Region Question (PAL vs. NTSC

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  1. Qui-Gon John

    Qui-Gon John Producer

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    I have a copy of Robin Hood:Men in Tights I bought online. It is R2 and PAL.

    DISCLAIMER: The following question is about making a backup for my own private use only. If this is not allowed, I apologize in advance. If any moderator sees this and thinks it's outside of HTF guidelines, please just delete this thread and send me a PM. Then I won't ask again. Thanks. [​IMG]

    Anyway, does anyone know any software I could use to make a backup copy of this, that would be NTSC? I really don't intend to get into the multi-region market, so getting a player capable of playing another region and PAL, for just this one title, is really not worth it.

    If I can't find a way to do this, I'll just wind up waiting to buy a R1 release, I'm sure one will happen eventually. It's just I've been sitting on this disc for a couple years now, not able to watch it.

    Thanks to all who can help!
     
  2. Will_B

    Will_B Producer

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    Just a note: You can pop it into your computer and watch it - computer's don't care if the encoding is PAL or NTSC.
     
  3. Christian Behrens

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    Yeah, a computer is really the only way for you to watch it, outside of a multi-region player.

    There is no way to create a simple backup and make it NTSC. That would require expensive hardware or software to re-encode the movie. At that point it would be much easier, let alone cheaper, to get a multi-region, multi-system DVD player.

    -Christian

    PS: You're computer will notice it's a region 2 disc and ask to change the setting of the DVD drive to region 2. You will have to do this; you can change it back to region 1 afterwards. But you can only change the region on the drive a total of 5 times, then it's stuck on the region you set it to last.
     
  4. Ian_H

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    Get the freeware driver 'DVD43' it runs in the background and lets most media players play any region discs with out having to change the settings in your DVD-Rom. 'AnyDVD' works better but costs money.

    --Ian
     
  5. Jeff Jacobson

    Jeff Jacobson Cinematographer

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    FYI, multiregion players can be had for around $20-$30. I have a Cyberhome CH-DVD 300 which cost around $25, and works pretty well.
     

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