Show CD / DVD content in FrontRow

If you have a Mac Mini, a TV with a VGA or HDMI input and a good collection of data CDs and DVDs with DivX 😉 or xVid movies inside, this is your trick.

You can skip the gray text part because it does not work, in the end, in the black text you can see how to do the same but that it works. I want to leave this part gray because in theory it is the same and I still have to investigate why it fails.

I first tried it through the terminal like this it didn't work:

Create a soft link (ln -s) in the Movies folder. In theory it would be enough to type the following in the Terminal (Look for Terminal in SpotLight)

ln -s / Volumes "All Mac"

Then we copy the created link in the movies folder. It has not worked.

The other way to do it (This is the way it works):

We enable the view of hidden files in Finder with Blind or by typing:

defaults write AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
killall Finder

We can see within our system disk a folder called «Volumes»

We press the right button or Control + Click - Create Aliases
We move that Alias ​​to the Movies folder.
Rename "Volumes Alias" to "All Mac" or whatever name you like.

Now you go to FrontRow with the Apple Remote control, you go to movies / Movies folder and there you will find an item called "All Mac" that will allow you to browse all the discs that have been mounted on the system, including the CDs or DVDs that is currently on the tray.

Note: If you have not used Blind or another easy program to show the hidden ones and you want to hide them again, type:

defaults write AppleShowAllFiles FALSE
killall Finder

Now I can only investigate a trick to eject data CDs and DVDs with the Mac's controller.

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  1.   The Julian said

    I've been trying to do that for years, thanks !!! .. Too bad that for now I hardly use Front Row to watch movies, because the Leopard FR has problems with .srt subtitles… When will apple fix that?

    I already tried it and it works perfect.

  2.   jaca101 said

    Now I just need to make a long press on the menu button of the controller to eject the cd or dvd or run this pplescript:

    do shell script "drutil tray eject 1"

  3.   Jose Luis Colmena said

    There is a much easier way to do it, although the truth is that it is not entirely the same.

    Create an alias of the folder / HD you want and place it in / YourUsuario / Peliculas / el_alias from now on, when you access FR you go to movies and there you will have the alias with which you will access the disk in question. It also accepts network disks and by extension the TimeCapsule.

    The truth is that when I get home I will test what you say, if the volume is accessed as such it will be better than as aliases.


  4.   jaca101 said

    In fact, your trick was the first one I used but of course, if you link a CD it no longer works for a different CD ...