DVD Region Code

A 'Region Code' is a way of ensuring that material intended for one region of the globe cannot be viewed on a player from a non-compatible region.

Region Countries
0 No Region Coding
1 United States of America, Canada
2 Europe, including France, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Arabia, Japan and South Africa
3 Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Borneo and Indonesia
4 Australia and New Zealand, Mexico, the Caribbean, and South America
5 India, Africa, Russia and former USSR countries
6 Peoples Republic of China
7 Unused
8 Airlines/Cruise Ships
9 Expansion (often used as region free)

Some DVD players have an internal switch setting that allows you to choose the country code. Others have this option hard coded.

There are many forums and websites containing information on how to convert your DVD player to multi-region (e.g. http://www.dvdanswers.com). Most manufacturers, however, will nullify the warranty if you alter the factory settings.

Backups of commercial DVDs

Making copies of commercial DVDs for resale is illegal. However, it may be legal to make backups of your own DVDs for personal use.

Most commercial DVDs utilize dual-layer discs, which can hold more than the 4.7 GB of a single DVD recordable disc. Both layers of dual-layer discs are readable by a DVD player’s laser from one side of the disc.

In order to backup a dual-layer disc, you must either compress the video data to fit on a single DVD (4.7GB), remove various portions of the disc (e.g. trailers), or alternatively split the disc onto two DVDs.

Software is available to perform these functions but you should make sure that software is configured properly to create discs for DVD Video. Otherwise it will not be recognized by standalone DVD players even if it plays on a computer).

DVD Region Code

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