Imagine a scenario, you rent or buy a Blu-ray disk and when you insert it to your player, a "region not allowed" message appears on the screen. Sounds very frustrating, doesn't it? Fortunately, you will be able to play that same disk when you know how to remove the Blu-ray region code. This is precisely what we are going to discuss in this article.
Blu-ray Region Code Explained
Region codes are a DRM (digital rights management) technique designed to allow rights holders to control the international distribution of a DVD/Blu-ray release, including its content, release date, and price, all according to the appropriate region. There are 3 distinct Blu-Ray region codes which are classified alphabetically as Region A, Region B, and Region C. Blu-ray discs which have been manufactured in region A are embedded with region code A, and are therefore only usable with players from region A. The same is applicable for regions B and C. Below is a map showing how Blu-ray region codes are separated and administered by geographic location.
Region Signed Countries
Region A: North America, Central America, South America, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Southeast Asia
Region B: Europe, Greenland, French territories, Middle East, Africa, Australia, and New Zealand
Region C: Pakistan, India, China, Russia, Central, and South Asia
Now that you know how the region codes function, let us come to the more important part of the article, how to remove Blu-ray region code and play Blu-ray across the region without restrictions.
How to Remove Blu-ray Region Code
We already know the Blu-ray region codes. If you encounter a region code problem, except for buying a multi-regional player, you will have another way that is safe, reliable, easy and cost-effective: just got a special program to assist you in removing Blu-ray region code, and you can play the Blu-ray movie with No Region Code on almost any devices.
For your great convenience, here we would like to recommend you a comprehensive program called VideoSolo Blu-ray Ripper, which can remove region code from both Blu-ray and DVD disc, via converting DVD/Blu-ray to MKV, MP4, MOV, M4V, MP3, FLAC,etc. By ripping Blu-ray to digital formats, we can also protect valuable Blu-ray discs from scratch or damage.
Note: The Windows version of VideoSolo BD-DVD Ripper released a new version which has big changes compared with the old version. But the new version for Mac is still under the development. That means the interface and the operation of Windows and Mac will be different.
To know the details about the new version, you can read on the article: A New Version for BD-DVD Ripper (Windows) Released! See What Changes
Step 1. Load Blu-ray Disc Movies
Before loading Blu-ray content, make sure you have an external BD drive and your computer can read it. Run VideoSolo Blu-ray Ripper on your computer, on the main interface, click "Load Blu-ray" to load Blu-ray disc from the optical drive. After loading the Blu-ray, this program will automatically detect the main movie for you.
Step 2. Specify Output File Format
In this part, you can select a compatible format, e.g. MP4, since it is compatible with almost any devices and media players. Basically, the "Rip All to > MP4" is just all right. Or you can choose a suitable video format from catalogs depends on your device.
Tip: If you think the video parameters are not suitable for your devices, you can click "Settings" to change the video resolution, bitrate, frame rate, etc.
Step 3. Edit Blu-ray Video Files (Optional)
a. Clip Video
Choose a Blu-ray video and click "cut" icon, here you can get different segments of the video by setting the starting time and ending time.
b. Edit Video
On the main interface, click "Edit" icon and enter the editing section where you can crop, rotate, add 3D to the Blu-ray video, and adjust other effects like brightness, contrast, saturation and hue of the video.
Step 4. Start to Remove Blu-ray Region Code
When all the settings are OK, click "Rip All" button to remove Blu-ray region code (bypass region code is automatically when you start converting). When the conversion is over, you can click "Open output folder" to pop up the output directory with the ripped no region code Blu-ray file. Feel free to play them on any devices.
There's more than one way to remove Blu-ray region code. VideoSolo Blu-ray Ripper is considered to be among the best for the following reasons. First of all, except for region codes, it continues developing to support new protections for Blu-ray. Secondly, it supports abundant outputs not only including mainstream video/audio formats but fashionable devices. Thirdly, it enables users to edit Blu-ray videos and adjust parameters. Last but not least, it delivers high performance with fast ripping speed and high quality of output digital copy of Blu-ray.