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Create an iTunes video jukebox Apps
This may be obvious to some, but not to others ... iTunes is now capable of running as a video kiosk. I know that some of us like to download music videos from the iTunes Music Store, and this tip allows you to run your own video playlist in full-screen mode. I blogged it in detail, but here's the quick version:
  1. Create a video playlist. A smart folder that selects "kind" is "quicktime" is one way to do this.
  2. In iTunes' preferences, set iTunes to play videos fullscreen.
  3. Click on the header of the artwork window in the iTunes main interface so that it toggles to read "Now Playing."
  4. Highlight your playlist and click "Play"
Now if you have a spare computer in your office/home, you can run one as a video kiosk. You can even set a video and/or the whole playlist to repeat, if you want it to loop endlessly in the background.
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Create an iTunes video jukebox
Authored by: Mike A on Sep 16, '05 12:32:09PM

One thing I have noticed with playing videos full-screen in iTunes is that it can have a nasty performance hit. Some videos that iTunes plays quite happily in its own window or a separate one, will constantly skip frames when played full-screen. Playing them full-screen in Quicktime Pro is also fine.



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Create an iTunes video jukebox
Authored by: jlukas on Sep 16, '05 01:07:37PM

I tried this, but iTunes 5 will not play two videos full screen in a row. It plays the first, then plays the second in the main window, then goes back to full screen. Has anyone else been having a problem with this?



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Create an iTunes video jukebox
Authored by: hypert on Sep 16, '05 02:12:09PM

In iTunes Preferences, on the Playback pane, set the Play Videos dropdown to "full screen".



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Create an iTunes video jukebox
Authored by: jlukas on Sep 16, '05 03:21:29PM

that's how it was. I've tried it on a couple computers; each will only play full screen every other song (unless i click the full screen button when every video starts)



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Create an iTunes video jukebox
Authored by: mnoriega on Nov 07, '05 01:16:16PM

Same here. Anyone found a solution for playing several videos (like videocasts) one after the other in fullscreen.



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Create an iTunes video jukebox
Authored by: Mokona on Nov 08, '05 05:03:44AM

Have you tried clicking on the upper border of the small area where artwork is normally displayed? When clicked it switches from "selected song" to "now playing". This allows it to keep playing in full screen (at least for me).



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Create an iTunes video jukebox
Authored by: captain caveman on Sep 16, '05 05:35:11PM

Anyone know a way to keep the video fullscreen even when iTunes isn't the main App?

I have two monitors and a TV connected to my Mac, and want to have videos playing on my TV while I'm working on the other monitors.



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Create an iTunes video jukebox
Authored by: ppatoray on Sep 16, '05 08:01:10PM

I've noticed the same problem, and immediately submitted it as a bug report to apple, which was immediately closed out. I'd suggest that as many people as possible do the same thing, and see if we can't get them to listen.

http://bugreport.apple.com



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Create an iTunes video jukebox
Authored by: captain caveman on Sep 16, '05 08:28:40PM

If you tell it to play video in a separate window, then expand that window manually to about the full size of the screen, and enable "Overscan", it gets close...

The title bar shows the title of the video, and with black background image, it actually looks OK.

And it seems easier on the processor for some reason



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