Mac OS X Leopard with Major DVD Player Upgrade?

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Appleinsider posts a description alongside artist renditions of upcoming changes to Leopard's DVD Player (5.0) software.

    Improvements range from fullscreen chapter navigation with chapter thumbnails, a time bar for visual scrubbing, satin platinum highlights, equilizer and other preferences.

    No word on any additional HD-DVD or Blu Ray support have been noted.
  2. twoodcc macrumors P6


    Feb 3, 2005
    Right side of wrong
  3. cvillian macrumors newbie

    Dec 25, 2006
    St. John's, Newfoundland
  4. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

    Scarlet Fever

    Jul 22, 2005
    I'd like it more if this was implemented into FrontRow. I use the DVD player in FR more than i use the DVD Player app.
  5. ero87 macrumors 65816


    Jan 17, 2006
    New York City
    excellent!! DVD player could definitely use an overhaul.
  6. Squonk macrumors 65816


    Mar 15, 2005
    Those mock-ups look nifty! It has that iPhoto feel to the chapter list at the top of the screen. I like it!

    That brings up a good point - isn't a DVD player redundant with FrontRow. Well, I suppose that is only true for the FrontRow equiped macs.. So the DVD player is more aimed at the older hardware?
  7. IEatApples macrumors 6502a


    Jan 26, 2004
    Northern Hemisphere (Norway)
    I've missed this like crazy: "a time bar for visual scrubbing" :)
  8. scotthew1 macrumors newbie

    Nov 14, 2006
    Could the new look on the mock-up be any indication to the new GUI in leopard?
  9. iVoid macrumors 65816

    Jan 9, 2007
    Does Front Row have a completely different DVD Player or does it just hook into the regular DVD Player?

    I'd find it surprising if Apple doesn't just have Front Row call the regular DVD player to play DVDs, even if it doesn't present the full DVD player app.
  10. Anonymous Freak macrumors 601

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    You mean... Like most DVDs have built into their own menu system?!?

    As for using the Front Row DVD Player more than the standalone: In Leopard, Front Row will be included for all computers, even without a remote.

    (Although this brings up the question: Will the Mac Pro be updated to include an IR receiver?)
  11. Durendal macrumors 6502

    Apr 12, 2003
    Please please please let this new version have 5.1 support. A lot of Macs have optical audio output that works just dandy with a 5.1 speaker set, so I hope that Apple includes support for 5.1 decoding. Better deinterlacing would be nice too.
  12. ViToMiNs macrumors newbie

    Jan 16, 2007
    Sounds great, unfortunately it makes me even more anxious of getting Leopard!
  13. mino macrumors newbie

    Aug 3, 2004
    I usually watch movies with a 5.1 speaker set. I connect optical audio to a receiver and it works just right with dolby surround and dolby digital: you just have to go in preferences menu and choose digital audio out.

    I hope that new DVD player will support Blu-ray and HD-Dvd, it wouldn't make sense not to add those features. (720p instead of 1080p in iTv doesn't make sense, too).
  14. rjfiske macrumors regular

    Dec 8, 2003
    Washington State
    Most, but not all. And if they do, it's a sub-menu off of the main menu. And even more often it's a sub-menu off of the sub-menu! So this means you would have to leave the movie, go to the main menu, go to the sub-menu (if there is one), navigate to the thumbnail and play. And of course on most of these menus, there's actually a number of different screens that you'd have to get to, to go to the right thumbnail:

    1-4 5-9 10-14 15-19

    If I understand it right, I would imagine Apple's solution greatly simplifies this. You don't leave the movie, you don't navigate to any sub-menu, you don't have to guess which thumbnail you need.

    Nevertheless it will be interesting.
  15. apple_iBoy macrumors 6502a

    Oct 28, 2003
    Philadelphia, PA
    My Mac Pro purchased last month cannot run Front Row (despite the fact that it is installed). At least, it can't without screwing around with some Library files, and I didn't have any luck doing that. :mad:

    Hopefully Leopard will allow all hardware that's up to the task run Front Row. Although I feel like if I'm sitting right in front of my computer, interacting with it via mouse and keyboard, it makes more sense to use the DVD program. I only feel the advantage of Front Row when I'm sitting further back and am using the remote control.
  16. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    Like some have already mentioned, I just assumed since Front Row was included with Leopard, that DVD would just be left out, as it's not needed anymore.

    Why do we need two DVD players?
  17. mino macrumors newbie

    Aug 3, 2004
    For the same reason we need iTunes and iPhoto. If you open front row and you watch photos, then you quit front row, you will notice that iPhoto is open. Front row uses other apps.
  18. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    Which, I must say, is very annoying.
  19. sikkinixx macrumors 68020


    Jul 10, 2005
    Rocketing through the sky!
    what is visual scrubbing? :confused:

    But overall that is pretty good, the DVD player needed a bit of help (I still can't figure out how to get 4:3 shows to stretch to widescreen :eek: )

    Just added another reason I'm stoked for Leopard :D
  20. iPoodOverZune macrumors regular


    Jan 13, 2007
    GetAMac ad

    yea, that new ad with PC getting a webcam installation from IT guy is hilarious. I like that ad more than PC upgrade one :D
  21. blur35mm macrumors member

    Jan 18, 2007
    DVD Player Dolby 5.1 & 720p Output

    DVD Player 4.6.5 definitely supports Dolby 5.1 output.

    Here is my question:

    I have a G4 Quicksilver PowerMac dual 1ghz 1.5 GB RAM. I plan to get a Mac Pro 8coremac when they come out.

    To turn my G4 into a video server serving up Video_TS folders (which DVD Player 4.6.5 currently supports(hope they do not take this away!)), I'd like to know three things:

    1. What audio card do I need to add to the G4 that will support Optical out Dolby 5.1 for my receiver to get the proper AC3 signal?

    2. What video card upgrade can I get for the G4 in order to output a true 1280x720p HD signal to my Projector (720p) (DVI to HDMI cable being the best option).

    3. What bluetooth cards can I get for my G4 to allow me wireless keyboard and mouse access?

    I really appreciate someone emailing me detailed information to blur35mm(at)gmail(dot)com. This has been impossible for me to find info on and is the final touch to my home theater. (website coming soon).

    Thanks to all!
  22. donlphi macrumors 6502


    May 25, 2006
    Seattle (M$ Country)
  23. apfhex macrumors 68030


    Aug 8, 2006
    Northern California
    This has been needed since the beginning of time!!! Maybe DVD Player will actually be useful in Leopard.
    I bet it has nice dim-vims too. :cool:
  24. Analog Kid macrumors 68040

    Analog Kid

    Mar 4, 2003
    The current DVD player has audio EQ...
  25. Silentwave macrumors 68000

    May 26, 2006
    Gainesville, FL
    Try again.


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