region code in cdrecord

Chuck Robey chuckr at
Tue May 3 08:41:16 PDT 2005

Andrew Sparrow wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 25, 2005 at 12:49:48PM +0100, Steve O'Hara-Smith wrote:
>>On Sat, 23 Apr 2005 21:46:03 +0000
>>Chuck Robey <chuckr at> wrote:
>>>  Now, I want to go for broke, and try for the one I've been after for 
>>>years, which is converting a region==2 dvd to a region==1 dvd
>>	AFAIK you can't region code a writeable DVD or CSS encode it.
> The RPC-1 region code is a bit-wise char field @ position 0x23 in
> the VIDEO_TS.IFO file.
> Bits are cleared if enabled, 0 means "all regions" and such a disk
> should play on any player that can deal with the video encoding
> and/or the audio format of the MPEG-TS.
> (Which won't get you very far if your NTSC TV can't display SECAM
> or PAL).

Funny thing, my own TV actually can display NTSC, PAL, and SECAM just 
fine.  Which makes it a good test platform for me.  The one this is for 
is a very close personal freind (and friend of the family type 
relationship, really).  He's not as technical as me, far ,far more 
stubborn, and I promised him I would take his dvd, and return him 
something he could view.  I've been unable to use the info (which I've 
since finally been able to independently confirm) to make a viewable 
dvd.  I used bitedit to change hte bits on the .IFO files, but the 
resulting dvd won't play on my dvd player, it actually tells me ERROR. 
In big irritating letters.  The fact of it being PAL coding is what 
finally made me decide to rip it.  I got a good rip, I think, from 
dvdip.  Acidrip, I must be doing *something* wrong, because it won't get 
past the first chapter.

I haven't been able to writ the resulting rip successfully to a cd, and 
get that to play on my dvd player.  I have to investigate more, about 
the formats it accepts.

> Cheers,
> AS
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