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How to Remove Region Code on DVD File

In order to protect the commercial DVD discs from being used illegally, manufacturers have inserted the region code technology into the DVD discs from being copied for illegal uses. Then, if you have obtained a DVD disc with region code, then you may encounter the playback failure no matter which media player you adopt. The only way to solve the problem is to remove the region code from the original DVD discs. But, without any region code remover, this task would not be possible to be complete. Now, if you are looking for the solution, please stop here for further information.

Part 1: About DVD Region Code

What is DVD region code actually? What is the technology referring to and how does it work? DVD discs are graded because movies are generally released in the current season, if movies that are not released in the current season flow into the local market earlier, it will greatly reduce the box office revenue of the film dealers and cause the profit of the film company to shrink. The region code is added to the film, and the region code recognition mechanism is added to the DVD player. In this way, the disc can only be played when the region code recognition mechanism of the DVD player is consistent with the region code attached to the DVD disc. This means that discs purchased in one known country may not be played on players purchased in another country.

In addition, the region code is optional for the disc maker. Discs without codes can be played on any player in any country. Most DVD drives allow multiple changes to the area code, usually 0 to 5 times. Once the limit is reached, it cannot be changed unless the supplier or manufacturer resets the optical drive. The area code includes six regions:

Region code 1: Canada, United States
Region code 2: Japan, Europe, Middle East, Egypt, South Africa
Region code 3: Southeast Asia, East Asia (Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand, Indonesia)
Region code 4: Australia, New Zealand, South Pacific Islands, Central America, Mexico, South America, Caribbean countries
Region code 5: Africa, India, Central Asia, Mongolia, Russia, North Korea
Region code 6: Mainland China

Part 2: How to Remove DVD Region Code with Leawo DVD Copy

Now if you have purchased a DVD disc with region code protection which may result in that you would not be allowed to play in other areas, what would you do? Definitely, the first thing you can do is to remove the DVD region code from the original disc. How to remove DVD region code? Here, in order to achieve the purpose, what you have to obtain is a piece of DVD copy program which has the capability of removing DVD region code. Here, Leawo DVD Copy is the one you can trust. Regardless of disc protection and region restriction, Leawo Blu-ray Copy can successfully decrypt these discs with region protection with ease. Not only can this program help you to clone DVD with 1:1 quality, but also it can burn ISO image to DVD with a lot of personalized settings. What the most important is that it can perfectly remove any region codes from the original DVD disc without any quality losses during the copy process. You can also be allowed to set your personalized DVD copy settings based on your own preferences and needs.


Step 1.

Download and install Leawo DVD Copy on your computer.

Step 2.

Load the DVD disc. Open the program and insert the Blu-ray disc to the drive on your computer. Once inserted the Blu-ray, then click “Add Blu-ray/DVD” to load the Blu-ray disc. If you are using the laptop without the internal DVD disc drive here, then you need to buy an external DVD disc drive so that you can import the DVD disc to the drive for further use.

Step 3.

Confirm the relevant copying settings. You can select the Disc Type, Copy Mode (Full Movie, Main Movie and Custom Mode) and subtitle and audio track based on your own needs.

Step 4.

Start copying DVD. Once set all the parameters, you can click the big green button “Copy” on the top-right corner. But you should confirm “Copy to”, “Disc Label”, “Save to” options. Once all of them have been selected, then click “Copy” button to start copying Blu-ray. You can choose to copy the Blu-ray disc content to hard drive and then copy the content onto your blank Blu-ray or DVD disc in the future. By the way, the DVD content that can be copied has got free from the region code protection.

Part 3: How to Remove DVD Region Code with Freeware

Well, another free DVD region code remover you can refer to is DVD Shrink. DVD Shrink was once the most convenient DVD video backup tool, but since 2015, it has not been updated anymore. It can complete DVD video backup in 40 minutes. With a simple video compression setting, you can also insert a large-capacity DVD video that needs to be disassembled before burning. During the burning of a DVD, the built-in DVD movie anti-copying release function saves a lot of waiting time for video capture, and directly compresses the video. Also, during the copy steps, the DVD region code could be easily removed from the DVD disc, but unlike Leawo DVD Copy, the original quality would be affected by the copying process. But if you are looking for a free DVD region code removing tool, then DVD Shrink can be your optional choice. For the details, you can refer to the following steps.

Step 1.

Download DVD Shrink and install it on your computer.

Step 2.

Load the DVD disc to the computer’s disc drive and open the program.

Step 3.

Set the copy preferences before copying. You can follow the DVD Shrink Preferences guide to set the preferences.

Step 4.

Add the DVD content to the program. Once the DVD disc has been imported, then click the “Open Disc” option on the top and you can select the original disc to import the original DVD content to the program. For further options, you can refer to the other back mode, such as “Full Disc”.

Step 5.

Select a drive to backup. Once you have chosen the “Open Disc” option, then you will be required to select the proper drive to backup. This is based on your own needs and you can select the drive accordingly.

Step 6.

Set the final copy settings. On the right window, you can see many copy options, including the video mode (automatic, custom, no compression, still image, and still pictures), audio mode, subpicture and so on. Of course, you can also be allowed to set the video content you don’t like, such as deleting some unnecessary content.

Step 7.

Start backing up the DVD disc to your hard drive without region code. Now you can simply click the “Backup” button on the tool bar. Then you would be asked to burn the DVD to the exact saving route as well as the output file folders. When all of them have been selected, then you can click the copy button to start. Based on its official announcement, the copy process would not spend more than 40 minutes. But this should depend on both your hardware and the length and size of the DVD disc.

Part 4: Conclusion

Don’t be confused about the region codes within DVD disc anymore. For your further conveniences, region code, to some extent, is playing an important role in protecting the DVD content from being illegally used. In order to play the region code protected DVD discs on your player, the first thing you have to focus is to remove the region code from the discs with some professional DVD region code remover. Just as mentioned above, Leawo DVD Copy, as an excellent DVD copying program, can also copy the DVD content to your hard drive by making sure that the DVD region code could be removed perfectly. Therefore, the final copy of the DVD content can be played on any media player without the region code restriction.

Of course, you can rely on another freeware -- DVD Shrink to copy the DVD content without region codes to your computer. Well, this freeware is quite limited on the functions and features as well as the interface. If your searching for additional solutions to play the DVD discs with region code, that is to play region-locked DVD with region-free DVD player software. Then Leawo Blu-ray Player can be your firm choice which could decrypt the region code protection and provide the DVD playback solutions easily.



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