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    Oct 06, 2009
    Help with playing movies in FrontRow

    I have alot of movies in different formats, some will play in Front Row, some won't, some will have video but no sound.

    I was just wondering what the best option is out there.

    1. Should I try to find a codec package for Front Row that will play everything?

    2. Convert all movies to a single format.

    Please advise.


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    Dec 20, 2006
    Lake Mary, Florida
    15" MBP, Core i7/2GHz, 8GB RAM, 480GB Crucial M500 SSD
    I honestly haven't experimented all that much with FrontRow, but I think it will play anything that Quicktime will (someone correct me if I'm wrong). So, if that's true, I'd imagine installing the Perian codec package should make it pretty versatile.
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    Nov 15, 2009
    North Louisiana, USA
    2.8 GHz MacBook Pro 10.10.2, 8 GB mem, iPhone 6+
    Correct on both counts. Front Row relies on the QuickTime codecs for playback. Installing Perian takes care of several different formats. The most consistent stumbling block seems to be copy protected Windows media files.
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    Feb 25, 2009
    Late 2013 rMBP, i7, 750m gpu, OSX versions 10.9.3, 10.10
    Frankly, unless you're playing DRM'd iTunes video / Music, I'd look into a different front end for playing video in a home theater appearance.

    You can take a look at some like:

    or my favorite Plex

    I use Plex with my mini hooked into my HDTV as my dedicated HTPC. It plays pretty much everything I've thrown at it (mkv, AVI, FLV, OGM, mp4, etc.), and handles multiple audio / subtitle tracks in MKVs nicely, and offers offsetting of audio incase a file plays out of sync. Works well with the Apple remote, and it can launch Front Row or Apples DVD player from within its interface (which is convenient if you want to play iTunes DRM video or audio, or want to play DVDs as although Plex does a great job with video files, it's not great at playing DVDs (actually, it's built in DVD playback functionality kinda sucks)) It doesn't do DRM music / video, and I've had a couple of files that didn't play back right, but compared with the amount that wouldn't play back right in Front Row for me it was well worth it (especially since the cost - free - is perfect) and I just didn't want to transcode my video.
    My Macs: Late 2013 rMBP w/ 750m; Mac mini G4, 1.25 GHz, 512m ram (server); Late 2011 11" MBA, 1.8GHz i7, 4Gig Ram, 256Gig SSD, HD3000; Powerbook 12" G4 1.33GHz running Debian as a server; Apple TV (1080p version)

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