Recently, I was invited to answer the question “How do I remove Blu-ray region code from a Blu-ray disc?” on Quora. Similar to DVDs, Blu-ray disc also has region coding but there are just three regions for Blu-ray. However, as for the question, to be honest, it is NOT possible to do to so since the Blu-ray disc is read-only.
But, I do think there are workarounds to somehow remove Blu-ray region code from a protected Blu-ray disc and I already had an answer on Quora. Here, in the post, I’d like to expand the topic and offer more possible ways to enjoy region-free Blu-ray on PC and Mac.
- 1 Workaround 1: Make a Backup
- 2 Workaround 2: Rip Blu-ray to MP4 MKV for Playback on Any Media Player
- 3 Workaround 3: Play Blu-ray with Region Free Blu-ray Player
Workaround 1: Make a Backup
When I say make a backup, I mean copy Blu-ray to another Blu-ray disc or save as ISO file or folder on the hard drive. When copying, the Blu-ray region code will be removed and the copy is region-free for any Blu-ray player or media players. And there two programs that I’d like to recommend for you to backup Blu-ray to remove Blu-ray region code.
In one of my previous post, I have recommended DVDFab for merging DVDs as it is super powerful to merge DVD disc and DVD titles with DVD region removed. When it comes to Blu-ray, DVDFab Blu-ray Copy is also able to make a region-free Blu-ray copy.
With DVDFab, you are able to make a 1:1 Blu-ray backup to another Blu-ray disc and you can also merge or compress Blu-ray disc. And to ensure you remove Blu-ray region code, go for Common Settings here and make sure Remove RC is checked in Blu-ray–Blu-ray Protection.
To copy a Blu-ray to another Blu-ray, make sure the Blu-ray drive is selected as the output. To make an ISO of region-code removed Blu-ray, save as ISO here:
Leawo Blu-ray Copy is a function module of Leawo Prof. Media, Leawo’s all-in-one solution for Bluray DVD and videos. Unlike DVDFab, there is no option in Leawo to remove Blu-ray region code, but no worry, it automatically does so! You are able to remove Blu-ray region code to a new Blu-ray disc, an ISO file or a Blu-ray folder with Leawo.
And it is super easy for Leawo Blu-ray Copy to make a backup with Blu-ray region removed with just four mouse clicks. Go Copy tab and load Blu-ray via Add from Blu-ray/DVD, confirm the Blu-ray region, choose Full or Main Movie mode and hit Copy to do so.
Workaround 2: Rip Blu-ray to MP4 MKV for Playback on Any Media Player
With workaround 2, there are more choices for you to rip Blu-ray to MP4, MKV, AVI etc for playback on any media players like VLC, IINA, Plex, etc as those videos are no longer protected by the Blu-ray region code. And, there are my choices:
MakeMKV is free while in beta, removing the Blu-ray region code, and saving your Blu-ray directly to MKV without re-encoding. Super fast!
You are able to get a free beta key here every two months, and if you find MakeMKV is your very solution for removing Blu-ray region code for you. You can support it here:
I actually recommend it prior to MakeMKV and others because its passthrough profiles to save Blu-ray to MKV or MP4 without re-encoding. This way, it is super fast to remove the Blu-ray region protection as well as other protections and the video and audio quality is 1:1. The passthrough profiles are available here:
Like Leawo Blu-ray Copy, its Blu-ray Ripper is also a functional module of Leawo Prof. Media. It removes the Blu-ray copy protections including the region code and saves the Blu-ray movie to MP4, AVI, MKV, MOV, etc for playback on any media players. Besides, it also supports DVDs.
I believe it is the true 3D Blu-ray ripper because it recognizes the 3D movie and is able to remove 3D Blu-ray region code and save the 3D Bluray as a true 3D MP4 or 3D MKV file.
Workaround 3: Play Blu-ray with Region Free Blu-ray Player
Actually, if you don’t want to speed time to rip or backup Blu-ray discs to remove the region code protection, you are also able to play Blu-ray on your PC or Mac with a region free Blu-ray player.
And, there are the truly region free Blu-ray players for you:
I already have a review for Leawo Bluray Player since it is totally free for PC and Mac users. You can check it for more details here.
DVDFab Player 5 is so far the most powerful player for Blu-ray discs. There are two versions of the player, the Standard and the Ultra. To be able to play 4K ultra and 3D Blu-ray discs, you will have to go for the Ultra version, while the standard works for most normal Blu-ray discs.
AnyMP4 Blu-ray Player is a new Blu-ray player for me even I use its Blu-ray Ripper for quite some time. To my surprise, it is working really well for protected Blu-ray.