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  1. #31
    Where did you find it?
    Quote Originally Posted by MacInWin View Post
    What "hidden" DVD app are you talking about?

    EDIT: Never mind, I found it. Well hidden!
    I have a brand new iMac 27 with Catalina. Where is this hidden DVD player and I can't get my iMac to recognize my external DVD/RW.

    Any suggestions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeffers221 View Post
    I have a brand new iMac 27 with Catalina. Where is this hidden DVD player and I can't get my iMac to recognize my external DVD/RW.

    Any suggestions?
    Strictly speaking, you don’t need to in the sense that as soon as you insert a DVD, the DVD player automatically kicks in.

    But if you’re interested, see post #10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeffers221 View Post
    I have a brand new iMac 27 with Catalina. Where is this hidden DVD player and I can't get my iMac to recognize my external DVD/RW.

    Any suggestions?
    Technically, the OS doesn't recognize the hardware, it recognizes a disk IN the hardware. So the device won't show anywhere unless there is a disk in it.
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  4. #34
    I have an iMac 27 (2019 version with Catalina) and although I find the DVD player, I'm not finding my external DVD/RW so I can burn DVDs. It is plugged in through USB port, but the iMac is not recognizing it. I need to do more that just watch DVDs.

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    The OS doesn't recognize the drive until there is a disc in the drive. Have you put a blank in the drive to see if the OS sees the disc?
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    Look in Finder > Preferences, and make sure it is set up to display those items on the Desktop or the Sidebar, for your convenience.
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  7. #37
    Thanks Jake that did work. However, the DVD player is only playing certain DVDs, all of them commerically bought

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeffers221 View Post
    Thanks Jake that did work. However, the DVD player is only playing certain DVDs, all of them commerically bought
    Defective DVD's or regional DVD controls come to mind.

    For the ones that do not play - does the DVD show up on the desktop?

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    Defective DVD's or regional DVD controls come to mind.

    The latter is a good possibility, but do the nonworking DVDs give any indication of what country or area they are eligible to be used him or something??? Like tiny small legal print that one can only read after they have made the purchase of the DVD!!!


    Plus, what make and model is the external DVD/RW and is it Mac compatible for burning and what Apps have been tried so it can burn DVDs??? Plus the added need of Catalina compatibility, which is bound to mess up any such compatibility until such drivers are made available. After all Apple doesn't seem to think that optical drives are of any use for most users, hence they just removed the drives and most supporting software many years ago.

    Anyway, it will be very interesting to find out what the possible solution is for the OP's question.

    EDIT: Maybe checkout some of the hits with a google search on 'mac burning DVD in external drive in Catalina':
    mac burning DVD in external drive in Catalina - Google Search

    Some possibilities:
    Burn ISO to DVD in macos 10.15 Catalina - Apple Community

    How to Find and Open DVD Player in macOS Catalina



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    The built in DVD player that's available in Mojave and Catalina will only play commercial DVDs recorded and marked as Region 1. Unless his commercial DVDs were purchased outside of the US or Canada, they would be set to Region 1.

    There used to be a Region Free player available in Windows years ago which would play a DVD from anywhere in the world. I'm not sure if anything like that even exists for the Mac.

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    VLC may play the DVD's. Although I haven't tried recently?

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    I used to play European region DVDs using VLC, but maybe that function was taked out of later versions.
    I vaguely remember something like that going back years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    The built in DVD player that's available in Mojave and Catalina will only play commercial DVDs recorded and marked as Region 1. Unless his commercial DVDs were purchased outside of the US or Canada, they would be set to Region 1.....

    Does the installation of macOS in various countries provide a separate DVD Reader for those regions???

    And how does one tell or know what Regions they are able to be played in???

    It seems that the producing companies still get all the profits while the consumer gets screwed once again...


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    I thought the region was somehow embedded in firmware in the drive mechanism. As I recall, you were allowed to make limited changes of regions, I think it was four times, at which time the firmware no longer accepted updates. Somehow it was embedded in the DRM of the video? Here is an article from Wikipedia: DVD region code - Wikipedia. BTW, the article says five changes is the limit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacInWin View Post
    BTW, the article says five changes is the limit.
    Yes...and that is the problem.
    Pretty ridiculous in our "Global Village" to even have DVD regions.
    I remember I changed the region a few times to play European DVDs I had brought back, and then on the third switch I wondered what to do after change number 5 and that's where I found that VLC would play any region DVD.

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