Front row Question

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by cowman007, Apr 8, 2007.

  1. cowman007 macrumors regular

    Mar 17, 2007
    hi all

    I've been trying to use Front row for awhile now but have encountered some problems.

    I don't purchase a lot of movies, tv shows from iTunes, instead i buy mine from Futureshop, Best Buy etc and as a result I have a huge collection of store bought tv shows, movies etc in dvd cases.
    My question is how can i get Front row to recognize my dvds and tv shows and movies. Whenever i activate front row it says i need to purchase my stuff from the iTunes store. I am aware of a program called Mac the Ripper which lets me put my stuff onto my iMac but where do i go from there and how to i get front row to dinguish my ripped dvds as tv shows and movies.

    Any help will be appreciated.
  2. Gee macrumors 65816

    Feb 27, 2004
    London, UK
    Once you've ripped them off the DVD with Mac the Ripper, I think you need to convert them to something Frontrow friendly like mpeg4 - check out a program called Handbrake....
  3. iPhil macrumors 68040



    Gee is partly right ... Use the Mac the Ripper --link in my sig.

    Once you do that process then google dvd assist app then download the app install it.. There's a little file named .. rename title to dvd name then make an alias of the file and drag the alias to the movie folder in finder.. Then the movies will show up in Movies in Front Row :D :cool: :eek:
  4. cowman007 thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 17, 2007
    I dont fully understand what your saying can you please explain to me what you have to do after i rip using mac the ripper. Thnks alot.

    And even if i do follow that method Front row wont be able to tell the difference between my tv shows and my movies.
  5. iPhil macrumors 68040


    no need to 'convert' to mpeg 4 .. read post #3 for detailed info on ripped movies in frontrow
  6. cowman007 thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 17, 2007
    However my question is how can i get front row to reconize the difference b/w my tv shows and my movies. As i recall if i click on video the options are somethings like movies, tvshows and other things. If i purchase tv shows from iTunes then Front row will reconize them as tv shows and not movies but if i rip everything as a video_ts then front row will think all my dvds and movies. Is there anyway around this? Is there a folder within my hardrive which says tv shows, moves etc?????

  7. iPhil macrumors 68040


    well itunes music will be in front row.. But i don't know how to import Tv shows from dvd into front row
  8. speakerwizard macrumors 68000


    Aug 8, 2006
    use lostify, it will allow you to add metadata to class your mp4s as tv shows etc, there is a lot of posts on this subject in the forum im sure you could read as well
  9. CrzyCanuck72 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2003
    Front Row will recognize any files that are in your Movies folder, so if you put ripped DVDs in that folder (or any subfolder of the Movies folder), you can access them through Front Row.
  10. cowman007 thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 17, 2007
    i will try lostify thanks for this post. I will report back with my experiences.

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