How to Unlock DVD/Blu-ray Regions on Mac/Windows

Diana Joan

May 13, 2016 09:00 am / Posted by Diana Joan

You may have such a demand -a region-free Blu-ray player software that can be used to watch Blu-ray and DVD movies from other regions and countries.

It's widely known that most commercial Blu-ray discs and DVDs use encryption that keep them locked to one or more region codes, while Blu-ray player or drive packed on computer is designed to be region-specific to prevent playing Blu-ray and DVD from other regions.

Region code map for DVD

For example, if you are the one interested in watching Blu-ray discs and DVDs from around the world, the DVD you bought in the US, but you want to play it in The Netherlands. Weather you bought it for yourself or as a gift? ...

The disc you bought at is likely a region 1 DVD/Blu-ray (US is Region 1) and your player is most likely region 2 (The Netherlands is Region 2, parts of Asia is Region 3), chances are pretty high that you cannot even play the DVD or Blu-Ray disc.

Why? The movie industry does not allow it, and I honestly cannot give you ANY good reason why ...

Since we see the same issue with video console games (XBox, PS3/PS4, Wii) my best guess is, that it has to do with the video format (or better: TV System Format) - but that would be a noble thing to do and I don't exactly see the Movie Industry to do anything noble that does not involve emptying your wallet.

There is a nuclear option of sorts. You can try installing third-party application on your Mac/Windows that disables its region locking. Pavtube BDMagic for Windows(best Blu-ray Rippers Review)/Mac is high recommended here, it can do you a great favor to remove all region code from both Blu-ray and DVD disc so that you will have no limitation to watch Blu-ray/DVD disc from anywhere you have bought. As for output file formats, you can output a region free disc with all the original file structure of the original Blu-ray/DVD disc or save as an intact M2TS/VOB movie without any extras for direct playback with your Blu-ray or DVD disc player or converted into the more common format such as *.mp4, *.mkv for your portable devices

In addition, if the foreign language Blu-ray/DVD movie do not contain any language that you understand, you download a external SRT/ASS/SSA subtitle file subtitle file in your first language of the Blu-ray/DVD movie from a safe and reliable subtitle download site (such as and add subtitles to Blu-ray/DVD movies.

You can use it to do some simple editing works, such as allowing you to instantly trim or crop your Blu-ray/DVD according to your requirement

There are more useful features for you to explore.

Tutorial: Unlock DVD/Blu-ray Regions on Windows

Download, install and run the Pavtube BDMagic for Windows. Mac Version has the same steps besides the tiny differences in interface.

Step 1: Load DVD/Blu-ray disc into the program.

Insert your DVD/Blu-ray disc into your computer's optical drive, click "File" > "Load from disc" to load region locked DVD/Blu-ray disc to the application.

load Blu-ray or DVD disc

Step 2: Specify output file format.

You can backup region free Blu-ray or DVD disc in 2 different ways:

Full disc copy: On the top toolbar of the program, click the " key with pc"like icon to make a entire disc copy of the region locked DVD/Blu-ray movies.

Main movie copy: Click the "Format" bar, from its drop-down options, scroll the main category on the left, select "Copy" > "Directly copy" to backup the region locked Blu-ray and DVD disc into an intact M2TS or VOB format or into the more common format.

main movie copy of Blu-ray/DVD

Step 3: Start region locked Blu-ray/DVD conversion process.

Go back to the main interface and hit right-bottom convert button to unlock region code from Blu-ray & DVD disc.

When the conversion is done, click the "Open Output Folder" icon on the main interface to pop out the folder with the converted files.

Then you can play or watch the converted movies on your Mac/PC directly or transfer to your game console or portable devices for free entertainment.

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