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06 January 2005 @ 04:08 pm
Help with Japanese FMA DVDs  
Okay, I know a lot of you are techy kind of people, so maybe you can help...

While I was in Japan last year I bought the first three DVDs for FMA. Why, I don't know, they were hideously expensive (something like $60 each) and I knew they'd come out here eventually for much cheaper....but I bought them anyway. Such is fangirlism.

Anyway, now that I've got them back here in the US, I can't watch them. My DVD player only plays region 1, and my computer can't even find the disk. I've heard that there is software you can download/buy to watch out-of-region DVDs on your computer (I saw a link to something like it waaaay back on deviantart.com). Anyone know where I could find something like this? I'd like to be able to watch the DVDs again. Otherwise I'll end up selling them on eBay and using the money to buy the US releases (those'll have the Japanese on 'em too, right?). Help is much appreciated.

I've also got the first OST...unfortunately the copy-control protections on it won't let me rip anything to Windows Media Player...and I'd really like to get Brachya on there. Any ideas?
Lexmoooomoo on January 6th, 2005 02:17 pm (UTC)
you can d/l Brachya if you really want it on your comp :0. I can give your a link with juste the song you wants, if you want juste reply me xD.
for dvds a really don't know, my dvd player read japanese dvds :s but, 60$ just for ONE it's so.... expensive o__o !!
Lexmoooomoo on January 6th, 2005 02:18 pm (UTC)
oh my, I did so many crappy falses xD; sorry *forget how to write*
darjeeling darlingmalika on January 6th, 2005 02:22 pm (UTC)

try this, maybe?

also, if you're going to use p2p to get Bratchya, I'd suggest looking under Bratja as well (that's what it's usually spelled as, I think).

good luck! (and jeez, I'm glad I didn't buy any DVDs in Japan... yay HK bootlegs *_*)
Jasonrebooten_tag on January 6th, 2005 02:23 pm (UTC)
1) if you go to right click on my computer, then go to the hardware tab, then click on device manager. then open up the dvd/cd-rom drives section. then double click on your dvd-rom and go to the dvd region tab. you should be able to change the region of your dvd player like 4 times.

2) dont rip it to wma using wmp, use the newest version of winamp, which will actually rip to to mp3/4 and i think you can get around the copy protection
(Anonymous) on January 6th, 2005 02:28 pm (UTC)
i would caution against this method, after the 4 or 5 times it's stuck in the region you last set it to permanently
Jasonrebooten_tag on January 6th, 2005 02:31 pm (UTC)
well yea, but it still works
buraha on January 6th, 2005 02:23 pm (UTC)
I know a couple people who use the program "DVD Region-Free" and it seems to work for them, um, you can find some info here I guess: http://www.videohelp.com/tools?tool=DVD_Region-Free

There are a few other programs like that but I can't remember their names, check around that site or try googling it.
chibichibi18 on January 6th, 2005 02:25 pm (UTC)
I use this to watch my Gackt DVDs which are region 2. ^_^

Hope that helps.

~~ chibi
chibichibi18 on January 6th, 2005 02:30 pm (UTC)
You may not want to try this with that particular cd, but if you take a permanent marker and make a ring around the inside on the bottom of the disc, it should let you rip it then.

Sorry about posting twice, I didn't read the last part of your post. ^^()

~~ chibi
Ananomoreprinces on January 6th, 2005 10:41 pm (UTC)
Also cutting a very thin strip of electrical tape will do the same as taking a sharpie to the data track. The track is VERY visible, looks like a clear strip and it's not alway at the end. On my incredibles ost it's in the middle and my FMoS CDs they're also in the middle.

The best part about using the electrical tape method is that it's removable, and I've played it with the tape in 100s of cd players and the tape doesn't come off, though when you do take it off, I suggest a good cleaning of the surface.
bloody mary on the rocks: BOOBIES!junemermaid on January 6th, 2005 08:13 pm (UTC)
Uh...that icon your using is made from my art, can you please credit me in your description of the icon?
chibichibi18 on January 6th, 2005 08:35 pm (UTC)
Sure! Sorry. I put a post on my livejournal with a link to your page. Is that (the description) how icons are normally credited? I'm kind of very new at this... Sorry again!

~~ chibi
bloody mary on the rocks: SWELL!junemermaid on January 6th, 2005 09:22 pm (UTC)
Well yeah, because if someone takes the icon from your LJ then it loses the credit if it was just in a post, so most people like to be credited in the description too. Thanks~!
エイダ猫adaneko on January 6th, 2005 02:44 pm (UTC)
Try looking up your DVD model in Google and see if there's a way to tap into the DVD player itself to make it region-free.. a hidden menu of sorts, perhaps. My dad did that with ours so we can play DVDs from any region now.
A. Tanspiderpig on January 6th, 2005 05:57 pm (UTC)
Whaat?! US$60 for one?! That's really really WRONG.
|<4ti3: Kimblee and Greed INNA BOX4ti3k4t35 on January 6th, 2005 07:20 pm (UTC)
Hey, Japan is expensive.
A. Tanspiderpig on January 6th, 2005 10:02 pm (UTC)
No no, I know that. But the last time I checked when I went there last June, it was SG$60, which is around *calculates* around US$40. That's why I went "WTF?!"
|<4ti3: Ed Holy Shnap!4ti3k4t35 on January 6th, 2005 10:07 pm (UTC)
It hurts! It hurts our precioussss...er...wallets. >.>
A. Tanspiderpig on January 6th, 2005 11:45 pm (UTC)
;___; It does it does!! We must throw it into Mount Doom!

>__> Too many LOTR references!
|<4ti3: this is broken - keep right4ti3k4t35 on January 6th, 2005 07:21 pm (UTC)
A good CD ripper is called CD_dex. It's open source and freeware. It will rip copy-protected stuff. I adore it.