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DivX, XviD, Ogg Vorbis files with Front Row

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frechley Calculating status...
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Hi Everyone,

I do not currently own a mac and have been doing a fair amount of research about buying one. I have narrowed it down to getting the mac mini core-duo (or possibly a macbook depending on what the specs end up being). However, I currently have a few questions that I can't seem to find answers for.

I have a lot of AVI files (DivX, XviD, and Ogg Vorbis movies) that I would like to be able to access and watch using Front Row. I understand that FrontRow uses iTunes/Quicktime to play movies and as such any AVI files with variable bit rate audio will not work. I would also assume that Ogg Vorbis files would simply not work at all.

With this info in mind, here are my questions:

1) Is there a way (or will there be in the near future) to force Front Row to use a video player other than iTunes/Quicktime? If not, is there a way to ensure that Front Row would play any files that I throw at it?

2) Does Front Row seem to be a reliable way to view AVI files with the codecs that I mentioned?


Thanks in advance for any input.

Steve

homebrew   Windows XP Pro  
  • Kevin Arnold Level 2 Level 2 (325 points)
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    Apr 11, 2006 2:24 PM (in response to frechley)
    1) There is no way to have Front Row use another player. Front Row should be able to play any file that the QuickTime Player can play.

    Kevin
    Core Duo mini, Mac OS X (10.4.6)
  • Ron Napier Calculating status...
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    Apr 13, 2006 5:04 AM (in response to frechley)
    Microsoft dropped WM player for the mac support, so a third-party is currently doing plug-ins for QT. I've had problems with some .wmv files lately though. Other than that, it's basically only the .mpeg, .mpg, .m4v, .midi and a few others. I use VLC (free) for my .avi files; works great but isn't as aesthetic as Front Row...
    PowerBook G4 1.33Ghz; SuperD, Mac OS X (10.4.6)
  • Kevin Arnold Level 2 Level 2 (325 points)
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    Apr 13, 2006 8:22 AM (in response to Ron Napier)
    Yeah there is a great QuickTime plugin called Flip4Mac that allows you to play windows media files but it isn't a universal binary yet so only works on PPC.
    G5, G4s, Mac Book Pro, DC mini, Mac OS X (10.4.6)
  • iDVD Level 2 Level 2 (160 points)
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    Apr 14, 2006 10:17 PM (in response to Kevin Arnold)
    when you get a Mac, try and see if this works. put the movie on the mac and click on it once and hit Apple+ I and it should show the name of the file and the . adress change the . address to .mov (for movies) or .mp3(for music) or something like that.

    ~ChRiS
    iMac G5, original iBook Clamshell 300Mhz G3 OS9.2.2, eMachines T2080, Mac OS X (10.4.6), 512MB, 32MB, 480MB
  • Mitch Cohen Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)
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    Apr 15, 2006 11:13 AM (in response to frechley)
    I'll answer this question in another way. Front Row uses the Quicktime engine to play media. As others said, any format Quicktime knows about, you can play. While Quicktime itself doesn't know about DivX, ogg, etc, there are codecs available that extend Quicktime to allow the play of these formats. Once extended, any Quicktime-compatible app (including Front Row and iTunes) can play the files.

    On the newer Intel Macs things get a little complicated in the codecs must be compiled for Intel. I just installed the DivX codec for Intel on my Intel Mac Mini, and now it plays DivX movies through Front Row perfectly fine. <http://labs.divx.com/node/157>.

    There is an ogg codec for Quicktime. The official one isn't for Intel ("Universal Binary") yet, but there's mention of an unofficial version here: <http://forum.osx86project.org/lofiversion/index.php/t8118.html>. I haven't tried it.

    I have no idea about AIFF with variable bit rates. Some AVI files are playable in Quicktime (without anything extra). Others may require the Flip4Mac codec, which isn't out for Intel yet but will be soon (free).

    If you find some a/v files that don't play on the Mac once you get it, just sit tight as everything will come along soon.
  • iDVD Level 2 Level 2 (160 points)
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    Apr 15, 2006 5:14 PM (in response to Mitch Cohen)
    what do you need DivX for anyways?? who uses that player?

    ~ChRiS
    iMac G5, original iBook Clamshell 300Mhz G3 OS9.2.2, eMachines T2080, Mac OS X (10.4.6), 512MB, 32MB, 480MB
  • Mitch Cohen Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)
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    Apr 15, 2006 6:59 PM (in response to iDVD)
    DivX is a format common with people that encode their own DVDs to their hard drive, and/or offer video over the internet. I think Quicktime (or straight MPEG4) with H264 is a much better format, but DivX has a huge following especially amongst Windows users.
  • Moses Hoyt Level 2 Level 2 (240 points)
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    Apr 16, 2006 3:16 PM (in response to Mitch Cohen)
    I found an article that tells one how to use XviD files on Quicktime and thus Front Row, have a look:- http://www.mikecpeck.com/2006/04/play-xvid-movies-on-intel-mac.php

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  • amirjsi525 Calculating status...
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    Apr 10, 2007 1:00 PM (in response to frechley)
    To play DivX and XviD on the Mac using QuickTime and thus in Front Raw, you can go to: http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/30931

    Here you will find a nice plug-in called Perian. It's a plug-in for QuickTime. once you have it installed, you can view these files formats on it.
    PowerBook G4, Mac OS X (10.4.4), 17", 1.5 GB RAM, 120 GB HDD

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