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    Front Row - Cant play films

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    Front Row - Cant play films
    I cany play any of my .avi films in front row. I presume this is because i dont have the right codecs? I just use vlc player to play them but sometimes i want to use vlc. What codecs would i need to get it working?

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    Front Row - Cant play films

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    I would suggest downloading flip4mac - once installed this will sort you out..

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    Actually, to get videos playing in Front Row, you have to add them to iTunes, and in order to do that, they have to be in h.264 format. So to watch your videos on Front Row, you would have to convert them first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kash View Post
    Actually, to get videos playing in Front Row, you have to add them to iTunes, and in order to do that, they have to be in h.264 format. So to watch your videos on Front Row, you would have to convert them first.
    oh Kash...
    Front Row that comes installed with 10.5 isn't necessarily linked to iTunes. It will recogize all of the iTunes library but it also recognizes anything in the movies folder. I got aliases to Video_TS folders in my movie folder. It picks up the link and plays Video_TS folder like a DVD.
    to the original poster, it's more than likely you need to download the DIVX codec. Put the movie in the movies folder.
    Tell us if it works or not.

    If you're running 10.4, do as Kash said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dents291002 View Post
    I would suggest downloading flip4mac - once installed this will sort you out..
    No, Flip4Mac only works for WMV files, not AVI.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kash View Post
    Actually, to get videos playing in Front Row, you have to add them to iTunes, and in order to do that, they have to be in h.264 format. So to watch your videos on Front Row, you would have to convert them first.
    No, that's not the case in 10.5. It will play files from anywhere in the Movies folder...and even over a Network.

    Quote Originally Posted by bryphotoguy View Post
    oh Kash...
    Front Row that comes installed with 10.5 isn't necessarily linked to iTunes. It will recogize all of the iTunes library but it also recognizes anything in the movies folder. I got aliases to Video_TS folders in my movie folder. It picks up the link and plays Video_TS folder like a DVD.
    to the original poster, it's more than likely you need to download the DIVX codec. Put the movie in the movies folder.
    Tell us if it works or not.

    If you're running 10.4, do as Kash said.
    Rather than installing separate codecs for all kinds of things, my suggestion is to use the open source Perian plugin. It will bascially play anything besides WMV. So with Flip4Mac and Perian you can plan anything without messing with multiple codecs.

    http://perian.org
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    Quote Originally Posted by schweb View Post
    Rather than installing separate codecs for all kinds of things, my suggestion is to use the open source Perian plugin. It will bascially play anything besides WMV. So with Flip4Mac and Perian you can plan anything without messing with multiple codecs.

    http://perian.org
    YES!!!!! Thank you so much! Now everything plays in front row!

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    Front Row - Cant play films

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capt Crunch View Post
    YES!!!!! Thank you so much! Now everything plays in front row!
    I second capt crunch's comment. Perian is great. Thanks for the help guys

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