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Another method of adding AVI files to iTunes
Authored by: bulletproof on Apr 30, '07 10:30:43AM
I have a Mac Mini connected to my TV and use front row to view all the media on my network.

If you are using front row, you will need to do a few things.

On the computer that has the media you wish to share:

1. Share the directory containing your media you want to share on your network.

On the computer you want to access the shared media:

1. Add a alias for "volumes" to your users "Movies" directory.

2. Add a startup script to your user to automatically add the shared network drive when your computer starts up.

I would also recommend using automatic login.

I will assume you know how to share the folder on your network and set the automatic login.

The purpose of adding an alias to "volumes" in your "Movies" directory is to give front row access to any volume connected to your system. This includes all physical, and network drives.


FIRST - You will need to show all hidden files. Open Terminal. Type: defaults write AppleShowAllFiles TRUE (hit Enter) killall Finder (hit Enter).

You can now see all hidden files.

SECOND - Locate the /Volumes folder (which was previously hidden) in your root folder. Command-option-drag the /Volumes folder into your user's Movies folder. Front row will now have access to this folder and everthing in it.

To re-hide hidden files, in your terminal window type: defaults write AppleShowAllFiles FALSE (hit Enter) killall Finder (hit Enter).



Adding a startup script to your user to automatically add the shared network drive when your computer starts up is actually really easy.

1. Fire up Script Editor.
2. Type volume mount "smb://server name/share name" for 3. each share you want to automount. For example, volume mount "smb://nas/mp3" in my example.
4. Test the code.
5. Save the code as an AppleScript.
6. Save the code as an application.
7. Add the application to your System Accounts Login Items.


This should also work for regular access to any of your media files. You will however need to have the correct codec installed to view any media requiring it. I hope that helps.


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