March 09, 2005
Home-burned DVDs - region coded?

David Schuilenburg got in touch with me last night with a very interesting question: If burning home videos on to DVD, which region will those be coded for (and if they are region coded, where is that coding determined: Burner or software or both?). His whole query below; feel free to comment with any input you may have:

I am considering purchasing Nero 6 Ultra Editor to burn home movies from my Sony HC42 MiniDV camera, however I face one obstacle. I need to be able to burn in both Region 0 & Region 2 DVD formats so as my Mother in Holland can view the DVD on her player over there. However, I am new to all of this & unclear whether this limitation is addressed in the burners themselves, or the software I will be purchasing along with such in the coming week. In other words, in order to acheive my goal, do I have to assure that the burner can burn in region 2 format, or the software, or both? Any direction on this subject & how Nero deals with it would be greatly appreciated.

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Good to see there are several of us "Jacobsens" blogging the world from Norway. ;)

To address the issue; I know that on my Apple powerbook the limitation is not present in the hardware. That is; With the proper software I can burn my DVD's to the region of my choosing. I would believe that this is also the case on Wintel boxes, though I can't say for sure as Microsoft traditionally is more fond of DRMs than Apple.


Posted by: Martin Jacobsen on March 9, 2005 04:44 PM

In my opinion if he can burn r0 dvds, those should work on all players, no matter what the region code is set to on that hardware - or have I misunderstood this?

Thinking about this from a technological point of view - if there was something somebody would like to distribute on a dvd worldwide, r0 would be the choice - unless it has been restricted, which would mean the technology does not work the way it is supposed to.

Posted by: Antti on March 15, 2005 11:06 AM

Agreed! That would defeat the purpose. :-p

In any event, I received the following email from Nero, which just supports Antti's comment.

Now all I have left to do is find a software program &/or the hardware that will allow me to burn DVD's in region 0 coding, but in PAL format (as opposed to the NSTC format we use in North America). Any suggestions? I'm all ears! :-p

Dear Potential Customer;

Thank you for your email and your interest in our software. In general Nero uses the region code 0, that is compatible with most DVD players all over the world. There are some brand new DVD players that can not play region 0 DVD´s but most palyers will do it. Should you have any other request, please don't hesitate to contact us again.

Best regards
Nero Support

Posted by: Dave Schuilenburg on March 17, 2005 07:47 AM

As far as I know there are two possibilities when it comes to making DVD's that can be played all over the world.

One is a no-region setting, the other is region 0. Some players do not like the no-region setting, so I think region 0 would be the better choice.

But this is something that has to be set in software. And I do not know any cheap software that allow you to set the region. The region setting has nothing to do with hardware. It is something the software encodes into the DVD. So Apples pro DVD software should be ok to use, and Sonic Solution Reel DVD should also be ok.

Happy burning!

Posted by: Svein Wisnaes on March 26, 2005 02:36 PM

why dont you just make a dvd and post it to her?

Posted by: tracie bartleman on March 30, 2005 09:51 AM


The reason for the post is because in the Netherlands (or Holland as many people call it) their DVD players are set to region 2, where as in North America we are set to region 1 ( . Further, in North America, we use the NTSC video format, where as in Europe they use the PAL video format.

As such, I have 2 barriers I have to overcome before I can simply send a disc in the mail. Per what everyone here as indicated, the region work around seems quite easy (ie: burn the dvd's in region 0 format) as it seems most players, no matter where in the world they are located, will at least recognize region 0.

However, the NTSC/PAL barrier still remains, especially if I need to burn a PAL dvd in a market that sell mostly NTSC software, hardware & video equipment (and vice versa if my Mother in Holland wants to send me something). So that now is the question I am asking, which software app do folks recommend I use on my Windows PC that will allow me to burn in Region 0 & PAL formats at the same time. :-p

Posted by: Dave Schuilenburg on March 30, 2005 05:15 PM

can anyone help I'm a newbie to all this I just want to copy files from computer on to dvd using nero and be able to play them on my dvd player-PANASONIC DVD-RV62 when i try to play it won't read disc and gives no disc message????!!!!!

Posted by: Gary Attridge on April 8, 2005 03:03 PM

i need your assistance in getting my p241 to region free. is there a method that you could inform me about?

Posted by: Narcotic on April 14, 2005 05:25 AM

I just ordered 15 DVD's from Holland for my daugther. Sesam Straat I was able to play, but none of the others will play. The player simply ejects it. It is in AL format (region 2?). My pioneer plays somehow the other Dutch DVD. Any suggestions anyone on how I can play, or purchase a DVD player that will play in the 2 code for Netherlands, or PAL europe. I would also be interested in a software program for my home computer if that would work. I do not have a Mac. I am very new to all of this.

Posted by: Anita on April 20, 2005 09:47 PM

Toast Titanium has an option to choose NSTC or PAL for your video format

Posted by: Ross on May 19, 2005 03:58 AM

We are getting some confusing information. We are trying to produce our own DVD of a theater group. We were going to make it region zero so it will play in all countries. But the guy making the DVD said we still have to pay for PAL formatting and simply making the DVD region zero, doesn't mean it will work in the UK.

So my question was, well then if we have to make it PAL shouldn't we make it region 1? What's the difference.

Is he right that there is no way to make a DVD that plays all countries that somehow we have to pay to have it play in the UK.


Posted by: Matthew Croke on May 24, 2005 01:33 AM

what about programs like DVD-region free - shouldn't that allow you to burn in any region code?

Posted by: flexi on May 28, 2005 06:38 PM

Region codes aren't the only thing that will affect a dvd players ability to play a burned movie. There are quite a few different reasons... Region Coding to a specific region will further limit the playability. However you also have the NTSC and PAL formats to contend with. If the player does not contain "Converters" for both formats there will be no way it will play everywhere. Furthermore don't forget that a +R Disc and a -R disc will react differently. I've also experienced different namebrand discs will also react differently depending on the player. Personally I only buy good quality discs, I always check burner compatibility, and never region code my discs. If you are in the UK though, why would you want to make it a region 1 disc? Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't the UK Region 2?

Some software methods of region coding you can use is a personal favorite of mine....Gear DVD. This will allow you to burn and protect discs so they can't be copied as well if that is something your interested in. Gear works well, unfortunately it's also quite picky. Once you start a burn, don't use your system for anything or you'll have a coaster!


Posted by: Matt on May 29, 2005 07:31 AM

Hi. My question is the similar to David Schuilenburg's - but when using a DVD Recorder (in The UK) rather than a PC/MAC. Presumably, DVD recorders in the UK will default to PAL format. But what about Region? Will they produce recordings for only Region 2, or for Region 0 or no region at all? Any help would be appreciated, thanks.

Posted by: David Ward on July 27, 2005 02:03 AM

There claims from Roxio's Titanium Toast 7 and Slysoft's Any DVD that Region codes and formats PAL/NTSC Systems can be changed with their software to give you the ability to play a burned movie. There still comes to question your DVD accepted by which player. The DVD-R and a +R Disc recognized differently. I have not used either software. However if you plug away at asking businesses that do video editing for a living they can give you a better insight.

Posted by: crash on September 9, 2005 10:22 AM

I have purchased a dvd in Britian(Region 2). I have been able to download it and watch it on my computer, This is great. But, I would like to be able to make a copy that I can use in Norht America. Either Region 0 or Region 1 will be fine. Any suggestions?

Posted by: Mike on October 8, 2005 02:25 PM

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Posted by: Drew on January 22, 2006 03:22 AM

Hi, I would like help with burning a Norwegian DVD (zone 6)(PAL) to the American (zone 0)(NTCP). How do I do that, what do I need?

Thank you if any one has any input.

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