Re: DVDs

Nora Dimmock (NDimmock@rcl.lib.rochester.edu)
Fri, 4 Jan 2002 10:34:00 -0800 (PST)

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I have done a fair amount of research on this subject and can summarize =
what I've learned:
-DVD's do indeed come "coded" by region- with region 1 representing the =
US, etc.
_"code-free" DVD players are not easy to come by- the Sampo is an =
excellent example- they were initially code-free, but have bowed to =
pressure from the entertainment industry and reprogrammed their players to =
play only Zone 1 DVD's. I bought 2 players for our Multimedia Center that =
were advertised as code-free, but I held my breath until they arrived. =
They work great.
-DVD's do indeed come in different formats- at least NTSC and PAL (I have =
not run accross a SECAM, but we have some French DVD's that are in PAL). =
This presents an additional problem- the signal coming out of your =
codefree DVD player has to be converted to NTSC in order to be viewed on =
an American television. The Sampo player is great because it has a =
built-in converter. The Pioneer models I looked at did not. I suppose you =
could then run the signal through a multistandard VCR to convert it to =
NTSC and output it to a regular TV, but it would make copying just too =
tempting (and easy).=20

I looked at the French DVD site and couldn't determine the DVD's format, =
but I suspect it is PAL and region 2, like the other French DVD's we have =
here, because that is the national standard. Hope this helps!
Nora

Technical Manager
Multimedia Center
University of Rochester
ndimmock@rcl.lib.rochester.edu
(716) 273-5010

>>> gilles@exploratorium.edu 01/04/02 12:56PM >>>
I've had several requests in the past year for information on where to get
regionless players from staff at local museums, libraries and one famous =
US
Studio.

Guess I've established a reputation with my interest in Japanese videos.

I bought a regionless player, a Sampo, for less than retail two years ago
at Mikado in San Francisco.

http://www.mikadosf.com/

There are some US made discs that will not play on regionless players,
however the Sampo can be reset via a menu.

http://www.dvd.reviewer.co.uk/info/multiregion/full/sampo560.asp

I've been pleased with this machine and some of the images in my second
book were captures from Japanese DVD discs using this machine.

Gilles Poitras gilles@exploratorium.edu
Learning Studio, Exploratorium Museum

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I have done a fair amount of research on this = subject=20 and can summarize what I've learned:
-DVD's do indeed come "coded" by region- with region 1 representing = the US,=20 etc.
_"code-free" DVD players are not easy to come by- the Sampo is an = excellent=20 example- they were initially code-free, but have bowed to pressure from = the=20 entertainment industry and reprogrammed their players to play only Zone 1 = DVD's.=20 I bought 2 players for our Multimedia Center that were advertised as = code-free,=20 but I held my breath until they arrived. They work great.
-DVD's do indeed come in different formats- at least NTSC and PAL (I = have=20 not run accross a SECAM, but we have some French DVD's that are in PAL). = This=20 presents an additional problem- the signal coming out of your codefree = DVD=20 player has to be converted to NTSC in order to be viewed on an American=20 television. The Sampo player is great because it has a built-in converter. = The=20 Pioneer models I looked at did not. I suppose you could then run the = signal=20 through a multistandard VCR to convert it to NTSC and output it to a = regular TV,=20 but it would make copying just too tempting (and easy).
 
I looked at the French DVD site and couldn't determine the DVD's = format,=20 but I suspect it is PAL and region 2, like the other French DVD's we have = here,=20 because that is the national standard. Hope this helps!
Nora
 
Technical Manager
Multimedia Center
University of Rochester
<= A=20 href=3D"mailto:ndimmock@rcl.lib.rochester.edu">ndimmock@rcl.lib.rochester.e= du
(716)=20 273-5010

>>> gilles@exploratorium.edu 01/04/02 12:56PM=20 >>>
I've had several requests in the past year for information = on=20 where to get
regionless players from staff at local museums, libraries = and=20 one famous US
Studio.

Guess I've established a reputation with = my=20 interest in Japanese videos.

I bought a regionless player, a Sampo, = for=20 less than retail two years ago
at Mikado in San Francisco.

http://www.mikadosf.com/

There= are=20 some US made discs that will not play on regionless players,
however = the=20 Sampo can be reset via a menu.

h= ttp://www.dvd.reviewer.co.uk/info/multiregion/full/sampo560.asp

= I've=20 been pleased with this machine and some of the images in my second
book = were=20 captures from Japanese DVD discs using this machine.

Gilles = Poitras =20 gilles@exploratorium.edu
Learning Studio, Exploratorium=20 Museum


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