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Can iTunes recognise Avi/XVid movies?


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Hey

I have a huge collection of AVI/XVid movies I used to stream across our Windows network using Homegroup. I am now all Mac'd out, but my sister still has a Windows computer.

Using iTunes, she can stream all the music from my iMac no problem. However, iTunes does not recognise any of my XVid movies (most of them) so they cannot be streamed to her.

Any ideas on how to get iTunes to recognise them? I've seen a couple of methods involving individual imports, but I have close to 300 movies!
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You can't share anything via iTunes that cannot be imported into iTunes. DivX/XviD fall into this category.

If you're not prepared to spend the time to convert them, the easy way is going to be to share the folder the movies are in for her to access.

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Oh that's an idea! How do I share my movies folder on my external hard drive; while DEFINITELY not sharing other folders on it?
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System Preferences - Sharing - highlight and check off File Sharing - hit the plus sign to add the folder you want to share

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Done and enabled SMB, but cannot see it on my sister's laptop yet. Am I correct in going into 'network' on her Win7 laptop and expecting my iMac to appear there?
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I do recall making this work with my Windows desktop and actually making an icon which directly connected to my Macbook.. Can't remember how though!
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Well I can't get either the iMac or her laptop to see each other.. However, 'Playback' is appearing as a Media Device both on the 'network' and in Windows Media Player on her laptop.. However, when I try to click it says 'The remote media library did not allow the connection'.

So between getting a standard file share and the Playback program to work, there is hope!
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I forget now how I set it up. Can't get to my Win machine right now - wife's watching TV and that's the only monitor on my Windows rig.

Check out the Apple article - you've got SMB set up, so scroll all the way down to: Joining a Microsoft Windows workgroup

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If you've setup SMB sharing on your Mac, in Windows go to Run or open a Windows Explorer window. The destination you want to go to is \\<ip>. For instance, if your Mac has the IP of 192.168.1.2, navigate to \\192.168.1.2.

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Never got this to work directly, despite great effort, but I can recommend the OSX program 'Playback' for sharing media from a Mac and then I installed 'Boxee' on our Windows computers which does a great job playing this shared media - problem solved.

I am soon to purchase a 2Tb NAS for all our movies though!
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