How to circumvent Cinavia

What is Cinavia

Cinavia works to prevent copying via the detection of a watermark recorded into the analog audio of media such as theatrical films and Blu-ray Discs. The intent is to prevent all copying, both counterfeit copies and legal copies of one's own content. In other words, when you buy a DVD or Blu-Ray, you have no legal rights to copy it. If the disc fails, you must go buy another one.

When does it matter

Most newer DVD, Blu-Ray players, PS3, and PS4 have a USB drive and the ability to playback videos. Most DVD, Blu-Ray players, PS3, and PS4 manufactured since 2012 contain Cinavia technology. This implies if you rip a Cinavia protected DVD to an external hard drive, plug that hard drive into your Blu-Ray player, and try to watch it at about the 20 minute mark the audio stops working.


Blu-Ray players without Cinavia

Movies infected with Cinavia

  • Blu-Ray
  • DVD
  • These lists are not exhaustive. Manufacturers are adding Cinavia to popular titles on reprints.

Now what

  1. Play your infected movie on a computer. Most computers have a HDMI out. Most TVs have a HDMI in.
  2. There are other means to adjust the sound, e.g. CinEx HD Utility, but those may be illegal.