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2187 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Sep 3, 2007 1:15 AM by eurobum
Currently Being ModeratedSep 2, 2007 10:24 AM (in response to eurobum)Whilst I'm not sure why your movies aren't appearing in front row, I wanted to help you with not being able to import avi's and the like into itunes.
Firstly, it's good that you have everything working in quicktime. Now, whilst you have a movie open in quicktime, click on file, then save as.
You will have two options when saving, and you want to select 'save as reference movie' This creates a small alias type file which can then be imported into itunes, where you can add movie / tv show / music video type information and play in frontrow.
Let me know if this helps
PaulMacBook pro 2.16GHz Duo, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
Currently Being ModeratedSep 2, 2007 10:33 AM (in response to eurobum)That's odd. Front Row picks up my .wmv files from my user's "Movies" folder (in addition to .mov and .mpg files). I don't have any .avi files, though. That is the way it's supposed to work. Are you certain the folder is your user's "Movies" folder? Not a folder somewhere else named "Movies"? It should be in this path:
<Macintosh HD>/Users/<your user short name>/Movies/
Does that folder have the correct icon? It hasn't accidentally been renamed with a space at the beginning or end like " Movies" or "Movies "?
-Doug2GHz Intel iMac 1GB RAM, 500GB HD Super Drive / 2GHz BlackBook 2GB RAM, 120GB HD, Mac OS X (10.4.10), AirPort Express / EyeTV Hybrid / 40GB iPod photo 4GB iPod nano (2G)
Currently Being ModeratedSep 3, 2007 12:51 AM (in response to eurobum)There you go. The other user short name! I never tried that, because I assumed the Movies folder that was in the sidebar from default would be the one. But yeah, all I did was create a Movies folder in the user short name (since there wasn't one to begin with) and voila! Thanks a lot!
And about making saves as reference movies - thanks for that advice, it's been very helpful in getting me started organizing my digital video library.
Still have some qualms about FR, though. The way videos are organized ... been playing with it for several hours today and here are some of my issues:
I like to keep my stuff organized ... I like the fact that I have the option of using either FR or iTunes (cover flow), so that's the route I'm taking using both. Already, things get complicated.
My video media is basically in three groups: movies, TV shows and music (music videos, concerts, etc.).
First off, I've decided to use the FR-designated Movies folder only for saved movie references. This is to avoid clutter, so the actual files are not in the Movies folder. Is this a wise idea? I'll tell you the basis for this decision.
When I first started organizing the files I found that any video placed in the Movies folder shows up in FR under .... yup, Videos->Movies. Be it music videos or anything TV shows. I don't like that. For everything that's not categorized as a movie, I'd like for those files to end up in their proper sub-menu in FR, but they don't. In iTunes, they are all in their proper place, because I've edited all the info so it looks neat and orderly.
Is there a way around that? What I've done to make it seem cleaner, is in the Movies folder with all the saved reference movies, I've organized it like this:
(user short name)/Movies/
- Movie A, Movie B, Movie C
- Other (folder containing all non-movies video files)
So all the files in Other has been correctly arranged via iTunes, so these files show up in the correct sub-menu in FR.
What I mean is that they show up twice in FR, once because they're in the Movies folder and then another time (this is what I want), because I've directed them to a specific category via iTunes, e.g. music videos. I only want them to show up once, not in sub-menu Movies of FR, but either TV Shows or Music Videos ... make any sense?
Please don't tell me it isn't possible, or maybe advice me a better way to organize it.
Also, I'm having trouble getting some files to play. They play fine in QT, but if I change some info in iTunes they won't play in FR ... and the preview thumbnail is just black.
And lastly, wow ... there is a lot of load time, when you start FR up ... it's weird, sometimes there is none, sometimes I'll have to wait two minutes once I've gone by the main menu. I thought using saved movie references would help the load time, since the actual library is not in the designated FR-folder.
That's basically it for now ... 1) organizational troubles 2) playback troubles and 3) load time.
So far, you guys have helped me solve my issue, hope you will again!
Currently Being ModeratedSep 3, 2007 1:15 AM (in response to eurobum).. oh, one last thing. I guess it goes under organizing as well. How come the order in which the sub-menus are made up of in FR are totally random? Not alphabetically listed at all or anything.
Both in the Movies folder and in iTunes they are properly listed in order:
Show A, season 1
Show A, season 2
But in FR it goes something like:
Show A, season 2
Show A, season 1
.. I figured there may be a correlation between issue # 1 from the previous post and this