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10.4: Watch DivX movies in Front Row Apps
For those of us who have a Front Row-enabled Mac hooked up to the living room TV, you can skip the whole CD/DVD burning process and watch DivX movies in Front Row. Simply drag your DivX videos into your Movies folder in the Finder.

Your DivX video files will now appear under Movies in the Videos section of Front Row. Of course, you will need to have the DivX codec installed.
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10.4: Watch DivX movies in Front Row
Authored by: nathanziarek on Jun 30, '06 09:59:13AM

Doesn't work for me. Does the DivX file have to be an AVI, or can it be a normal ".divx" file?



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10.4: Watch DivX movies in Front Row
Authored by: renderhead on Jun 30, '06 10:39:09AM

I've never tried using the .divx extension, but DivX AVI files work fine for me, as do .mpeg files. I can't always get the files imported into iTunes, but they will almost always play in Front Row.



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10.4: Watch DivX movies in Front Row
Authored by: Wazzoo on Jun 30, '06 10:31:44AM

From my experience, the divx movie has to be saved as a .mov file for Front Row to be able to play it and you have any requisite codecs installed in your Quicktime folder in /library.

The .mov is simply the container that Front Row recognises and is able to play from. You can similarly play 3ivx/Xvid etc files this way. To convert an .avi to .mov you need Quicktime Pro and use the save as and select self contained movie.

There are probably other ways to get .avi files to .mov files without reencoding but not sure.



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Watch All QT Compatible Movies in Front Row
Authored by: renderhead on Jun 30, '06 10:34:33AM
Here's another trick I've learned:
  1. Use Tinker Tool to show all the hidden files on your computer. You can also do this with some terminal magic, but I'll leave that up to you to figure out.
  2. Go to your "root" directory (the main icon on your Desktop). You should see a formerly hidden folder called "Volumes".
  3. Cmd-Option-Drag the Volumes folder to your Movies folder to create an alias there.
  4. Re-hide your hidden files (again, use your preferred method).
Now when you go to the "Movies" section of Front Row, you will see a sub-folder called "Volumes". From there, you can browse your entire hard drive and any disk attached to your computer, including networked drives. I often use this trick to play DivX movies that I've burned to DVD.

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Watch All QT Compatible Movies in Front Row
Authored by: danibo77 on Dec 22, '07 09:05:00AM

Hi renderhead

An EVEN easier "trick" without even using Tinker Tool (OR the terminal) is:

1. In Finder: Choose the "Go" menu and then "Go to folder" (Shift-Cmd-G)
2. Write "Volumes"
3. Voila! You are in the hidden volumes folder without tampering with your files. Now: Cmd-Option-Drag the little icon of the folder in the upper part of the window to your desired folder (ie. Movies)

Easier than that is hard to do..

A year later, but still there is a need to play divx-files in Front Row :)
Thanks for the tip anyway, I had been looking for this for days..



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10.4: Watch DivX movies in Front Row
Authored by: sd on Jun 30, '06 10:50:46AM

is this really a hint?



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10.4: Watch DivX movies in Front Row
Authored by: kkL on Jun 30, '06 11:29:30AM

Divx codec doesn't work with Xvid movies, so it's no go for me.

VLC + Remote Buddy does FrontRow's job well.



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10.4: Watch DivX movies in Front Row
Authored by: regulus on Jun 30, '06 12:01:31PM

You don't actually need to have the movie files in your movie folder, an alias will work fine as the above poster suggested with the Volumes folder tip. Basically you can use an alias to the file itself or an alias to any folder containing the files.

My avi files play fine in front row (you need the quicktime plugins). It's surprising that iTunes can't play them but Front Row does. I guess they limit iTunes to the movie types that the iPod can play.



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10.4: Watch DivX movies in Front Row
Authored by: mercurous on Jul 03, '06 06:48:01AM
http://paulstamatiou.com/2006/04/08/get-front-row-to-play-xvid-divx-3ivx-videos/

The instructions on that link worked for me. DivX sometimes causes FrontRow to crash, so it's back to VLC.


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10.4: Watch DivX movies in Front Row
Authored by: starwxrwx on Jul 04, '06 05:32:19AM

So long as you can play the file in Quicktime, you can play it in Front Row. Having the files in your Movies folder is hardly a hint when it is the default action.

Installing DivX, Xvid etc isn't that hard and there are plenty of sites out there that will run you through it.

I much prefer Quicktime Pro for viewing divx/xvid movies and TV shows, rather than front row, because the control panel is far nicer (perhaps hooked up to a TV front row works, but for me it is way too large and unintuitive via the keyboard and you can't use the mouse).



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10.4: Watch DivX movies in Front Row
Authored by: boult on Dec 22, '07 01:02:07PM
Get Perian 1.0 It will let you watch all those divx or xvid or such

http://www.perian.org/

Perian enables QuickTime application support for additional Media Types:
AVI, FLV, and MKV file formats
MS-MPEG4 v1 & v2, DivX, 3ivX, H.264, FLV1, FSV1, VP6, H263I, VP3, HuffYUV, FFVHuff, MPEG1 & MPEG2 Video, Fraps, Windows Media Audio v1 & v2, Flash ADPCM, Xiph Vorbis (in Matroska), MPEG Layer II Audio
AVI support for: AAC, AC3 Audio, H.264, MPEG4, and VBR MP3
Subtitle support for SSA and SRT

be sure to read this one;
http://www.perian.org/#support



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