On Fri, Aug 17, 2007 at 01:57:01PM -0400, Bob Johnson wrote: > > I was under the impression that VLC ignored region-encoding when > > playing DVDs, but this is apparently not the case on my BSD box. > > In all but the oldest DVD drives, region encoding is supposed to be > enforced by the drive itself, not by your software. You can change the > region code setting on your drive a few times, but there is a limit (5 > times, I think). Have you succeeded at playing the same DVDs with VLC > on a different O/S?
All RPC-2 drives behave that way. It is enforced by the firmware, not the hardware itself; and firmware can be hacked / replaced, so that the RPC-2 drive can be flashed to become RPC-1. You'll void your warranty though: http://www.rpc1.org But IIRC, though I may be wrong, mplayer (proably vlc as well) don't care at all about that. They grab the data directly off the drive, and if it's CSS-encoded, they can DeCSS it on-the-fly when linked with /usr/ports/multimedia/libdvdcss. I've been able to view out-of-region region-encoded DVDs both on RPC-2 and RPC-1 drives (both old and recent) with mplayer without any problems; and, yes, I've switched regions much more often that just 5 times per RPC-2 drive: no problems at all. > I hope I'm wrong, though. The sooner this idiot DRM stuff dies, the better. Yep. Region encoding and CSS are broken anyway and have been no problem for a long time already; the real interesting hacking is now being done on AACS, but that's another story in the neverending race between good and evil. ;-) > - Bob Cheers, -cpghost. -- Cordula's Web. http://www.cordula.ws/ _______________________________________________ firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"