How to play a Japanese DVD in the USA?

There are a lof of DVDs in the Japan, whichi are so popular among the people other contries like America. Maybe you got some Japanese DVDs and want to play them in the USA. You may encounter the following problems:


Q 1: “My friend has Japanese friends who buy DVDs in Japan and send these to her as gifts. She can't play them on her DVD player. She asked me what to do about it.
I thought that Japan had the PAL system but Wikipedia says Japan is NTSC.
Is it the region code that prevents Japanese DVDs from playing? Or something else?
If region is the problem, what is the best way to convert (or copy) these disks so that they will play?”


Q 2: “hi, i m having an US made dvd player. my friend from japan is sending a dvd.
i have read somewhere that u cannot play dvd from say from japan on a dvd player say for example from USA due to some region code or region restriction something like that. can u pls clear it up if i can play it or not. Also, can it played on computers dvd rw?”


Why we can’t play a Japanese DVD in the USA? Because Japan and USA have different DVD region codes in DVD. You can take a reference the following DVD region codes:


DVD region codes in every countries

Region 1: USA, Canada

Region 2: Japan, Europe, South Africa, Middle East, Greenland

Region 3: S. Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and parts of Southeast Asia

Region 4: Australia, New Zealand, Latin America

Region 5: Eastern Europe, Russia, India, Africa

Region 6: China

Region 7: Reserved for Unspecified Special Use

Region 8: Reserved for cruise ships, airplane and the like

Region all: Uncoded discs that will work anywhere


How to Play a Japanese DVD in the USA? - Best Solution


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How to Rip a Japanese DVD for playing in the USA?

Step 1: Load DVD


Insert your DVD disc into your computer DVD drive, then launch the program, from "File" menu drop-down list, select "Load from disc" to import source DVD disc movies to the program. Pavtube BDMagic is also an excellent Blu-ray Ripper so you also can load Blu-ray disc to convert to any formats.


Step 2: Choose output file format


Click "Format" bar, from its drop-down list, select the popular format like MP4. You can choose MP4 format by following "HD Video" > "H.264 HD Video(*.mp4)" or "Common Video" > "H.264 MP4 Video (*.mp4)" and others accorrding to your needs.


Step 3: Start Conversion


After finishing all the settings, go back to the main interface, press the right-bottom "Convert" button to start to copy or backup Japanese DVD  to your desired digital file format conversion process.

When the conversion is completed, click "Open output folder", a window will pop out with all your converted files. You will then be able to play the DVD movies on any devices in the USA at any time as you like.