Summary: How to circumvent DVD region codes when your DVD player/Computer DVD-ROM saying “Error, Wrong Region”? Here shows you several ways to play region-encoded DVD on your DVD Player and computer.
Travel can't be more convenient than before. You might bring some local DVDs back to your country sometimes. But it is likely that your DVD player or computer DVD-ROM drive refused to play the DVDs from abroad and said “ERROR, WRONG REGION”. Why? And how to solve it?
Why does your DVD player or computer say “error, wrong region”?
Most commercial DVDs use encryption that keeps them locked to one or more "region codes," meaning the discs you pick up in other continents usually won't play on an American DVD player. If you believe the movie studios, this encryption is a necessary tool in the ongoing war against piracy. Basically, it helps them release the same movie in different parts of the world—at different times and for different prices. However, because pirates rarely resell legitimate copies of movies (they are pirates, after all), this system's primary effect is to prevent movie collectors and frequent travelers from enjoying legally purchased films once they get home.
Generally, DVDs are embedded with six major region codes, along with two additional regions reserved for other purposes. Below are the detailed geographical regions:
Region 1 (R1): U.S.A., U.S. Territories and Canada.
Region 2 (R2): Europe, Japan, the Middle East, Egypt, South Africa, Greenland.
Region 3 (R3): Taiwan, Korea, the Philippines, Indonesia, Hong Kong.
Region 4 (R4): Mexico, South and Central America, Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Caribbean
Region 5 (R5): Russia, Eastern Europe, India, Africa (excluding South Africa), North Korea, Mongolia
Region 6 (R6): China
How to Solve “error, wrong region” issuse on your computer drive and DVD Player?
Method 1: Multiregion DVD players: There are some multiregion DVD players out there. They are perfectly legal, but they tend to be pricey and rare. And if you are the jet-setting type who is likely to pick up foreign flicks in the first place, you probably want to watch them on the go using your laptop. That's why the most frustrating part of region codes is the way they affect laptop DVD players.
Method 2: Switch among region settings on computer: Although laptop DVD drives are technologically capable of playing any DVD, they typically force you to switch among region settings to play imported discs. Try switching this setting more than a fixed number of times (typically five over the entire life span of the computer), and the setting will be locked forever.
For example, if you switch from Region 1 (the United States and Canada) to Region 3 (parts of Asia) to watch a kung-fu flick you picked up on a trip to Hong Kong, you'll have to switch back to Region 1 before playing any movies you purchased at your local Best Buy. Watching that one Jet Li movie just burned up two of your five switches—and not even reinstalling your operating system will get you more. Fortunately, some clever programmers have created software solutions that circumvent disc regions entirely, turning your notebook into a portable multiregion DVD player.
Windows users have the most options, the best of which is probably Remote Selector—a free software utility that interacts with your DVD-playing program, allowing it to play DVDs from any region.
Things get trickier with Macs. I recommend downloading VLC, an open-source media player that sometimes circumvents region encoding. The DVD drives on different computers (including various Macs) come from diverse manufacturers, and VLC plays out-of-region discs on some, but not all of them. Unfortunately, there's no way to know if it will work on your system until you try. Fortunately, the program is free.
Of course, if this sounds complicated, and you don't want to deal with it (and really, why would you?), there are plenty of programs for both Macs and PCs that allow you to rip DVD movies onto your hard drive and make the movie region-free for your Windows Media Player and QuickTime media player.
Unlock DVD Regions for DVD player/Computer DVD-ROM
The best DVD ripping software I used before to unlock my region-encoded DVD for my PC and Mac is Pavtube DVDAid(Mac Version). It is an all-region DVD ripper that can rip and backup RCE DVDs, region 1 and region 2 DVDs, as well as region 3,4,5,6 DVDs. It has powerful functions:
- Region Codes revomal: It can remove Region-code enhanced (RCE) or other copy protection measures, like CSS, Sony ARccOS, Disney X-project DRM, and more
- DVD backup: Offer full disc copy and directly copy region 1 and 2 DVD.
- Rip DVD to wide range of formats: Able to rip and convert region 1 and 2 DVD to MP4, H.265, M3U8, MKV, AVI, MOV, FLV…with original video quality.
- Rip DVD to various devices: It also enables you to rip DVD of region 1,2,3,4,5,6 to Xbox One S, NAS, Galaxy Note 7, iTunes and so on.
Step1: Load region-locked DVD
Insert DVD disc to the DVD drive and then launch Pavtube DVDAid. Click “Load from disc” button to browse to disc drive and import DVD into this app. The program checks the title of main movie automatically, and you can simply choose language of audio and subtitles for output and check in preview window.
Step 2: Specify output file format.
You can backup unlock DVD disc in 3 different ways:
Full disc copy: On the top toolbar of the program, click the " key with pc"like icon to make a entire disc copy of the region locked DVD movies.
Main movie copy: Click the "Format" bar, from its drop-down options, scroll the main category on the left, select "Copy" > "Directly copy" to backup the region locked DVD disc into an intact VOB format or into the more common format.
Convert DVD to format: In "Common Video" or "HD Video", you can choose MP4, MKV, MOV, AVI, 3GP, etc format so that you can play DVD on WMP, QuickTime, MX Player, KMPlayer, VLC, etc and transfer the DVD backups to iPad Air 3, iPhone 7 portable devices for watching on the go.
Step 3: Copy DVD to region-free
Hit on the “Convert” icon and start to copy region code 1 and 2 DVD to region-free DVD movies. After a fast and complete conversion, you will find the ripped movie in output folder.
Note: DVDAid trial version will have watermark in the middle of output videos, if you want better video without watermark, you can buy the paid version: