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10.4: Watch videos on data DVDs from Front Row Apps
I don't know about anyone else, but I have a lot of shows and movies in .avi format, and I like to keep them in my Movies folder for FrontRow access. When my hard drive fills up, however, I usually burn these to data DVDs, so as to fit as much as possible onto one disc.

The problem is that Front Row will not recognize the .avi files burned to the data DVD if you select DVD from the menu, because it isn't a formatted DVD. So, as a workaround, I dragged the DVD icon from the desktop into my Movies folder. This created an alias that could be accessed from the videos menu in Front Row. And better yet, the alias stays as a placeholder even when the disc is ejected, so the next time you insert it, you are ready to go!
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10.4: Watch videos on data DVDs from Front Row
Authored by: ob1cannoli on Aug 15, '06 07:39:11AM

a better idea is to add an alias or symlink to your Volumes folder so that ANY external drive, dvd, or folder on your HDD is accessible. :-)



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10.4: Watch videos on data DVDs from Front Row
Authored by: zane on Aug 15, '06 02:21:52PM

Good idea ob1. I was going to ask the OP if the alias continues to work for differently labeled disks. An alias from Volumes however should indeed take care of that by allowing access to any mounts, as you've mentioned.

Neat hint.



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10.4: Watch videos on data DVDs from Front Row
Authored by: Unsoluble on Aug 16, '06 01:33:55PM

Yeah, I use a symlink to /Volumes and it works perfectly. Shows mounted server volumes, too, of course -- useful if you've got roommates who want to stream their vids to the living room too. :)



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10.4: Watch videos on data DVDs from Front Row
Authored by: reeses on Aug 15, '06 09:22:30PM

This is what I do with my JBOD chain of Firewire drives. I started ripping my DVDs (at current count, a little over 650) to disk some time ago so I could store the originals in binders and keep them out of the way. I encoded at very high data rates, and my first 300GB drive filled up pretty quickly. I bought a 400GB drive on sale, and then a 500GB drive.

Rather than RAID the heterogeneous drives in any way, which would be a bad idea for two reasons off the top of my head (space utilization and performance) I created an alias farm. I had already broken up the films alphabetically, so I just moved blocks of letters (directories) to the three drives and had aliases pointing to the appropriate directory on the various volumes.

For example, under ~/Movies/, I have Film/, Personal/ (i.e., iMovie output), and Television/ (for TV box sets). Under Film, I might have "0-9/" on /Volumes/Krank, "A/" on /Volumes/Miette, and "B/" on /Volumes/One. Of course, there's a practical limit to the number of drives I can put on one Firewire chain, but by that point, the smaller drives will start looking pretty useless and ready for retirement anyway and not worth the power they draw. I have about 1.6TB on the chain (another 400GB for backups, differentials, and junk I don't want on my primary spindle), and will probably look at one of the dual-drive Maxtor One Touch III's in "RAID" 0 mode soon.



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