Launch VIDEO_TS in Front Row
Front Row is an excellent application with a nagging problem irritating more than a couple of users…the lack of support for backed-up DVD files (aka VIDEO_TS folders). In order to play a DVD in FR, one has to actually insert the physical disk. Ironically, Apple’s DVD Player CAN play these backed-up files with no trouble…it’s just FR that won’t play nice.
With the cost of hard drive space so low, most of the movie fans I know have been archiving onto their HDs and storing the discs elsewhere. But accessing and playing these files in OS X meant either breaking out the mouse and keyboard or adding a third-party app followed by programming macro commands into a universal remote.
All that changed early last week. A developer at the AVS forums created a small program called DVD Assist that allows one to launch a VIDEO_TS folder from within Front Row and play it through Apple’s DVD Player. Coupled with the Apple Remote’s ability to control that DVD player and there’s now no reason for another input device!
I use my Mini primarily to watch HD programming through EyeTV 2.3, which is integrated nicely into Front Row. And I wanted to show how easily I’m now able to move between TV and a backed-up disc, so I posted a small movie at YouTube that shows how simple the entire process is!