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How to Change DVD Region Code on A MacBook Pro


MacBook Pro laptops come with Apple’s DVD Player application already installed. This app is convenient when you are on the go and need to watch a DVD. One potential problem you could encounter is that movie distributors require all hardware DVD players to use region encoding, which limits the device to playing DVDs only from a specific geographic region, MacBook Pro and Mac computer included.

Region encoding is the mechanism that enables movie studios to control the worldwide release of their movies. It's required by the DVD Forum in all commercial hardware DVD players. Every DVD-Video disc contains one byte of data representing a region code, which limits where the disc can be played. Region codes correspond to the following areas of the globe.

1: Canada, United States, and U.S. territories
2: Japan, Middle East, South Africa, Western Europe
3: East Asia, Southeast Asia
4: Australia, Caribbean islands, Central America, Mexico, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, South America
5: Africa, Eastern Europe, India, Mongolia, North Korea
6: China
7: Reserved
8: Special international venues, such as airplanes and cruise ships

For example, if your drive is set to Region 1, which includes Canada, the United States and U.S. territories, you cannot watch a DVD from another region such as Europe or Japan until you change the code.

How is the region code set on MacBook Pro and how to change?

1. The first time you insert a DVD-Video disk into your MacBook Pro DVD drive, a dialog box will open, prompting you to select a region for your DVD drive.

2. Consult the DVD package to verify which region code to use. For example, Japan, the Middle East, South Africa and Western Europe use Region 2, while China uses Region 6.

3. Click the “Change Drive Region to” drop-down menu, and then click the region code.


Note: If you later insert a DVD disc that uses a different region, you're asked again to set the region.

4. Click “Set Drive Region.”

5. Click on the "Lock" icon to save your settings.

Remove DVD region code for playing on MacBook Pro and other Mac computer

You can change the region setting up to five times. The fifth time you change the region, the drive is permanently set to play DVDs only for that region.

If you have change the region setting for five times, and then how to play the region locked DVD-Video disc on your MacBook Pro? Removing DVD region code using a third-party tool is your best choice. Here Brorsoft DVD Ripper for Mac should take into your consideration, it not only can remove the DVD region code automatically, but also enables you to rip any DVD to MacBook Pro and Mac computer compatible digital file, such as MP4, MOV and M4V format.

Please feel free to download Brorsoft DVD Ripper for Mac trail version (compatible with macOS Sierra, turn to best DVD Ripper for macOS Sierrareview) and follow the simple guide to remove DVD region code for MacBook Pro and other Mac computer, the watermark is the only limitation between the trail version and full version.

1. Load DVD-Video disc

Run the DVD Ripper for Mac, then click the disc like button to load your DVD disc. The DVD titles and chapters will be listed on the program within a few seconds.


Tip: If you need to rip Blu-ray/DVD with wanted subtitles and audio track, you can click the drop down menu after "Subtitles" and "Audio" to select your desired tracks. What’s more, it also offers an option called Forced subtitles, which enables you to see subtitles only when actors are speaking a different language.


2. Choose output format

Select an compatible format, e.g. H.264 .mp4, since it is compatible with almost any devices and media players.

Basically the "Common Video -> H.264 Video (*.mp4)" is just all right.


Tip: If you want to customize output video quality, click "Settings" button to customize video quality like resolution, frame rate, bit rate, audio channel, etc.

3. Start to remove region code

When all the settings are OK, click "Convert" button to remove DVD region code automaticlly (no extra steps or options you need do, bypass region code is automaticlly when you start converting).

You can view the conversion progress and are able to cancel the converting process at anytime..

When the conversion is over, click "open" to locate the ripped video files without region code.

Then you can watch ripped DVD-Video on your MacBook Pro or other Mac computer with the default Quick-Time Player.

Learn more

Discs with the region byte set to all zeros (sometimes called Region 0) can be played in any part of the world. Region 0 DVDs such as those created by iDVD, don't have a geographical boundary. However, your DVD player and television must be compatible with the video standard used to record the movie on the disc. You should be able to play any Region 0 DVDs with the DVD Player app.

DVD players are generally limited to playing discs of only one region—usually the region where the DVD player was purchased. For example, DVD players purchased in Canada usually play only Region 1 DVD-Video discs.

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