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Greetings all,

I tend to spend a fair amount of time traveling internationally. As such, I have amassed a tidy collection of DVDs from Europe, Russia, China, and the US.

Do you foresee any problems playing these DVDs on a Mac?

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I'm pretty sure you can play those using VLC Player.
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Depends on your DVD drive. If it's a Mat****a, you're basically screwed. There are third party firmware editions for most other drives though, so you should be able to get around the region encoding if you have one of those.

VLC won't do with Mat****a drives, I've tried The drive won't read the disc at all. Shot my plan of using a Mac Mini as a media center to heck - if I can't rip or watch non-European films on it, it's useless.
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How do you know what drive you'll get? I plan to get a MacBook Pro. Are Mat****a drives standard in that model?
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I think so. But I have no way of knowing for sure.. Someone with a MacBookPro should know though - but I suspect it will be, since it's slot-loading, as is my optical drive.
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Perhaps, when the time comes to buy, I'll give Apple a call. Maybe they have a program that can accomodate me... After all, I can't possibly be the only multi-national customer they have...
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They won't have any program to accomodate you - all DVD drives must have region encoding, or the manufacturer won't be licenced to produce them. So, all region free drives are hacks implemented by a third party.

What you can do is change the region encoding on the drive, but you can only do this 5 times. I'm guessing you can rip your media once you have the right encoding on, but this kinda bars you from buying foreign stuff again. Sucks, I know. Apple should use drives that are easier to hack
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You can use MacTheRipper to convert your DVDs for use on region-coded players, including the Matsusheeta drives used in Macs.

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But he won't be able to rip them on the computer with Mat****a drive. These drives won't let you read the DVD if it's another region code, so it's of little use to have a program that rip it.
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It only blocks the dvd if you open up Dvdplayer...
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Couldn't open them in VLC either. I'll try later with MacTheRipper, but I don't think it'll be a success.
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