Ok so you take whatever disk is out you need the remote for this
click set up on the remote click the right arrow until you get to preferences then type in 9653 and you'll see the region code and you push the down arrow until you get to zero click enter and it should work
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Use NERO or ANYDVD software to burn them as a "DVD" and not just a copy paste as that will not work for dvd players.
Also if you can find a "region free hack" for your regular dvd player use it. most are quite simple to do and it means it wont reject a dvd that is meant for another country .
Short answer...yes, would you like to invest what would likely be days learning the process? There may be a mod ship out there somewhere, but unless you are willing to modify the PS3 in someway that would likely void any warranties, then you're going to have to find a DVD for your region. A mod without a chip would involve installing linux in addition to the OS that the playstation comes with. I'm sure the process has gotten easier since I last checked, but I found it too painstaking.
The screen will show: "Region Code: 2" Press [1-6] to manually set the region OR  for multi-region.
Press [SETUP] to exit
You will now be able to play DVDs from anywhere in the world.
This is particularly useful, because region 1 DVDs from the US often come out when the movies are still in the cinemas over here. Region 1 DVDs can be bought perfectly legally by mail order or from the internet.