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How to make certain video files appear in Front Row Apps
I've seen lots of hints about getting video stored in external locations to show up in iTunes and Front Row ... but here's one I haven't seen.

To get a video that is not supported by iTunes -- say, a DivX-encoded AVI file -- to show up in either spot, open the video in QuickTime Player. (You must have a Quicktime Pro key for this to work.) Go to File &rquoa Save as, and click the Save as a reference movie radio button.

When you're done, you can drag your reference movie into iTunes, select TV Show or Movie under the Video tab in the Get Info window for the file, and enter your show information. When you open Front Row, your video will appear under TV Shows or Movies as appropriate, and will start playing the original file when opened.

The best part is that you get to keep your actual video clips in that 500GB external Firewire HD, with the reference file being as small as 700K-1.2M in size...
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How to make certain video files appear in Front Row
Authored by: Oceanhints1 on Jan 26, '07 08:09:15AM

This tip has been wideley covered in the forums many, many times.



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How to make certain video files appear in Front Row
Authored by: Oceanhints1 on Jan 26, '07 08:13:28AM

Here's the link to the forum page.



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How to make certain video files appear in Front Row
Authored by: robg on Jan 30, '07 08:22:30AM

The forums and the main site have different readership. If you find interesting tips on the forums, please, by all means submit the URL to the thread as a hint here on the main site.

-rob.



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How to make certain video files appear in Front Row
Authored by: thehigherlife on Jan 26, '07 08:40:02AM
here is a pre built script that will do it for you

http://dettmer.maclab.org/movie2itunes.html

and then here is the pre built script that allows for auto renaming and video file set type for multiple items.

http://www.dougscripts.com/itunes/scripts/scripts01.php?page=1#setvideokindofselected

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How to make certain video files appear in Front Row
Authored by: joshewah on Jan 26, '07 09:19:27AM

I saw a tip similar to this and thought it seemed like a big pain in the butt to go through since I usually watch a movie and movie it elsewhere once I am done.

I was messing with frontrow though and realized if you put quicktime supported media in the Movies directory it just shows up on its own without adding it to iTunes. So there really is no need to use this hint unless you want to keep movies elsewhere and link to them.



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How to make certain video files appear in Front Row
Authored by: simonvx on Jan 26, '07 09:40:37AM

I keep a lot of video files on an external drive, and also on another Mac (old iMac G3 in a closet in the basement! Poor guy), I put aliases in my Movies folder, and if I mount the drives before activating Front Row, I can browse wherever I want. DivX files, Flash movies downloaded from YouTube (using Keepvid.com), they all work in Front Row - - as long as they work in QuickTime. For those special formats, I use Flip4Mac WMV Components and Perian, both Free. If someone could find a way to play Real Media .ram and .rmvb in QuickTime, then I could say it's perfect ;-)

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Mr Vx



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How to make certain video files appear in Front Row
Authored by: kkrog on Jan 26, '07 10:07:51AM
Hey, In fact you can just create an "alias" pointing to the folder on your 500GB external HD where you keep your videos - place that alias in your "Movies" directory and all movies will show up in Front Row! Klaus

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How to make certain video files appear in Front Row
Authored by: Peachie on Jan 26, '07 10:03:34AM

As joshewah pointed out, if you have the proper codecs installed in quicktime, and have the video files under movies, the files will be seen and playable under front row without having to create any reference files. Now with this in mind, if you have your video files elsewhere, on an external drive, or network mounts(!!), simply create aliases to any network mounted video folders and put the aliases into the movies folder. As long as the drives or shares are mounted, the aliases (treated by front row gui as folders) will show all the video files on the remote drives!
Enjoy!



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How to make certain video files appear in Front Row
Authored by: thomas tran on Jul 18, '07 08:26:43AM

Maybe an easy question, but i'm a mac newbie sorry.

I have changed the name of the Movies folder, and i lost the video clap icon for ex. So Front row does not go to the right place.

Does anyone know how to restore the original folders name?

Or can we configure Frontrow to look out in other places ?

Thanx



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How to make certain video files appear in Front Row
Authored by: HappyPig on Jan 26, '07 11:52:51AM

If this works for Front Row, the next question is will these linked .avi DiVX files then be able to be played streaming via AppleTV?



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The answer to that one appears to be 'No'...
Authored by: GORDYmac on Jan 26, '07 12:12:04PM

...and I'm pissed about it. Hed over to Apple's Discussions area under 'AppleTV (pre-release)' for the heated discussions on this subject.



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How to make certain video files appear in Front Row
Authored by: Oncleben31 on Jan 29, '07 01:37:29AM

I didn't succeed in adding an artwork to the movie after it was imported successfully in iTunes.

Any idea ?



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How to make certain video files appear in Front Row
Authored by: doghair on Jan 29, '07 08:52:26AM

I think most of you may find this (creating a single folder alias) is a better way:


Front Row only looks in specified places on your hard drive for your movie files (ie 'Movies' in your home folder). The tip above creates a 'reference' file ('shortcut', 'bookmark', 'alias', 'link'; they're all the same thing) in the Movies folder.

Now rather than creating a link to individual movies, use Finder to highlight your preferred movies folder and create an Alias (Apple-L) to it. Now move this new folder-look-alike into the Movies folder. That allows FrontRow to display the linked folder in its list of movies. One link, all your movies!

And you can make as many links as you like.



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How to make certain video files appear in Front Row
Authored by: uurf on Jan 30, '07 10:25:03AM

Incidentally, this only allows .avi files (DiVX, what have you) appear in your local iTunes library (and therefore front row); iTunes can't (or won't) share these files.

So if you have all of your content on a central machine, and want to distribute that content using iTunes sharing to Frontrow clients over the network, this doesn't help.



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