Format FAQs

Titles sold on our site vary in their region coding, video format, and type of disc. Please check the specifications of your equipment to ensure it is compatible with the specifications of the disc/s you are purchasing. Many DVD players are multi-format and multi-region enabling them to play DVDs from around the world. 99% of DVD players and TVs sold in Australia have no problem with the playback of NTSC DVDs, and most items we sell are playable on standard Australian equipment. Blu-ray players are usually region locked for Blu-ray discs unless explicated stated otherwise. However, they may allow for the playback of DVDs from ay region, dependent on the model. I you purchase an item that will not play on your equipment, we will exchange it for you. Click Here for a range of DVD and BD machines that will play all formats... WORLD WIDE... they will even work with the power systems in the UK and the USA.

DVD provides standard definition digital quality video with up to 5.1 channels of audio in surround mode (Dolby Digital and/or DTS) and/or two channels (stereo) of high resolution lossless audio (PCM). DVDs can be region coded for one or more parts of the world, the region coding on the disc must match the region code of your DVD player to enable playback. DVDs are also in either the PAL or NTSC video format. Your DVD player and television need to be compatible with the format of the disc to enable viewing. The DVDs sold by Train Pictures vary in disc type, some are pressed (single layer DVD5 format or dual layer DVD9 format), while other are “burnt” (DVDR format). All DVD players are compatible with DVD5 and DVD9 discs while most are compatible with DVDR discs.

Blu-ray Discs (BD for short) provide high definition video (up to 1080p) and up to eight channels of high resolution lossless audio in surround mode. BDs can be region coded for one or more parts of the world, the region coding on the disc must match the region code of your Blu-ray player to enable playback. The BDs sold by Train Pictures vary in disc type, some are pressed (single layer or dual layer), while other are “burnt” (BDR format). All Blu-ray players are compatible with single and dual layer pressed discs but not all players are compatible with BDR discs. Consult you player manual for exact playback information.

NOTE
While titles sold on this site are in various formats, all discs are supplied direct from the producer or distributor and are original, not copies. Many independent producers supply us with burnt discs due to the high cost of producing pressed discs in volume from glass masters. If mastered professionally burnt discs offer the same picture and audio quality as pressed discs. Generally, if you are unable to view a burnt disc your DVD/BD player is unable to read burnt discs, not a fault with the disc. Please check the specifications of your equipment to ensure it is compatible with the specifications of the disc/s you are purchasing. If you have any questions about to the various formats of titles we stock please contact us.

WHICH VIDEO FORMAT DO I HAVE?

Countries that use the NTSC Format:
Antiles, Netherlands, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Burma, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Equador, Grenada, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Phillipines, Puerto Rico, South Korea, Surinam, Taiwan, Tobago, Trinidad, United States of America, Venezuala.

Countries that use the PAL Format:
Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrein, Bangladesh, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Cameroon, China, Denmark, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lesotho, Liberia, Luxemburg, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mozambique, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Portugal, Qatar, Rumania, Seycheles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uraguay, Yemen, Yugoslavia, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Countries that use the SECAM Format:
Afghanistan, Benin, Bukina Faso, Bulgaria, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Czechoslovakia, Djibouti, Egypt, France, French Guiana, Gabon, Greece, Guadalope, Guinea, Gyprus, Haiti, Hungary, Iran, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Lebanon, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Martinique, Maruitius, Mauritania, Monaco, Morocco, Niger, North Korea, Poland, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Syria , Togo, Tunisia, Vietnam, Western Samoa, Zaire.

DVD/BD FAQs

Will the DVD/BD play in my country?
Australian DVDs are formatted in PAL and encoded for Region 4 unless stated otherwise. Some discs have multiple zones or a region code of "0" enabling play back in other regions, providing your DVD player and television are both PAL compatible or multi-standard (PAL and NTSC). 
Australian Blu-Ray discs are region code B unless stated otherwise. Some discs have multiple zones or a region code of "0" enabling play back in other regions
Please refer to individual titles for details regarding their format and region.

Can I play the DVD/BD on my computer?
Generally all discs will play on your computer provided you have a DVD-ROM drive (or BD-ROM drive for Blu-Ray discs) and playback software compatible with the region encoding of the disc.

WHAT REGION AM I IN?

DVD
Region 0 – playback is possible in all regions, lso known as Region ALL
Region 1
 – Canada, United States and its territories 

Region 2 – Japan, Europe, South Africa and the Middle East
Region 3 – Southeast Asia and East Asia
Region 4 – Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Central and South America 
Region 5 – India, Pakistan, Russia, Eastern European states, and Africa 
Region 6 – China
The region code of titles sold by Train Pictures is listed for each individual title.

Blu-Ray
Region A – the Americas, and their dependencies, East Asia (except China and Mongolia), and Southeast Asia.

Region B – Africa, Middle East, Southwest Asia, Europe (except Belarus, Russia and Ukraine), Australia, New Zealand, and their dependencies.
Region C – Central Asia, East Asia (China and Mongolia only), South Asia, Eastern Europe, and their dependencies.
The region code of titles sold by Train Pictures is listed for each individual title.


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