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10.5: Use Front Row to watch VIDEO_TS folder movies Apps
Front Row in 10.5 introduces support for VIDEO_TS folders (ripped DVDs) without resorting to third party software like in 10.4. All you have to do is copy the VIDEO_TS folder off a DVD to a place that Front Row can access (typically ~/Movies/MovieName). You can copy it with the Finder, or use a DVD ripper like MacTheRipper.

When you launch Front Row, navigate to the Movies section, and then to your various ripped DVDs. Once launched, they are controlled just like an inserted DVD disc. Cover artwork is also possible by placing an image titled Preview.jpg inside the VIDEO_TS folder. Front Row will cycle through the cover art if you have multiple ripped DVDs.

[robg adds: A comment on the queue site notes that "An alias to directory with VIDEO_TS will work fine without copying. Aliases to any upper-level directory will also work -- Front Row will let you navigate through directories."]
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10.5: Use Front Row to watch VIDEO_TS folder movies
Authored by: fyrefly on Nov 09, '07 08:45:37AM

Unfortunately, Front Row does not automatically mount the disk image unlike the Finder. If you open an alias in the Finder and the original is in a disk image, it will mount the disk image to allow access to that original file or folder.

A step in the right direction for Front Row, and hopefully future updates allow mounting of disk images.



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10.5: Use Front Row to watch VIDEO_TS folder movies
Authored by: hookoa on Nov 09, '07 12:24:50PM

This didn't work for me, copying (Finder) the Video_TS file of Fawlty Towers.

Not the right kind of file.

Bill

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10.5: Use Front Row to watch VIDEO_TS folder movies
Authored by: allanmarcus on Nov 09, '07 02:41:31PM

You cannot make a finder copy of a commercial disk. You need to use a ripping tool like MacTheRipper.



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10.5: Use Front Row to watch VIDEO_TS folder movies
Authored by: ClunkClunk on Nov 11, '07 10:30:01AM

My mistake. It does indeed look like you can not make Finder copies of CSS protected discs to view in FR or DVD Player. This used to be a feature in 10.1, but it looks like it's been removed. Unfortunately, the disc I was testing with was a commercially produced disc, but doesn't appear to be using any encryption.

So MacTheRipper or some other DVD ripper is needed to remove the encryption on encrypted discs for viewing in Front Row or DVD Player off the hard drive.



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10.5: Use Front Row to watch VIDEO_TS folder movies
Authored by: grifmx on Nov 16, '07 08:08:48AM

Question?

Some Front Row video TS artwork from the genre subfolder SCROLLS by, and some FADES from movie to movie.

How do you select which one it does?



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10.5: Use Front Row to watch VIDEO_TS folder movies
Authored by: capucci on Jan 21, '08 04:57:28PM

Can I have the video_ts folders on an external drive and play them in Front Row?



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10.5: Use Front Row to watch VIDEO_TS folder movies
Authored by: gimmeslack12 on Dec 17, '08 01:50:04PM

You should be able to. Place an Alias of your external drive in the ~/Movies folder to access the drive. That's how my Mini Media Mac is setup.

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