6 Replies Latest reply: Feb 16, 2012 7:34 PM by Ziatron
Goldmarie58 Level 1 (0 points)

I brought some DVD's from Germany and watched them on my Mac Pro. After the DVD was involved in the drive I have to change the area code for the drive. I don't know why but I did it. I could watch the film. Today I like to watch a DVD from US but after the DVD was involved I got a message "the area code does'nt match the DVD code" and I can not change the area code.

What can I do to watch both arts of DVD's. Isn't that normal to have DVD's all over the world?


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 (19,450 points)

    Hi

     

    Area Code - is one thing - TV-System another.

     

    iDVD can only do - Region Zero = Plays everywhere.

     

    TV-System is in great NTSC (29.97 frames per sec) or PAL (25 fps) (SECAM - very rare - not my topic)

     

    NTSC - USA and Japan etc.

     

    PAL - mostly EU

     

    You can put a NTSC movie into a PAL iDVD Project - Result will be very BAD and Choppy/Jumpy. AND most often not needed as most PAL DVD-Players Play back NTSC.

     

    The other way around also "works" BUT here it is necessary as FEW NTSC DVD-Players playback PAL.

     

    To get this OK then instead

    • in iMovie - Export as full quality QuickTime .mov

    • Use - JES_Deinterlacer (free on internet) - to convert from 29.97fps to 25fps and

    • then use this new QT.mov in a 25fps (PAL) iDVD project

     

    Result very good and alternatyive pro. ways costs are astronomical and better result barely noticable.

     

    Yours Bengt W

  • Klaus1 Level 8 (47,775 points)

    Here is the bit that Bengt forgot to answer!

     

    DVD Player: About DVD-Video Regions

     

    Region encoding is the mechanism that enables motion picture studios to control the worldwide release of their movies. It is required by the DVD Forum (http://www.dvdforum.org/forum.shtml) 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.

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2397

     

    Once you have changed the region settingon your Mac five times it is set in stone for ever.

     

    Try using VLC for playback instead:

     

    http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 (19,450 points)

    You've got me !

     

    I read the title - and not full Q. Bad of me !

     

    Thank You for 100% info on this.

     

    Yours Bengt W

  • Klaus1 Level 8 (47,775 points)

    Du er velkommen Bengt!

  • Goldmarie58 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi, I thank you both for your help. Even I can't accept the 5 time five time changings. I travel between Germany and USA and everytime I bring a DVD I have the same problem?

    I would like to install this VLC Player. This might be the onliest way to handle it.

    Next time I search for the right community

     

    Goldmarie58

  • Ziatron Level 4 (3,830 points)

    Region encoding is the mechanism that enables motion picture studios to control the worldwide release of their movies. It is required by the DVD Forum

    All of my DVD players will play movies from any region, NTSC or PAL.

     

    There are many terrific movies sold by studios, that are not region 1.