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10.4: Open movies on any drive in Front Row Apps
I've seen several hints on this site lately about using Front Row to watch movies stored in locations other than the ~/Movies folder, but most are limited to adding one additional location to Front Row's menu. Here is a fairly simple trick that allows you to browse to and play any QuickTime-compatible movie located in any folder, including internal, external, and removable disks.

First, use Tinker Tool (or your other tool of choice, or Terminal as in this hint) to view the hidden folders on your computer. Then locate the /Volumes folder (which was previously hidden) in your root folder. Command-option-drag the /Volumes folder into your user's Movies folder. Finally, re-hide your hidden folders.

Launch Front Row and browse to the Movies category. There should be an entry at or near the bottom called Volumes. Select it, and you will see all of your mounted disks, including hard drives, CDs, DVDs, and networked drives.

[robg adds: You don't need to show hidden files to make this hint work. Instead, hit Shift-Command-G (Go to Folder) in the Finder and just enter /Volumes. The Volumes folder will show up, even though it's still marked as invisible.]
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10.4: Open movies on any drive in Front Row
Authored by: alblue on Aug 17, '06 08:39:19AM

You should also be able to do this by terminal.

cd ~/Movies; ln -s /Volumes/MyMovieCollection .

Alex.



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10.4: Open movies on any drive in Front Row
Authored by: JadeNB on Aug 17, '06 11:35:49AM

It's true that you can access the folder without being able to view hidden folders, but I think that doesn't let you create an alias targetted at the folder (rather than its contents).

The symbolic link thing should work, but you can't target a symbolic link at ".". A better approach might be

ln -s /Volumes ~/Movies/Volumes

(which can be issued from any directory). Symbolic links have the weakness that they point at a path, rather than an i-node, but that shouldn't be a problem if the target is /Volumes.



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10.4: Open movies on any drive in Front Row
Authored by: Halopend on Aug 17, '06 02:47:37PM

To JadeNB, when in the finder and your navigating the contents of a folder, you can select that folder by clicking it's icon in the title bar. From there you can option+comand+drag the folder to create an alias of it.



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10.4: Open movies on any drive in Front Row
Authored by: eboss on Aug 17, '06 02:52:16PM

If you "hit Shift-Command-G (Go to Folder) in the Finder and just enter /Volumes" (like Rob said), you obtain the Volumes window.

All you have to do is click and hold on the folder icon on top of the window Command-option-drag it to the target folder (~/Movies/).

That way you don't have to open any Terminal, show any hidden folder, only some ulltra-end-user techniques



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10.4: Open movies on any drive in Front Row
Authored by: rayzor on Aug 17, '06 03:25:25PM

I just made an alias of the movies folder on the external drive and dragged it into my ~/movies folder and now Frontrow shows all my movies from the external drive.



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10.4: Open movies on any drive in Front Row
Authored by: crist-y on Aug 18, '06 04:15:21AM

Hi I found the hint extremely interesting could i use the same syntax for video audio and image mounted elsewhere than the hd of my mac?
Thanx!



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10.4: Open movies on any drive in Front Row
Authored by: brandonlgolm on Aug 18, '06 01:55:22PM
sounds like a bad idea. I wouldn't advise moving /Volumes. Just make an alias to the folder or drive in question, and move that alias to ~/Movies.

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10.4: Open movies on any drive in Front Row
Authored by: Unsoluble on Aug 18, '06 03:01:37PM

Nobody's moving the /Volumes folder -- Command-Option-drag makes an alias. :)



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