- Part 1: What are Blu-ray Region Codes?
- Part 2: How to Remove Region Code to Get Region-free Blu-ray Disc
- Part 3: How to Remove Region Code to Get Digital Video Files
- Part 4: Play All Region-locked Blu-ray Easily with Region-free Player
- Part 5: Related: How to Remove Cinavia Protection on Blu-ray Disc?
Part 1: What are Blu-ray Region Codes?
Just like DVD Discs, some Blu-ray Discs are encoded with region codes, which are simply pieces of data that are embedded into Blu-ray Discs to act as a restriction. The Blu-ray region code is read by the Blu-ray Disc player. If the code does not get recognized, the region code acts as embargo, consequently restricting the disc playback. Since region codes are specific to certain geographical locations, a disc can typically only be read and played by a Blu-ray Player that was manufactured and/or intended for use in that same specific region.
In total, there are 3 separate Blu-Ray region codes. These codes are classified alphabetically as Region A, Region B, and Region C. Blu-ray discs that have been manufactured in region A are embedded with region code A, and are therefore only usable with players from region A. The same is applicable for regions B and C. The Blu-ray region code map is displayed below:
Region A: North America, South America, U.S. Territories, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and other areas of Southeast Asia.
Region B: Europe, Africa, Middle East, Australia, and New Zealand.
Region C: Asia with the exception for Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and other areas of Southeast Asia.
Part 2: How to Remove Region Code to Get Region-free Blu-ray Disc
To clarify, there’s basically nothing we can do about the original Blu-ray disc, what we can do is make an exact copy of the disc that has no Blu-ray region codes on it. If you want to make a region-free copy of your region-locked disc, below are the things needed in the copying making process.
1. A Blu-ray recordable disc. If the original disc is BD50, remember to get a recordable disc with the same storage space.
2. A suitable piece of Blu-ray disc copying software that’s capable of removing the Blu-ray region code on the original disc when copying the disc.
3. A Blu-ray drive that supports burning Blu-ray discs. You’ll need it to read and burn Blu-ray discs.
When you can’t reprogram the region code on the disc, you can use a program called Leawo Blu-ray Copy to make a lossless copy of your Blu-ray disc and remove the Blu-ray region code on it while doing so. Leawo Blu-ray Copy is designed to help users back up their Blu-ray discs with ease. It can make 1:1 copies of all kinds of Blu-ray/DVD discs as well as compress BD50 to BD25, DVD-9 to DVD-5. It will just take a few steps to make a 1:1 lossless, region-free copy of your Blu-ray disc using Leawo Blu-ray Copy. For a step-by-step guide on that, check out the content below.
Step 1. Download Leawo Blu-ray Copy and install it on your computer.
Step 2. Insert a new blank Blu-ray disc to the disc drive on the condition that your computer has dual Blu-ray disc drives.
Step 3. Open the program and load the Blu-ray disc. You can simply click on the “Add Blu-ray/DVD” button to load the Blu-ray disc. Once you have inserted the Blu-ray disc, then you can view the Blu-ray content on this program immediately.
Step 4. Set the relevant parameters. You can select the Disc Type, Copy Mode (Full Movie, Main Movie and Custom Mode) and subtitle and audio track based on your preferences.
Step 5. Start copying Blu-ray. This new Blu-ray copy would be without any region codes protection. Once set all the parameters, you can click the big green button “Copy” on the top-right corner. Before copying, you will be required to set the “Copy to”, “Disc Label”, “Save to”.
When you only have one Blu-ray drive, the procedure for burning the folder or the ISO file to the recordable disc is easy. It’s basically no different from the copying procedure from above. Just drag the folder or ISO file to the program to import them and repeat step 3 to step 4. And in step 4, you’ll need to get the original disc out of the Blu-ray drive and the recordable disc in and select it as the target from the drop-down menu of the third option.
Part 3: How to Remove Region Code to Get Digital Video Files
Instead of spending more money on buying a blank Blu-ray disc, you can also get the digital videos content from the original Blu-ray disc. Here, in order to obtain the digital form of the Blu-ray disc, an additional ripping program has to be prepared. That is Leawo Blu-ray Ripper. . Leawo Blu-ray Ripper is able to rip Blu-ray and DVD to 180+ video or audio with 100% original quality and 6X faster speed. With Leawo Blu-ray Ripper, you can personalize the Blu-ray movies including file merging, media editing, 3D movie creating, parameter adjusting, etc with the best output quality.
Step 1. Download Leawo Blu-ray Ripper and then install it on your computer.
Step 2. Import the Blu-ray content. You can click “Add Blu-ray/DVD” to import the Blu-ray disc once you have loaded the Blu-ray disc.
Step 3. Choose output format. You can choose MP4 as the output video format. There is a drop-down box named “MP4 Video” by default next to “Add Photo” button. And you can find “Edit”, “Change” and “Apply” three options. You can click “Change” to enter the “Profile” panel to select the output format. Here you can select MP4, MKV, AVI etc as your preferred digital video format.
Step 4. Start converting the Blu-ray disc to digital video. After setting the video parameters, you can click the green button “Convert” to start the conversion process. But before it starts, you need to set a directory under “Save to” box. Finally, you can just click “Convert” button at the bottom to start the Blu-ray to digital video conversion process. Just wait in several minutes, and you will obtain a new video in MP4 format.
Part 4: Play All Region-locked Blu-ray Easily with Region-free Player
If you have enough expense, you can purchase a standalone Blu-ray player that can easily supports all kinds of Blu-ray discs. Check out the two region-free Blu-ray players we are recommending below. You should find no problems playing your Blu-ray discs with them.
No. 1 Sony BDP-S6500 Upgraded Multi-Region Zone Free Blu-Ray DVD Player
Being one of the inventors of Blu-ray, you can count on Sony to provide a high quality region-free Blu-ray player. The Sony BDP-S6500 has basically all the features you would want in a Blu-ray player. To start off, it’s region-free, it can play Blu-ray discs from Region A/B/C and DVD discs 012345678. It also has a future-proof feature: 2K/4K video up scaling for when you use a UHD TV. It supports playback of 3D Blu-ray discs and converting 2D movies to 3D to play on your 3D TV. It’s a pretty rounded region-free Blu-ray player.
No. 2 Samsung BD-H5900 Upgraded Wi-Fi Multi Region Zone Free Blu Ray DVD Player – PAL/NTSC 10
The Samsung BD-5900 is another high-end region-free Blu-ray player that packs all the latest features. It’s region-free for both Blu-rays and DVDs and it plays 3D Blu-ray discs. The most interesting feature of it is the support for Wi-Fi and the Samsung All Share content sharing technology that comes with it. It allows you to sync and stream media content to your other devices around the household wirelessly.
Last of all, I will provide another solution for the group who has obtained the Blu-ray players. Aside from the Blu-ray Players, you can also try to turn aside to obtain the Blu-ray viewing experience on your computer by preparing a professional Blu-ray player program, which is much easier and convenient and cheaper. Here, you should not miss Leawo Blu-ray Player.
As one of the most advanced and professional Blu-ray player software, Leawo Blu-ray Player is totally free for using, while at the same time, it can be able to provide the solutions for Blu-ray as well as 4K files with ease and accuracy. It can also easily decrypt the region code protections directly without affecting any quality of the original videos.
Related: How to Remove Cinavia Protection on Blu-ray Disc?
Cinavia protection is an advanced anti-piracy technology, which embeds anti-piracy information (that is, audio watermarks) into sound files for the purposes of generating inaudible sound information. Even after recording and using external recording, the anti-piracy generated by Cinavia still cannot be eliminated. It is widely used with Blu-ray Discs as well as DVD discs. At Leawo, we have come up with an ingenious method to eliminate this technology, through Leawo Blu-ray Cinavia Removal. Here is how you can use it to remove Cinavia protection on Blu-ray Discs.
Step 1: Download and launch the software
Cinavia removal is a part Leawo Prof. Media, therefore launch the Blu-ray Cinavia module on the main interface.
Step 2: Load the Blu-ray movie into the program
Click the “Add Blu-ray” option for the corresponding action. You can add the file directly from a Blu-ray folder, ISO or from your disc drive. Choose your option depending with where the movie is stored.
Step 3: Set the related parameters
Set the Disc type for the output content from the available options. You can choose the Full Movie and Main Movie copy modes, based on your requirements as well as the “Subtitle and Audio track” parameters accordingly.
When all the settings are confirmed, click the “Cinavia” button. Before the removal process begins, you need to confirm the “Copy to”, “Disc Label” and “Save to” options. Click the “Start” icon to start removing Cinavia protection from the Blu-ray movies.