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Ripping DVDs
Posted by James Todd (Import) on 21 July 2009 10:49 PM

Video Surgeon supports the ripping and playing of non-encrypted or protected DVDs.  Many commercial DVDs use region codes.  Once you click the Rip DVD button and browse the CD you will need to be aware of region codes.

DVD region codes is a DRM technique designed to allow motion picture studios to control aspects of a release, including content, release date, and, especially, price, according to the region. DVD video discs may be encoded with a region code restricting the area of the world in which they can be played. Discs without region coding are called all region or region 0 discs.

Here are the regions by country.  When you select the appropriate file to rip you should select that region that corresponds to the country you live in. If no regions is specified on your DVD you can ignore this issue.

Region codeArea
0 Informal term meaning "worldwide". Region 0 is not an official setting; discs that bear the region 0 symbol either have no flag set or have region 1–6 flags set.
1 Canada, United States; U.S. territories; Bermuda
2 Western Europe, incl. United Kingdom, and Central Europe; Western Asia; including Iran, Israel and Turkey, Egypt; Japan, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho; French overseas territories
3 Southeast Asia; South Korea; Taiwan; Hong Kong; Macau
4 Mexico, Central and South America; Caribbean; Australia; New Zealand; Oceania;
5 Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Continent of Africa, excluding Egypt, South Africa, Swaziland, and Lesotho; Central and South Asia, Mongolia, North Korea.
6 People's Republic of China
7 Reserved for future use (found in use on protected screener copies of MPAA-related DVDs and "media copies" of pre-releases in Asia)
8 International venues such as aircraft, cruise ships, etc.[1]
ALL Region ALL discs have all 8 flags set, allowing the disc to be played in any locale on any player.

Once you have found the appropriate region, you will browse the files in that region and select the .vob file.  Normally, this will be found in a "Video" subfolder.  More information on DVD Regions can be found here on Wikipedia.

If you are having a problem ripping DVDs we recommend that you watch the DVD ripping video here:  http://www.videosurgeon.net/training.php

If you have already watched this training video on how to rip DVDs, please submit a Help Desk ticket.

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