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    Sep 27, 2008
    Moved to a mac but have dvd issues
    Hi there,

    Still loving my mbp

    However I have run into a little issue. The work I do means I need access to dvd playback and capture software and also a region free player. This is total legal and we own all the dvds I would be using to get screen captures from.

    On my old pc I used anydvd and Powerdvd with great success but have run into the problem that you cannot have a region free setup on the macs dvd drive.

    Whats the best way for me to sort this out? I could get an external drive that would require a flash to make it region free but what is the best software to get movie stills like powerdvd?

    ANy thoughts on this would be great.

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    Member Since
    Dec 20, 2006
    Lake Mary, Florida
    15" MBP, Core i7/2GHz, 8GB RAM, 480GB Crucial M500 SSD
    Apple's DVD Player does have some protection mechanisms to limit screen capturing. The physical DVD drive (and most DVD drives) are where the region limits are imposed (you may only switch regions a certain number of times).

    For screen capturing, I'd recommend using VLC Media Player. Not sure how to direct you on the optical drive firmware issue.
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    hughvane's Avatar
    Member Since
    May 18, 2008
    Banks Peninsula, New Zealand
    MacMini 2.4, 8 Gb, OS 10.10 and 10.6; MacBook 2.4, 4 Gb, OS 10.6.8
    For movies in .mov, .mpg, .avi format, Quicktime Pro enables capture and editing. Otherwise, as cwa says, VLC.

    There's a lot of debate about firmware to disable region limitations, but much of what I've read is Windows-related. It seems to me that Sony deals with it more than other manufacturers. My preference is for Pioneer drives and I've not read much about a 'flash' for that brand.

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