     
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    Use fab (free to rip) or dvd shrink to remove the region lock.In shrink its under settings to make it region free,not sure if its required for dvd fab.
    In fab select main movie or title 1 if using dvd shrink (tut for authoring in dvd author section here at afterdawn).

    once movie ripped use vidcoder to convert to mp4
     
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    attar Senior member

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    Don't play the disk; if you do you will have to allow a region change setting on the burner and you are only allowed five then it becomes locked to the fifth region code.
    Just insert the dvd, run MakeMKV and let it detect the drive.
     
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    DVD regions were developed by movie companies to protect the release of their films in various markets. Region settings allow them to control the release date of films in each of the regions. However, with the right software, most standalone and computer-based DVD drives can be set to read discs set for different regions, and many can be set to a region-free setting, allowing them to read any DVD. Alternatively, you can strip the region codes from your, for example, Region 2 DVDs and re-burn them so that they will play in Region 1 NTSC DVD players. Try MakeMKV to strip the DVD region codes.
     
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    Easier to strip the region coding away from the dvd as it can be done automatically by the dvd ripper & never be bothered by such nonsense again
     

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