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    Thumbs up Perian
    So I finally decide to try the remote that came with my new MBP. Front page is awesome. I tried last night and was able to do everything under each category (music, video, photos, DVD) EXCEPT navigate through VLC using the remote and FP. No worries; I'll use Quicktime to view my MPEG4 rip- NO GO!

    So this morning, I search for "VLC and MAC Front Row' and came across a forum that suggested downloading a program that would allow QT to read MPEG4 files. Now instead of using VLC, I now use QT while in front row- the way it was meant to be used. :-)

    I can now navigate properly through my movies- sound +/-, scene selection, etc.

    Man, I love this machine.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jlcotton1968 View Post
    So I finally decide to try the remote that came with my new MBP. Front page is awesome. I tried last night and was able to do everything under each category (music, video, photos, DVD) EXCEPT navigate through VLC using the remote and FP. No worries; I'll use Quicktime to view my MPEG4 rip- NO GO!

    So this morning, I search for "VLC and MAC Front Row' and came across a forum that suggested downloading a program that would allow QT to read MPEG4 files. Now instead of using VLC, I now use QT while in front row- the way it was meant to be used. :-)

    I can now navigate properly through my movies- sound +/-, scene selection, etc.

    Man, I love this machine.

    I do believe you mean "Front Row". But yes, I tried that and it didn't quite work for me. I was hoping that it would support mkv too but it has trouble with it... Glad you enjoy it!

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    Yes, I did mean Front Row. :-)

    I'm surprised that Perian doesn't have a codec for mkv.

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    Just a small trick I learned a few days ago:

    If you want the Mac to go to sleep after watching a movie or listening to music after you tucked yourself to bed... just hold down the play/pause button a couple of seconds, and the Mac goes to sleep.

    Same thing to wake it up.

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    Thx TopDog- that's good to know.

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    @ mshale,

    Perian does support MKV:

    Perian enables QuickTime application support for additional Media Types:. AVI, FLV, and MKV file formats; MS-MPEG4 v1 & v2, DivX, 3ivX, H.264, FLV1, FSV1, ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlcotton1968 View Post
    @ mshale,

    Perian does support MKV:

    Perian enables QuickTime application support for additional Media Types:. AVI, FLV, and MKV file formats; MS-MPEG4 v1 & v2, DivX, 3ivX, H.264, FLV1, FSV1, ...
    Yeah, it says it does, but i still had trouble with all of the "extra" formats. I fixed it though... I installed VLC

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    Perian + quicktime + front row plays MKV just fine. It's just that it takes a few minutes to 'load' the video in. If you open an MKV file in quicktime with perian installed, it will show a darker bar in the scale loading much like how they load during streaming videos. I can play 1080p quality MKV videos fine...

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